Posts tagged with 'fashion'
We are honoured to have a guest blog from Joyce Bailey, daughter of the late Lois K Alexander Lane who is celebrated on our Black Achievers Wall at the Museum.
As a young girl, Lois K Alexander would look in boutique store windows and sketch the clothes she liked. She was clearly gifted, but not allowed to go in the stores to buy anything because of her race. She later set out to dispel the myth ‘that Blacks were new found talent in the fashion industry’ and studied for a Master’s Degree from New York University. From there, her career in fashion was unstoppable. Read more about the incredible Lois K Alexander Lane, with thanks to her family:
“My mother was born Lois Marie Kindle in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 11, 1916. I have been told everyone knew she was destined for greatness.”
“As a young girl, she would go downtown, look in boutique store windows and sketch the garments she favored. She was not allowed to go in the stores to buy anything because of her race. Mom purchased fabric and notions from the Five & Dime stores which she took home and produced garments similar to the ones she sketched. She made clothing for her mother, two sisters and her doll babies.
“Mom graduated from Virginia’s Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and in the 1940s came to Washington, DC and began a career in the federal government. Starting as a clerk-stenographer for the War Department in 1942 and ending her tenure in 1978 as a Planning and Community Development Officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“In the 1960s, after being told by a New York University professor that Blacks had not made any contributions to the fashion world, she set out to dispel the myth that Blacks were new found talent in the fashion industry. She received her Master’s Degree from New York University. Her thesis title was “The Role of the Negro in Retailing in New York City from 1863 to the Present” (1963).
“Mom established two custom wear boutiques – one in Washington, DC (The Needle Nook) and one in New York City (Lois K. Alexander & Co.). In 1966, she founded the Harlem Institute of Fashion, an educational institute that offered free courses to students interested in dressmaking, millinery and tailoring. In the same year she founded the National Association of Milliners, Dressmakers and Tailors.
“In 1979, she founded The Black Fashion Museum (BFM) in New York City, committing the rest of her life to telling the world about the centuries of contributions women and men of the African Diaspora have made to fashion and design.”
Find out more about our Black Achievers Wall as well as all the free events we have lined up for Black History Month in the UK this October.
19 January 2018 by Jo Keenan
Please note all tickets for this event have now been allocated.
Ever felt like developing some portrait photography skills? If so why not join photographer Steve Judson for one of two free workshops at the Lady Lever Art Gallery on 11 February, inspired by the Model Image: fashion and photos from the 1950s exhibition. Each one hour photography workshop is suitable for young people aged 14 years and over and adults. The workshop is suitable for beginners as no photography experience is necessary.
Working with models and photographing them in a unique setting is a fantastic opportunity to build upon your photography skills, so bring along your creative ideas and get the most out of this special workshop. This is a superb opportunity whether it’s your first steps in working with models or wanting to expand your portfolio. Read more…
29 March 2016 by Megan
Are you a fan of classic Hollywood movies from the 1930s ? If so, take a look at Putting on the Glitz, the new exhibition at Sudley House, where you can see 20 outfits that wouldn’t look out of place in a film starring Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. Read more…
9 March 2016 by Liz
In modern society many of us try not to make too many assumptions about people based on what they look like, and doing so is a point of debate. Modern campaigns promote body positive attitudes regardless of physical appearances, and work to prevent the imposition of gender stereotypes on the way children are dressed.
However, the fashion and associated industries are heavily based on the assumption that we want to make ourselves look certain ways to express something of our identities. People dress to please themselves, to fit in with like-minded people, to attract a partner, and to enhance their careers. Read more…
10 February 2016 by Ann
The striking 1930s evening dresses from the Putting on the Glitz exhibition would not have been complete when originally worn without a beautiful hairstyle to finish the look. This half term, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is hosting a unique event in partnership with Andrew Collinge Hairdressing to show the modern woman and man how dressing to impress really should be done.
8 October 2015 by Lisa
Are you a fan of classic Hollywood movies from the 1930s? If so, you’ll love ‘Putting on the Glitz’, the new exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. There will be 20 outfits on display that wouldn’t look out of place in a film starring Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. Here’s Pauline Rushton, Curator of Costume and Textiles, to tell us about her favourite gown from the exhibition: Read more…
18 September 2015 by Lisa
London Fashion Week kicks off on 18 September 2015! I’ve been avidly scrolling through #LFW on Twitter and Instagram to get my fashion fix as I can’t be there in person.
If you can’t make it down to London either, then you can at least check out our fashion displays at the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House. Read more…
19 March 2015 by Lisa
A new display by design students from Liverpool Hope University has just gone on display at the Walker Art Gallery. ‘Back to the Future’ is a display of new work created by the students as a response to historic pieces in the collections of the Walker Art Gallery. Read more…