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Couture or Trade

An Early Pictorial Record of the London College of Fashion


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Couture or Trade by Helen Reynolds
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London's fashion industry had long produced luxurious hand-made clothing for women of the leisured classes. However, by the end of the 19th century the West End was suffering a shortage of skilled employees and trade was being lost to Paris. The response to this challenge was the founding in 1906 of women's trade schools, with a needle-trade curriculum devised in close co-operation with leading dressmakers and the exclusive London stores. The London College of Fashion had its origin in three of those schools, in Barrett Street, Shoreditch and Clapham.

Author Biography

HELEN REYNOLDS is a reseacher at the London College of Fashion. One of the first students to gain a Master's degree in the History of Dress and Textiles, at Winchester School of Art, she lectures widely on the history of dress and has presented papers on the subject at a number of important conferences. This is her first full book. She is now developing her research into the history of needle-trade education towards a doctorate.
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January 1st, 1997
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Phillimore & Co Ltd
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