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New Screen Search Fashion website

Date posted: 04/12/2009

Photograph from Screen Search Fashion homepage for news item

Image reproduced by kind permission of Screen Archive South East


A new website featuring fashion on film in the 1920s and 1930s is being launched this week. Screen Search Fashion has been developed by Screen Archive South East, at the University of Brighton, in partnership with the RCA funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD).

This free online resource offers a new way of looking at everyday fashion and dress history in the inter-war years through unique archive film held in Screen Archive South East’s (SASE) collections. The site provides a thematic guide to aspects of 1920s and 1930s fashion, as depicted in over two hundred newly digitized stills and clips, enabling the researcher to discover key aspects of fashion and dress of the period in their historical and design contexts.  The site includes links to records in Screen Archive South East’s online database, where the films can be explored in further detail. The site also includes links to related resources held in archives, libraries and museums; a bibliography of related literature and a glossary of terms.

This new online teaching and learning resource is accessible to all, enabling material which has hitherto been underused for fashion research and study, to be opened up to a wider audience. The vast potential of non-fiction film as a resource for students interested in fashion and dress is highlighted by this resource which has the potential to contribute to dress historians’ developing interest in everyday fashions.

This resource is the result of a year long, CETLD-funded project, carried out at the Royal College of Art and Screen Archive South East, at the University of Brighton.

Project Team:  Dr Rebecca Arnold (Courtauld Institute of Art), Carly Eck (RCA/V&A), Hannah Kauffman (National Portrait Gallery), and Dr Frank Gray, Elaine Sheppard, Ine Van Dooren (all Screen Archive South East, University of Brighton).

Screen Search Fashion can be visited at:

Further information/contacts:

Screen Archive South East: 01273 643213