Clothes That Count - Shirt Waister

This programme is much more than just a practical guide to making a shirt waister dress. There are as many fashion tips as sewing suggestions, an interview with a designer about how to achieve the couture look on a 'paper-pattern budget' and a frankly disturbing military-style catwalk show. Altogether this programme forms a revealing insight into the fashion priorities of 1967.

Examples of clothing designed by Mattli, who was famous for dresses with plunging necklines, are held in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fashion Museum in Bath.

↗ Originally broadcast 24 October 1967.

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