The House Of Mirelle, vintage fashion and British social history
20th century British history and vintage fashion is my passion. It maps our nation’s lives, talents and our creativity through the stories people tell and the memories they share.
It’s not only about fashion. The history of that industry documents the role and skills of women, families, friends and colleagues through its artistic and commercial mix.
It grew our high streets, changed local history, impacted on cities and shaped the business and culture in Britain as a whole.
My writing genre is ‘creative non-fiction’. It is grounded in a mixture of research and interviews so that I can tell the story that brings history alive.
When not writing I can be found trawling through charity shops to extend my collection of clothing patterns from the past.
An avid dressmaker, this is inevitably followed up with scribbled algebra on scraps of paper to fit them to the modern woman.
My work space is my creative space. I make clothes in the same place as I write, looking out of the long light windows onto my urban garden.
I am currently researching and writing a non-fiction book about the history of British couture in Hull in the 1940s, 50s and 60s called The House Of Mirelle.
Member of the Fashion Research Network
Honorary Member of the Hull and District Local History Research Group.
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