The turn of the century to the end of the 1950s was a period of great change – empires rose and fell, social structures were dismantled, humanity weathered two world wars and a great depression. Likewise, codes of dress were being torn up and rewritten, and modern fashion was born.

From the conservative styles of the Edwardian period and the relaxed silhouettes of the Roaring Twenties, through to the “New Look” of the 1950s, our archive showcases the eternal glamour of fashion’s golden age.

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