Albion Street 1939. Looking down the road towards The Hull Royal Infirmary, a large brick air raid shelter sits in the middle. Some people walk along the left side. The clock says it's 25 to 8 a.m.
Historic Non Fiction | Hull City Of Culture 2017 | Kingston Upon Hull History | Photographs | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle | The Hull Blitz

Hull History: Picture Research Albion Street In 1939 and The Hull Blitz

In 1911 when Editor Tess Flanders said: “use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words,” she’d hit the nail on the head about the soon-to-be popularity of photography, videos and visual media that floods our lives today. A picture does speak a thousand words and picture research – looking at them closely and researching what […]

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A color watercolour drawing of an imaginary sewing pattern cover. The top in rounded red and white writing says 60s Miss. Taille. Size 10. Pattern Patron. Underneath is a drawing of a women who looks like Jackie Kennedy wearing a burnt orange dress. The fabric is textured and she is wearing low heeled shoes. The logo says Designed And Made In Hull.
1940s Fashion | 1950s Fashion | 1960s Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | History Of Fashion Illustration | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Textile and Fabric History | The House Of Mirelle

Fashion History: Marjorie Field, Fashion Flats, Fashion Illustration and The House of Mirelle

One enjoyable aspect to having fashionable conversations is the associations it brings… They can be personal – recollecting the occasion an outfit was worn at, historical – what was happening in  the world at the time or creative and cultural – what it said about the fashion industry, for instance. A few weeks ago, having a […]

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Simplicity patterns 3914. Miss Size 16 bust 36. Lovely early 1960s dresses with full skirts and different styles of textiles.
1960s Fashion | 1970s Fashion | Fashion History | Historic Non Fiction | History Of Fashion Illustration | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Textile and Fabric History | The House Of Mirelle

Hull Fashion History: Dressmaking In The Early 1960s – A Misses Burnt Orange Cotton Dress

“Not burnished, burnt,” said Louise in the middle of a conversation. “You’re right,” I replied, “I like the word burnished and burnt orange is one of my most favourite colours you see. I’ve even got it at home.” Louise grabbed my attention by sharing a fascinating snippet from when she was a teenager. Her mother had […]

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A woman stands in a Parisian street wearing Christian Dior's New Look. On her head is a Coolie Hat. She has a light coloured tight fitting jacket with the characteristic flare from the waist. The dark skirt is ballerina length and flared. She is wearing black gloves.
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When Cherry Marshall Met Seignon: Making A Model and The Face Of Susan Small.

British Pathe 1954. Seignon is the first model to walk.  Irene Pearson wouldn’t have become Cherry Marshall if it hadn’t been for Seignon – it took a chance meeting in 1946 to seal the deal. Long before a marriage to writer Emanuel Litvinoff – or Manny – gave her that lucky break, she responded to […]

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A black and white photo of 3 women wearing long 1930s style gowns and hats. Each are the same length but with different designs and fabrics. They stand in garden in Hull. Elaine on the far right wears a long white dress possibly for a debutante ball.
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Hull History: Model Florence Elaine Wiberg; The Start Of A Fashionable Family In 1930s Hull

“Aunt Freda is on the left – she was the oldest of 6 children and mother is on the right,” says Louise MacFarlane, “Aunt Dor [Doris] in is the center.” Louise MacFarlane is the daughter of 1930s model Florence Elaine Wiberg, known as Elaine. She was perfectly placed in 1930s Hull to be spotted and […]

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Betty Bartlett, Hull Dressmaker marries in 1942 wearing a knee length Turquoise dress she made herself, matching her red hair.
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Beatrice Betty Bartlett, Dressmaker: 40 Years Of Design and Dressmaking In Hull, UK

  Anne Kettley talks of her mother’s dressmaking skills with pride: “she didn’t know how to do anything else,” she explains, “but working at the House Of Mirelle must have been the start of it all.” “She couldn’t do embroidery, knitting or tapestry, all she could do was designing and making clothes. “We never had […]

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A black and white photo taken at a wedding. Marie marries in 1952 wearing a light blue wedding dress designed and made at Elsie Battle, Hull. The dress is a halter neck and the design was based on the wedding dress of Lady Mountbatten.
1950s Fashion | Fashion History | Historic Non Fiction | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle | Vintage Fashion

Hull Fashion History: The House Of Mirelle Wouldn’t, So I Had My Wedding Dress Made By Elsie Battle Instead. A Story From 1952.

“I was born and worked in Hull,” says Marie Jubb as she starts her story. “I worked in a small office in a very big society on Lowgate but my bank was 3 or 4 doors away from The House Of Mirelle.” “I was a Jaeger girl, I loved their clothes. Working in the office I had […]

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Elka Couture Dress Hull Museums.
1960s Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | Kingston Upon Hull History | The House Of Mirelle

Curious About Your House of Mirelle or Elka Couture Item? Susan Capes From Hull Museums Answers Your Questions

Hull Museums are situated in the grand old sector of the British city near to the River Hull.  The group of buildings house collections focusing on the rich and long cultural history of the once medieval city. In the Hull Museums catalogue, avid fashion researchers find it includes an Elka Couture dress. The museums also house hats and […]

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Archive

The Mirelle Historic Archive is a collection of items associated with the history of The House of Mirelle.  It contains: photographs newspaper clippings fashion articles fashion show programmes clothing – modern costume fashion illustrations personal mementos interviews and oral history Items from the archive are part of the lecture The House of Mirelle 1938-1978 Forty […]

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About

  (The film is “Fashion House”, a collection of clips from British Pathé, 1950-1969. It has no sound) Welcome to the House of Mirelle, a resource for you to learn about fashion history, social history and Hull’s fab fashion house!    The House Of Mirelle was a high end fashion house that existed in the […]

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Talks and Lectures

THE HOUSE OF MIRELLE HULL 1938-1978 Forty Years Of Fashion History Want to learn more about the history of The House of Mirelle in an interactive talk or teaching session?  The session includes research into Mirelle and Oral History – the voices of those who’ve contributed to the archive ‘in their own words.’ Subject areas […]

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Books

Houseofmirelle.uk publishes information about the history of Hull’s famous fashion house.   ** Coronavirus update **   While we face the closure of library shelves we’re happy to give you an e-version to read.   Click here      Mira Bibbero Johnson   Family, Philanthropy, Fashion: A Biography of Hull’s Actress-Entertainer   In 1840 a […]

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