|Newcastle upon Tyne, 1952
The year is 1952. The place is Newcastle upon Tyne. My two aunts and my mother are stepping out in their finery on their way to a family wedding. I give you Maria 16, Wynne 20 and my mum Eileen 18.
I know for a fact that my aunts and mum shriek and laugh when they look at this photo now; they are embarrassed and say, “What on earth do we look like?”. But I adore this photo. I think it’s an iconic image of fashion of the day, particularly Dior’s ‘New Look’ shown in Wynne’s outfit and my mum’s fashionable ‘duster coat’. Of course I’ve often giggled at my mum’s hat. I used to think there was a bird sitting on the top of it, like a pie-vent. I’ve only just been told it was part of the fabric from the hat.
I have sat and studied this photo for a long time; the detail in the coats, handbags, shoes and smiles. And look how their footsteps are matched? It’s not embarrassing; it’s a fabulous glimpse of the post-war era and how women then were experimenting with new styles. I love it.
This is an entry for Tara’s weekly Gallery, the theme for this week is ‘Embarrassing Outfits’.