Wartime influences on male fashion will be the subject of a half-hour talk in the War Memorial Gallery on May 2 at 8pm. The talk will be followed by dance routines by the Belle Hoppers. The talk will be repeated at 1.15pm on May 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
The talk will be presented by Tadhg Morgan, who is a collector of wartime militaria and civilian costumes. He will examine the impact of age, social class, location, occupation and aspirations on wartime fashion and style by film stars such as Cary Grant and Clark Gable. His talk will be illustrated with clips from Pathé newsreels.
There will be a special focus on military uniforms.
Window displays and show cases will contain period clothes, also two tone shoes, shaving brushes, Picture Post and much else.
Commenting on the talk, the Curator, Ciaran Elizabeth Doran said “The displays will demonstrate how, even before a soldier or a sailor had left home, the war effort was already influencing the clothing he wore.”
A Strictly Come Darning open workshop by our Education Officer and textile expert, Jenny Haslett, will be held on Wednesday May 8 at 11am. The public are invited to visit the gallery to practice darning, make a knitted bow tie or perhaps a wartime woollen rug. The workshop will be complemented by a running picture show and a display of some textiles from our collection.
The talk and workshop form part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Admission free. All are welcome.
In an an excerpt of the Radio Ulster Good Morning Ulster programme broadcast on 2nd May 2013 Helen Jones discusses the event with Tadhg Morgan and Curator Ciaran Elizabeth Doran.