Join us at the Norfolk Makers' Festival
Tuesday 18 February - Thursday 20 February 2020
The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk
Coca Cola & Bubble Gum: Wartime Glamour
‘Wartime Glamour’ is the theme of the Costume & Textile Association stand at the Norfolk Makers Festival 2020.
In the 1940s, brightly-coloured headscarves and home-made lip gloss helped to boost the morale of millions of women working in factories, in the fields and in the home.
During the World War II conflict, 50,000 American servicemen - and women - were stationed at bases in Norfolk. C&TA member Lily Rodgers is researching the impact of Hollywood films during this period and of the ‘Friendly Invasion’ - on the fashions, hairstyles and make-up of Norfolk women.
Visitors are invited to recreate a 1940s headscarf and home-made lip colour look. Create a flower corsage to add an extra touch of glamour. Alternatively, you may wish to don a flying jacket, in the style of Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable or Walter Matthau, who were all stationed in Norfolk.
Join us between Tuesday 18 February to Thursday 20 February 2020, at the Forum in Norwich, to create your own glamorous look, learn about ‘Make Do and Mend’, or share your family photos and stories about 1940s Hollywood-inspired style.
AN APPEAL: Volunteers to help out in two-hour shifts during the event are very welcome (and needed!). Volunteering is a fun way to meet other C&TA members and visitors to the stand.
Find out about volunteering here
2020 programme gets under way
Our new programme for 2020 includes the usual fantastic mix of events we know you'll love.
There are also fascinating talks and another interesting and entertaining presentation from the History Wardrobe on The Secret Life of Knitting. Members will remember the fabulous Woman in Gold session from 2019 (pictured). One half of the duo, Meredith Towne, will also be back for our Christmas get-together.
Visit our events page for full details.
Shawl expert Helen Hoyte on video
We are delighted to be able to bring you three excerpts from a major film project, which recorded some of the knowledge, expertise - and sheer enthusiasm - of our vice-president, Helen Hoyte. Helen talks about the beginnings of the Norwich shawl industry, about the precious dye, Norwich red, and about the woman who launched the C&TA, Pamela Clabburn.
View videos of Helen Hoyte, shawl and textile expert
Find out more about Pamela Clabburn
The Costume & Textile Association is an independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums Service.
Norwich is a fine city whose heritage owes much to the textile industry which brought wealth to the city between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries.
The legacy can still be enjoyed today: Norwich is still enriched by the different styles, culture, architecture and language that can be traced back to the ‘Strangers’ who came from the Low Countries to work in the textile industry.
The Costume and Textile Association (C&TA) is a lively organisation bringing together people who are keen to support and learn more about the history and development of costume and textiles.
Find out more about us, and read our mission statement, constitution and data protection policy.
The C&TA works to raise money for the museums service, but is independent of it.
Over the last three decades Costume and Textile Association members have contributed more than £100,000 to enable the Norfolk Museums Service to extend and improve its costume and textile collection.
Find out more about our donations
UPDATED: See our previews page for the exhibitions planned for 2020 at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.
DON'T MISS: The exhibition catalogue slideshow of our 2016 exhibition, Past Glory, Present Inspiration. View it here.
NEW: The Miscellany edition from 2018 is now available to read along with other past editions. View it here.
Our first email newsletter was sent on November 12. We're planning to keep in touch with both members and interested non-members through further e-newsletters. To find out more, and sign up, visit our email newsletter page.