Jackson, Betty (5 of 52)  An Oral History of British Fashion

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    2004-07-14, 2009-09-29, 2004-10-20, 2004-11-25, 2004-12-02, 2004-12-17, 2005-01-14, 2005-02-25, 2005-03-03, 2005-04-08, 2005-04-22, 2005-05-06, 2005-06-03, 2005-06-27

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    Interviewee's Office, London

  • Interviewees

    Jackson, Betty 1949- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Simmons, Eva (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: What the women wore at social gatherings; the preponderance of patterns in dress and in home furnishings in the 1950s; BJ herself associated with bold prints: a pioneering technique of transferring artists’ pictures to cloth. Memories of Christmas or New Year parties, and mother’s spectacular ball gowns: some gowns and her appearance described. More on clothes worn by men and women at social functions in the family home. More on the visitors themselves: their humour, their interest in current affairs - e.g. the Cuban missile crisis. The parents’ circle linked to membership of the Conservative Party, Freemasons, Rotary Club, Cricket Club: a homogeneous, safe existence after the war - in which a relative and some friends had died. Comments on voting Conservative. More on the parents’ Conservative views. The absence of a class barrier in Bacup - socialising across classes. Visits to Broadclough Hall, owned by friends. Descriptions of the owner, bank manager Ernest Brooks, and his wife Annie. Professions of parents’ other friends: librarian Alan Longworth, headmaster Jack Bridge, doctor Charles Gray, wholesale grocer Harold Bottomley; accountant J[?] McNulty. Comments on their children.

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    Life story interview with the fashion designer, Betty Jackson CBE (b.1949).

  • Related transcripts

    Betty Jackson interviewed by Eva Simmons: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

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