On Demand: Lucy Adlington: Sewing to Survive - The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

On Demand: Lucy Adlington: Sewing to Survive - The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

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This is a recording of Lucy Adlington's talk "Sewing to Survive - The Dressmakers of Auschwitz" which she gave on December 9th 2021.

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Lucy Adlington is a British dress historian with more than twenty years’ experience researching social history.

Adlington runs History Wardrobe, a company which presents costume-in-context talks across the UK.

Her non-fiction publications include: Women's Lives and Clothes in WWII: Ready for Action and Stitches in Time - the Story of the Clothes we Wear.

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Lucy Adlington: Sewing To Survive - The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

Historian Lucy Adlington discusses her new book The Dressmakers of Auschwitz with a special focus on the beauty and ingenuity of 1940s needlework.

New York Times bestseller The Dressmakers of Auschwitz tells the true story of a group of young Jewish women from Slovakia who were selected to sew in a dedicated fashion salon at Auschwitz, established by the camp commandant's wife.

Here they created beautiful gowns for elite SS women. In this fascinating presentation Lucy Adlington links their history to themes of wartime thrift and sewing skills - including embellishments and embroidery - showcasing a unique collection of textiles and garments from her collection.

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1940s Crepe Dress Detail.

A link to a close captioned version of the recording can be provided on request.

The recording cannot be downloaded and will be available for viewing for at least one month after the purchase of your ticket.

Feedback from people who came to the live event:

Lovely talk. Lucy is a very engaging speaker. Love the ways she makes such an effort to get into character- 40s hairstyle and dress. Jane.

I would just like to say what a fantastically interesting talk Lucy gave. Her knowledge is amazing and she talks about her subject incredibly well. I shall definitely buy her book. Hilary.

Fantastic talk. Lucy made it so interesting and lovely to illustrate the talk with so many artefacts. Makes a welcome change from PowerPoint presentations. It was more like a face to face talk. Heather.

I really enjoyed Lucy's talk today. I read the book last month and it was so well written and researched and I have recommended it to many people. I will treasure this book in my collection for many years. Jayne.

An excellent talk - very informative, interesting and professionally presented. Anne.

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