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17th April 2024

Huge numbers of women were employed in the garment trades in the East End of London, and many were trained for the 'needle-trades' at the Shoreditch Technical College which was established in 1906. According to the beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue, the highest standards of handwork and embroidery were taught in preparation for the bespoke dressmaking industry. This is a 1907 photo of a readymade clothing class at the College which in 1966 would eventually form part of the London College of Fashion.


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