1957 BBC series on fashion history by Doris Langley Moore

If you are interested in primarily 18th, 19th and early 20th century fashion then I highly recommend taking the time to view the following series of films. I never realized this series even existed until about a week ago when I found them on Youtube!

This was apparently the first series ever filmed in colour by the BBC even though they were unable to broadcast in colour for another decade.  The woman speaking is Doris Langley Moore, the founding curator of the Bath Fashion Museum collection in 1963. She uses live models for this 1957 presentation of her authentic clothing, which would make most curators cringe today, however, to see how the dresses move is a fantastic resource. If you watch carefully you may recognize some of the models, including a young Vanessa Redgrave.

I have saved them to a file, there are 6 presentations, shown in two parts each. Each part is about 7 minutes long. If you don’t want to see them all at once, you can go back in and start at a different spot.

BBC history of fashion

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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1 Response to 1957 BBC series on fashion history by Doris Langley Moore

  1. Jen O says:

    Thanks for taking the time to compile this group for us, it’s a great resource!

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