Fashion history at Lyme

TAILOR and fashion historian Curtis Fulcher comes to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Friday 20th March to give a talk and demonstration on the world of fashion.

Fulcher, who has worked on costume for the stage and period garments for the television and film industry, will explore how major historic events contribute to the clothes of that epoch. He will look at questions such as: What influence did the war have on the style, shape, and fabrics used in clothes? or What impact did the economic change have on the fashion world?

Taking a look at the first half of the 20th century, the focus of the talk will be on some of the fashion powerhouses, such as Chanel, Dior, Norman Hartnell  and Hardy Amies, and will be followed by a Q&A, and the opportunity for the audience to explore the costumes on display.

The discussion will chart the history from the 1900s to women’s liberation, including two world wars, and some of the historic achievements that have contributed to the ever-changing style of fashion.

Curtis, who ran a similar workshop and talk in Bridport last year, says: “I am passionate about maintaining the skills involved with making something from fabric, as well as an aim to help with saving the
planet. Fast fashion is a worrying development with garments being mass produced and then wasted. Interestingly the start of the mass production of fashion began in the early 1900s which the talk in the evening will address.”