What We Wore | A history of fashion from 1720 to 1982
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 28 April 1957
DURATION | 14 minutes 34 seconds
In the second programme of the series, Doris Langley Moore looks at impracticality in fashionable clothing and how it has been popular throughout history. Impractical, ornate clothes signified a person of leisure who took no part in manual labour. This particular fashion imperative was turned on its head, of course, with the arrival of the Swinging 60s and the democratisation of fashion brought about by people such as Twiggy and Mary Quant.
Famous faces to watch out for in this episode include actress Vanessa Redgrave and her mother Rachel Kempson, actor Ron Moody - famous for his role as Fagin in the film version of 'Oliver' - Dora Bryan, stalwart of British cinema throughout the 1940s and 1950s - and the celebrated stage actress Irene Worth.
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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