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1950s new look advert
Saturday 17 August

M&S in the 1950s: New fabrics, new technology and a New Look!

The 1950s: Glamour came bouncing back and M&S embraced the optimism of the decade by bringing high fashion to the high street. Fashion was no longer just for the elite, now everyone could afford catwalk-inspired clothes in fabulous new easy-care fabrics. The whole family was catered for with expansion of the Childrenswear department. 

1950s childs coat1950s toy cat

M&S made sure that these new garments were practical and comfortable to wear, in 1957 we decided to improve sizing for ready-to-wear clothes (like tailored ‘super-fit’ nylon stockings), which we created through surveys of women’s bodies. Very fitting indeed.

Join us for a day celebrating this remarkable decade 

There'll be rock’n’roll dance classes with Swing Dance Leeds, a display of previously unseen 50s fashions, including those wonderful dresses and special screenings of our fantastic 1950s cinema adverts... complete with popcorn!

All this as well as refreshments with a picnic theme... this is one not to miss!

1950s blue dress1950s red dress

This event is free and everyone is welcome, and we'd love to see your own 1950s outfits, so please dress to suit the decade if you'd like to!

There's no need to book, just drop in between 11am and 3pm. 

Dance classes will take place at 11.30am and 1.30pm. 


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Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours
  • Event: 11.00am-3.00pm
  • Opening Hours: 10.00am-5.00pm
  • Location
  • M&S Company Archive
  • Michael Marks Building
  • off Clarendon Road
  • Leeds
  • LS2 9JT (for Sat Nav use LS2 9LZ)