By Hannah Ringkamp- BA Costume and Performance Design

I have always been interested in the genuine history of clothes, most books and collections will focus on couture and high fashion, but I wanted to study the fashion and the people that are not always in the spotlight of history. Their clothes were rather a product of comfort and practicality slightly inspired by high fashion. Through my research it was interesting to see how class and money changes the interest in fashion and how age and personality plays a big factor in the choice of dress. I started looking for photographs in archives and collections to get a real feel of the people that lived an ordinary life.