British Dress Design of the Jazz Age
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF
The Queen’s support for British design has played a key role in the growth of the UK fashion industry. When she was born in 1926 Her Majesty’s mother, then Duchess of York, and grandmother Queen Mary were dressed exclusively by London dressmakers with their own Houses. There were some 200 London Court Dressmakers and others in major British cities and a few branches of French couture houses, with famous department stores owning their own in-house labels.
Accompanied by rare photographs of Society fashions from the 1920s, Michael Pick will document how the Royal family embraced the changing hemlines and silhouettes of the late Jazz Age, and how the genius of one man helped set the course of modern British fashion.