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Sue Prichard: Textiles on Film

Former V&A curator and current Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Royal Museums Greenwich, Sue Prichard, unravels some key works from our Textiles on Film collection.

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Masculinity in ModesMasculinity in Modes

19311 minsSilent

Women wear the trousers: sample the latest Parisian couture with this pretty stencil-coloured piece from Eve's Film Review.

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Make-do-and-mendMake-do-and-mend

Animation & Artists Moving Image19451 mins

A wartime family look on in amazement as their old clothes offer useful advice on how to make their clothing coupons go further.

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Cotton Come BackCotton Come Back

Industry sponsored film194626 mins Location: Shaw

A passionate post-war plea for workers to return to the cotton industry after decades of decline, framed as an argument between father and daughters.

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It All Began with VelvetIt All Began with Velvet

Industry sponsored film195531 mins Location: Manningham

Fabrics galore burst into a Britain just recovering from war rationing, with mohair velvets, moth protected carpets and waterproofed textiles adorning London Routemasters.

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London Line No. 373London Line No. 373

Cinemagazine197115 minsSilent Location: Westminster

A Ghanaian fashion student and a Nigerian squash player are among the Africans making a life in 70s Britain in this edition of the magazine show.

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So It all Comes out Super in the WashSo It all Comes out Super in the Wash

Training film/TV programme197218 mins

Are you being served? A bewildered shop girl gets a boutique introduction to an innovative fabric.