The Gallery of Costume in Platt Fields park houses one of the largest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in Britain, containing over 20,000 items, including numerous stunning outfits by leading French designers.
On Saturday 16th March 2013, Gemma Camlin and Victoria Watkins gave a presentation about aspects of French fashion in the 1960s, with examples drawn from the collection.
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La Mode des années soixante
Report by Ellen Howells
On Saturday March the 16th, students from the university and some lucky passers-by were treated to an illuminating short talk on the history of sixties French fashion at the Gallery of Costume. Fourth year French students Gemma Camlin and Victoria Watkins produced a series of introductory presentations about a selection of eminent French designers, including Pierre Cardin, Andre Courrèges and Yves St Laurent.
The afternoon kicked off with music from Francoise Hardy and chat with other students, before the talks began. Gemma and Vicky are both currently working on dissertations which focus on the cultural significance of the fashion world, and the talks were thus extremely well informed and really interesting. Thanks to the generosity of the Costume Gallery the girls were able to show the audience actual pieces from the era, including an Yves St Laurent smoking suit and futuristic Pierre Cardin shift dress. Being able to see and examine the clothes brought the talk to life and was a rare treat.
The afternoon ended with a selection of fabulous cakes and hot drinks, kindly provided by the gallery. All in all a lovely and enlightening afternoon! Many thanks to girls, Prof. Dee Reynolds, and the costume gallery.