Horrockses Fashions

Saturday, 27 November 2010

This was another exhibition I went on the 27th Oct for research (I'm such a nerd lol). It was the Horrockses Fashions at the Fashion and Textile Museum. The last ime I went there, which in February (quite a while) I saw the exhibition for Foale and Tuffin creating fashion for the young during the 60s, which I loved. But this one I went to was just as amazing. Horrockses Fashions Limited is a manufacturer that created fashion garments for women in the 1940s and 1950s. I loved the clothes :) There were lots of full skirt dresses which ranged from summer dresses, beachwear to evening elegant dresses. The style during that era was very feminine and lady-like, something like...Marilyn Monroe would wear. The prints stood out, they were very bright and colourful, seems so fun to wear.
Immediately, the prints caught my eye in the glass displays. There were quite a few fabric designs by Pat Albeck and some dresses made by Alastair Morton. I was quite immersed in the garments and I heard it was really cheap in those days! It told a story of how the manufacturer started with the fashion design process in a Horrockses dress and also working with designers. 

This garment below (left) is a wedding dress deisgned by Marta Pirn for Daphne Patten's wedding in 1950. The dress is quite simple but I really like it, I think it has a modest feminine edge. I also love the dress on the right is so gorgeous! The prints are lovely.

Here are some beachwear fashion dresses:

These are the prints (below) I was talking about. So colourful and vibrant, don't you think? I liked how the designer started working on paper before applying on fabric.

I love that playsuit!

I brought this tote bag after I finished gawking at the Horrockses dresses. I like the banana prints, they're quite funny. The cost was not that bad ;)

What do you think?


  1. Wow some dresses are really great!

  2. LOVEEEE it; ironicly i'm actually watching a 1940s movie:) lovwe them.

  3. HeyXDXD another post;D
    loooooove those picsXD
    everything is just so colourful:D My fave part are those prints;D I love them, they're vibrant, like your said;D I'm waiting for more;D

  4. Oh, I was forgetting...the bag is freaking funnyXD


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