Do you know anything about these brands?

This post follows on from my previous post on the Vogue Book of British exports. Again, it is a plea for help with my Masters research into the “Model House Group” and “Fashion House Group”. Since I have been writing this blog I have had quite a number of people contacting me as they are the children/ grandchildren of designers whom i have mentioned on my blog. Therefore I am hoping that I might just strike lucky again…

I am currently researching into a number of key British Ready-to-Wear companies (“model” houses) who were in operation in the 40s and 50s. If anyone has any interesting titbits (or owns garments by the following brands) that are pre-1965 please let me know! I am primarily interested in pieces that date from ’45 to around ’65.  In brackets I have put the brands “diffusion” lines that I am also interested in/ who the designer/ owner was. I will be posting more about my research, and what I’m up to over the next few months, but this is just me after some help by my lovely readers.

– Frederick Starke, Mr Starke is my primary concern…I’ve actually become really rather obsessed with this man! (Also Fredrica and Starke of London)

-Brenner Sports

-Mary Black

– Dorville (Olive O’Neill- designer Rose and Blairman was the parent company) (also Corvette)

-Koupy  (Chas Kuperstein)

-Elizabeth Henry

-Marcus (Marcusa) (Wanda and Otto Marcus)

-Jersey company

-Matita (Mr Adler was the owner)

-Rima (also Atrima)

-Silhouette de luxe

-Simon massey

-Susan Small  (Leslie Carr-Jones and Christopher Carr-Jones)

-Spectator sports

-Verner Vogue

For reference here are just a few ad’s from these companies. I’ve been lucky enough to go through EVERY British Vogue between 1945 and 1961, so this is where these come from. I am now just wading through the export magazine Ambassador too.

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Mary Black September 1953

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Matita June 1954

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Brenner sports September 1953

I’m particularly interested if anyone OUTSIDE the UK had garments by these brands, as the Model House Group’s primary function was to promote export of goods. So yes, If YOU have any information on any of these brands or garments from pre 1965 just drop me an email

50s delights!

I just wanted to share a selection of the lovely items I have for sale on ebay this week. I have really been raiding my extensive collection to bring you some of THE best 50s dresses out there.

View all this weeks listings here

This lovely Kitty Copeland dress has a matching jacket. I originally purchased it with a selection of super high quality late 50s ready-to-wear items. A number of which I will be selling shortly. The lady also had dresses by the likes of Sambo fashions (the sambo dress has a label I have never before seen!), Victor Josselyn and 1950s Wallis too. View the listing here.
View the listing here.

I adore this little pink number, and I am sure the dress is a Horrockses number, even though it doesn’t have the infamous label. The print is one that I know I have seen before (I think in one of the Horrockses pattern books). Get this at a bargain price as it doesn’t have the label, but trust you are buying a superb quality item!
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i can’t believe I am selling this amazing dress by Melbray, I think it is the best quality dress I have on offer this week, and has a really look of Dior to it in its shaping. Due to the bold print it was difficult to capture in the pictures, but trust me it is a showstopper!
View the listing here.

Not to worry if full skirts aren’t your thing, I also have a selection of late 1950s wiggle dresses too.
View the listing here.

The selection of pretty vintage nylon dresses (all with crazy full skirts) all came from the same lady.
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This little number, probably by London Town has to be one of the most unusual shape 1950s dresses I have had the pleasure of owning.
View the listing here.

I also have a selection of fab vintage 50s skirts on offer.
View the listing here.

This 70s dress is so wearable, and can easily create an authentic 50s look. I love the button front style. It also has its original belt, but I forgot to photograph this when I was writing out all the listings.
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I also have a selection of original 80s Laura Ashley dresses. These are all still at absolute BARGAIN prices (seeing as I often see LA dresses of this age go for £50+).
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All of these dresses are very much in a “pinks and blues” colour theme. If these colours are not for you, do not despair, as I have another sale coming up at the end of June filled with gorgeous dresses in shades of white, yellow, orange and green. Yet MORE treats for you all! The next sale will start on Thursday 27th June

View all this weeks listings here