M&S Underwear

Teachers' notes

This resource is part of a 'Fashion and Food' theme intended to provide a broad picture of product design, using selected items from the M&S Company Archive collection of clothing and food packaging images. The overall aim of the Fashion related resources is to show changing fashions throughout the history of the Company, changes in products over time and how this links to wider social history and world events.

Due to the nature of the subject matter in this resource, teachers are advised that it is aimed at older students to use as inspiration for design projects, or for those researching styles from different periods in 20th Century history.

The discussion and activity ideas page suggests ways in which the material in this resource can be used to prompt further research or as points of interest and debate for reminiscence groups.

FE/HE Subject Links:

BA (Hons) Fashion Design
BTEC Fashion & Clothing (Lingerie)
City & Guild Certificate in Design & Craft - Fashion (Lingerie)

Learning Objectives:

  • Knowledge of the development of M&S lingerie from the 1920s to the 1970s
  • Understanding of how the M&S underwear range became an important factor in the company's success in the 20th Century
  • Improved research and investigation skills, looking at archive photographs and examining further online resources

See also these other M&S fashion related resources:  

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