Sudley House is set to reopen on 20 April 2018 with a stunning 1950s fashion exhibition which tells the story of a local-born woman’s extraordinary life in the spotlight.
Model Image: fashion and photos from the 1950s, examines the life of one of the top British models of the era, June Duncan (1924-2014), while capturing the elegance and glamour of the period.
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.
Educated at Beechenhurst, a private school in Mossley Hill, where the headmistress, Miss Blake, organised many school plays, June’s love of acting began at an early age.
She first appeared on the professional stage in 1936, aged 12, in a musical review at the Liverpool Empire and continued to act in a number of plays at Liverpool’s Playhouse theatre. Eventually, June decided that a life on the stage was not for her and by 1948 she had started modelling.
June’s modelling career was an exhilarating whirl of fashion shoots, front covers and haute couture. The exhibition encapsulates her rise from child actor to cover girl. The story is 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, appearing regularly in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Tatler which captured the refined grace of the 1950s.
The exhibition was previously on display at Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight where it has been seen by more than 61,000 visitors before moving to Sudley House.
Sudley House is reopening following almost two months of closure for essential maintenance.
About Sudley House
In Sudley House visitors can see the only surviving Victorian merchant art collections in Britain still hanging in its original location. It is also one of a few period homes in the country decorated in Victorian style, still with many of its original features. Located in the leafy suburbs of south Liverpool, Sudley is the former home of Victorian shipping merchant George Holt, whose passion for art saw him adding some world renowned works to his collection, which can still be seen today. Works on display include paintings by major Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Millais, along with paintings by Landseer, Turner, and a group of 18th-century portraits by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Romney and Leighton.
About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 3 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Seized! (UK Border Force National Museum), Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool is regulated by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Museums and galleries regulated by DCMS are exempt charities under Schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011. Registered Office: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN.