Light Hearted Clothes: Horrockses Post-War Ready to Wear

Review of the Horrockses’ day at the Lancashire Archives re-blogged from Eccentric Archive

Eccentric Archive

As Spring is upon us, fancy turns to a new frock and nostalgically to Horrockses’ fresh, flamboyant, fashions of the 40s and 50s.

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At the beginning of the month Lancashire Archives in Preston held a celebration of all things Horrockses.  These included talks by archivist Keri Nicholson, historian David Hunt and design historian Chris Boydell.


Boydell’s talk presented Horrockses Fashions as a case study in the business history of textiles, drawing on business records, design archives, interviews with employees and customers, a study of the clothes themselves (located in museum and private collections) as well as extensive research into branding, retailing, marketing and advertising.

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Lancashire Archives organised a full day’s event with exhibitions, workshops and a display of textile art inspired by the company’s history.  They were supported by the Textile Society with the aim of promoting research and reviving interest in the archive.  The Textile Society had also given…

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