For a while we couldn’t get a clear picture from fashion and architecture magazines. We started to look towards the women who had lived in and around London and who owned property. What we noticed was that this group had a really distinctive fashion style – the women in the 1920s who owned, or cared for, the land were usually very successful and lived in fashionable homes and lived out of the city. We decided to set out to discover the women of the time.
For each of these 30 women we were sent their clothing at various stages of wearing time (which is a nice bit of history that didn’t have to be covered in the film!). We then set up a series of questionnaires so that we could be sure to know what the women were wearing. We even had a few volunteers who we asked to answer some questions because they may have been a bit of a mystery to us.
We gathered a selection of photographs and video recordings to illustrate each participant’s style and the history from which they were born.
We’ve written a new history of the Ladies Wear series – we invite you to read our interviews with many of the participants here. It’s a great history of the movement and the characters and communities that led it.
You can see a summary of all the articles we’ve written in our full series here.
Check out the rest of the collections to see all the fascinating pieces you can’t see below.
A study in the prestigious journal Science has shown that the human fetus may develop the same DNA patterns as an ancient fossil that lived in Canada as many as 40 million years ago.
Using ancient DNA analysis and other techniques, the researchers have determined that a small, rodent-like species called the dachshund — which we all know is no longer with us — may have migrated out of East Asia around 60 million years ago.
This finding suggests that dachshunds were very common in North America around this time, possibly as early as the Pleistocene epoch, which began with the advent of human agriculture.
The fossils from the site of Gros Morne, in southwestern Ontario, would have been a great boon to paleontologists, who would have been able to find new fossils of ancient species that were not known until later.
“Although Gros Morne, or the “Gros Morne Mound”, is still part of the site and most people visiting it know about its significance, this finds, published in the Nov. 14 issue
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