We’re excited to share the most recent additions to the collection.
A Very Special Donation
Following a wardrobe clear-out, a recent visitor has kindly donated some amazing vintage M&S garments offering a fascinating glimpse into the 1940s and 1950s. A keen collector of vintage and particularly 1950s designs and prints – the donor thought these pieces were too good not to share!
Some highlights from the donation:
Pale blue blouse, 1940s
During the Second World War, the government ensured garment quality remained high by introducing regulations for manufacturers. Known as the Utility Scheme, the regulations were implemented in 1942. This blouse was produced under the scheme, and carries the CC41 label.
Grey floral skirt, 1950s
This skirt features an unusual print – bright pink roses stand out against a wintery grey background.
Child’s skirt, 1958
Another unique print, this children’s skirt features figures holding bright balloons whilst birds fly overhead. The skirt was featured in a 1958 M&S advert, allowing us to date the skirt more accurately.
Horse print skirt, 1950s
Novelty prints were very popular at M&S during the 1940s and 1950s. These hand-drawn horses are a perfect example of the playful style of M&S designers in the mid-20th century – influenced by textile artists like Lucienne Day.
Harvest-print skirt, 1950s
This cream cotton skirt features a vibrant print with bouquets of red poppies, daisies and ears of corn. The print shows the influence that folk art and natural subjects had on textile design in the 1950s.