Horrockses: Off the Peg Fashions

Christine Boydell, a lecturer in Design curated the exhibition ‘Our Best Dresses: the story of Horrockses Fashions’ for the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston . Glamourous Actresses like Magaret Lockwood and Joan Collins worh the iconic floral, full skirted sundresses, made  of beautifully printed pre-shrunk cotton fabric.

‘A British fashion label for stylish 1940’s housewives’

Horrockses clothing was stocked in Harvey Nicholls and  worn by the Queen!

The wonderful Alastair Morton designs were bright and bold, with classy subtle  looks. Morton is an important element in the Horrockses story, he was creating forty new designs for cloth a year from 1947 until 1955. Other designers included Margaret Meades, Pat Albeck and Graham Sutherland.


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Industrial Revolutionaries at the Harris museum, Preston

Fantastic exhibition just opened in Preston at the Harris Museum with a restored Yardworks model and remastered historical footage of the cotton mills and site.  Industrial Revolutionaries is curated by Laura Briggs

Horrockses Mill Workers

Annie Hill

Annie Hill

Annie Hill was a 12 year old half-timer working at Horrockses in 1906. Like many children her age, she worked half a day in the mill before going to school for the rest of the day.
Annie was one of thousands of people who worked in Lancashire’s cotton industry.
But she was unusual in one way – she had her portrait painted. Annie worked at Horrockses famous Yard Works in Preston and was there during the 1913 Royal Visit.

Horrockses Yard Works

Horrockses Yard Works in Preston grew from one factory in 1791 to a huge complex of mills by 1913.
This model, seen in the exhibition, was made by workers at Horrockses for the Royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary on 8 July 1913.

The model is an important record of the site in Preston as none of the buildings have survived.

Model Horrockses mill

Now only a few boundary walls remain of this once famous Yard Works site, which employed thousands and attracted the attention of Royalty.

The Royal couple came to Horrockses because the company was world famous and one of the largest cotton manufacturers in the world.

From Perth, Australia

After a few months off, I am now back to the blog and restarting further research and development of ideas for a bid for a Take Off Project Yardworks event at the Preston Guild in 2012.

Wondering whats here in Australia? i know Horrockses exported cotton yard cloths here, so it will be interesting to see if there are any leads.

Heres a Horrockses Display case in Sydney – http://www.dhub.org/object/226760,curious