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Men, Women and Clothes
How Fashions Come and Go
BBC Fashion Program from 1957
Episode 1/6 - How Fashions Come and Go
The BBC's first ever series in colour explores the history of fashion.
21 April 1957
The marvellous Doris Langley Moore looks at fashion evolution and sources of inspiration.
Using authentic period costumes modelled by some familiar faces, she addresses issues
such as why cloaks resembled lampshades in the 19th century and how bustles evolved
Although the series was filmed in colour, the ability to actually transmit programmes in colour
was slower to develop and didn't start on the BBC until 1967.
As the Queen Mother had opened the Museum of Costume at Eridge Castle in 1955, and to
enable her to appreciate the full colour spectacle, she was invited to a private film viewing at
the BBC a few days before the programme aired in 1957.
The collection was eventually moved to Bath and Doris Langley Moore made sure that every
12 months a new addition was made to represent that year's fashion. Mary Quant designed
the dress that was chosen for 1963.
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