What We Wore | A history of fashion from 1720 to 1982
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 21 April 1957
DURATION | 14 minutes 34 seconds
In the first programme of this fascinating series, the marvellous Doris Langley Moore looks at fashion evolution and sources of inspiration. Using authentic period costumes modelled by some familiar faces, she addresses issues such as why cloaks resembled lampshades in the 19th century and how bustles evolved from crinolines.
Although the series was filmed in colour, the ability to actually transmit programmes in colour was slower to develop and didn't start on the BBC until 1967. As the Queen Mother had opened the Museum of Costume at Eridge Castle in 1955, and to enable her to appreciate the full colour spectacle, she was invited to a private film viewing at the BBC a few days before the programme aired in 1957. The collection was eventually moved to Bath and Doris Langley Moore made sure that every 12 months a new addition was made to represent that year's fashion. Mary Quant designed the dress that was chosen for 1963.
The BBC's first ever series in colour explores the history of fashion.
Irrational clothes - a look at why we wear things we can't function in.
How fashion dictates body shape and facial decoration.
From christenings to funerals - how clothes signify important occasions.
Everyday wear from the last 200 years.
'The purpose of most fashion is to be ostentatiously non-functional.'
Keep up to the minute by making this attractive and versatile dress.
Suits for women of all shapes, sizes and postcodes.
Solve your outer-wear problems with a fashionable and functional coat.
Look smart and stylish with this trendy suit.
Making fashionable garments at a fraction of the retail cost.
In fashion 'all designers should be obsolete'.
How to make your own Caroline Charles outfit.
The Queen Mother sends her appreciation of 'Men, Women and Clothes'.
The BBC's report into what audiences thought about the first episode of 'Men, Women and Clothes'
The first of a two-part, graphics-laden supplement to accompany the series 'Clothes That Count'.
The second of a two-part, graphics-laden supplement to accompany the series 'Clothes That Count'.
Viewing figures for the programme and responses from members of the public.
Suggestions for ways of extending the popularity of the television series on knitting.
A no-holds-barred rejection of suggested ideas for books to accompany the TV series.
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