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    Understanding Fashion: History Under Wraps

    Friday 20 November

    How can our smalls help us understand social history?

    The Understanding Fashion programme gives you the opportunity to explore the M&S clothing collection and what fashion reveals about us and our society. You’ll start to see fashion in a whole new light!

    All sessions in the programme are free and include light refreshments. This programme is part of The Enterprise of Culture, a Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) funded project led by Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk of the School of History, University of Leeds www.enterpriseofculture.leeds.ac.uk

    History Under Wraps

    Starting with the first M&S bra in 1926, this fascinating session explores changes in lingerie over time and shows how our smalls can help us to gain a bigger understanding of history. Special guest speaker Lorraine Hamilton Smith (London College of Fashion) will focus on M&S underwear in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Speakers: Katharine Carter, M&S Company Archivist, and Lorraine Hamilton Smith, London College of Fashion.

    Booking is essential as places are limited. To reserve a place and for further details, please email companyarchive@marksandspencer.com or call us on 0208 718 2800.


    Light refreshments included.


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    Visitor Information

    Opening Hours

    Event: 12 noon

    Opening hours: 10am to 5pm


    M&S Company Archive
    Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds
    Leeds LS2 9JT
    (SatNav LS2 9LJ)


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