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Title The Comedy of Errors: costume being created
Collection London College of Fashion - College Archive
Artist Photographer unknown
Creator Corporate Name Barrett Street school
Date 1933
Description Notes from the performance programme which is preserved in the archives: "Students in the play are members of the Dressmaking, Embroidery, Ladies' Tailoring and Hairdressing sections of the full-time day departments. Trade overalls Notes in the archive indicate that, from the 1915 inception of the Trade School for Girls at Barrett Street, pupils wore trade overalls that reflected their area of study. From the photographic archive, the following convention seems to have been followed up until the mid-1930s, with some possible exceptions for hairdressing students during the early years of the school: Dressmaking students - wore white overalls with red and green embroidery. Embroidery junior students - wore white overalls with collars embroidered in orange and gold Embroidery senior students - wore white overalls with embroidered monograms Tailoring students - wore blue overalls (these appear dark in the black and white archive images) Hairdressing junior students - wore short sleeved overalls with black and white embroidered collars Hairdressing senior students - wore plain white overalls During this period, overalls may also have been characterised by the cut of the neckline: round necks for embroidery students, square necks for dressmaking students. This differentiation is at times seemingly inconsistent in the photographic archive, although it has been reported by at least one historian who has studied the history of the London trade schools. Around the early to mid 1930s, trade overalls for students were changed to wrap around garments. No uniforms were required for mature evening students of any period.
Cultural Context English
Id Number Current Repository LCF0442
Location Current Repository London College of Fashion
Location Former Repository Barrett Street Trade School
Subject Theatre: theatre studies, drama, historic costume, womenswear, menswear, dresses, headdress, tunic, embroidery, beadwork, Shakespeare, drama, hood, female students, trade overalls, uniforms
Measurements 236 x 190 millimetres
Relation Old LCF0101 and LCF0259; and see other works of drama
Rights Owner London College of Fashion
Style Period Medieval, 1930s
Technique photography
Work Type photograph



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