Fashion in the 1950s

A fashion show in 1950s Yorkshire

In 1947, female employees at Parker's Mill in Bingley put on a fashion show of clothes they had made in the mill's workshops. The fashion show was filmed and included in a promotional film made by the mill, which is now preserved by the Yorkshire Film Archive. 

In the film, the women take turns to model the latest designs in dresses, walking across a stage decorated with pastel coloured drapes and flower arrangements.


Activity: 'Imagine you were there'

Students from St Bart's Primary School in Leeds watched the film of the fashion show and then imagined that they were one of the people at the show. This is what they thought they would...


See: People modelling clothes. There is a lady in a black and cream dress. In the background there is a chair and some curtains.


Hear: Music and the sound of someone speaking.


Smell: Perfume and flowers.


Taste: Champagne, wine or beer.


Touch: The feel of fabric, dresses and the flowers.

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