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Fashion and photos from the 1950s
20 October 2017 to 15 April 2018
This exhibition has finished

Free entry

The elegance and glamour of the 1950s was captured in this former exhibition exploring the life of one of the top British models of the era, Liverpool-born June Duncan.

June was born in the Liverpool suburb of Mossley Hill in 1924 and went on to model clothes for all the major couture houses in London and Paris. In the 1950s she appeared regularly in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Tatler.

June’s modelling career was an exhilarating whirl of fashion shoots, front covers and haute couture. The exhibition encapsulated June’s rise from a child actor on stage at Liverpool's Empire and Playhouse theatres, to wartime service in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRENS) to cover girl.

Her story was told through stunning prints by some of the most high-profile photographers of the decade, including John French, Eugène Vernier, Hans Wild and Noel Mayne, which captured the refined grace of the 1950s. These are highlights from a recently-acquired collection of more than 90 photographs dating from the 1930s to the 1950s.

The exhibition also featured effortlessly stylish 1950s evening dresses and accessories from National Museums Liverpool’s decorative arts collection, similar to some of those seen in the photographs.

Image: June modelling a tailored wool suit and picture hat about 1951-52, location and photographer unknown



Exhibition tour

The exhibition is at Sudley House, Liverpool from 20 April 2018.


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"Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and wonder if I dreamed those heady days at the peak of my career in the glamour and fashion world of the 1950s."
June Duncan (1924-2014)