All posts by Ciara Phipps

About Ciara Phipps

I am a postgraduate MPrac placement student from ICCHS at Newcastle University studying Art Museum and Gallery Practice. I am very passionate about costume and fashion history, so working on the costume collection at the Discovery Museum is perfect for me!


Biba was one of the most popular fashion stores in London by the end of its life in 1975. It originally started out as a mail order service created by the Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki with the help of her husband… Read more

Menswear from 1900-1980

After the first installment of menswear from 1800-1900, this blog will continue exploring the styles and shapes that dominated menswear from 1900-1980. Fashion is continually updating and reinventing itself, so read on for some future fashion trends! The lounge coat… Read more

Menswear from 1800 to 1900

Costume collections are typically inundated with women’s clothes and accessories, while menswear remains to be relatively under represented. There could be many reasons for this; men tend to wear their clothes for longer eventually wearing them out and having to… Read more

Fifties Fashion…

After years of austerity during World War II, the following era could be characterised by the revival of Haute Couture.  The structured square shoulders and shorter skirts of the war years were replaced with the softer feminine silhouette, rounded shoulders and… Read more

Shoes Glorious Shoes

Originally acting as a protector of the feet, the shoe has since developed into an expression of personal identity. The decoration and design of shoes has varied dramatically through time and from culture to culture. One of the most notable… Read more