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Fashion historian Amber Butchart explores the rise of second hand clothes found in charity shops and jumble sales, to vintage clothing seen in fashion magazines and on catwalks.

When are old clothes merely second hand and when are they vintage? Fashion historian Amber Butchart explores how our perception of cast off clothing has dramatically changed over the past hundred years.

In the first of two programmes, Amber visits shops, markets, museums and fashion houses in a quest to track how second hand clothes have gone from being simple hand-me-downs, only found in jumble sales and charity shops, to featuring in the pages of glossy fashion magazines and for sale at high prices in auction houses.

Producer: Phill Brown
An Alfi Media production for BBC Radio 4.

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Mon 2 Oct 2017 23:30

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