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IMAGE GALLERY: Selfridges Britannica 1951-1953 exhibition

Selfridges will launch its Britannica 1951-1953 exhibition on Friday as part of its schedule of events surrounding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

The exhibition was conceived by curator Judith Clark in collaboration with milliner Stephen Jones and showcases styles worn by the Queen’s contemporaries between 1951 and 1953.

The initial inspiration and title for the exhibition was drawn from three issues of British Vogue published each February between 1951 and 1953. The ‘Britannica’ issues of Vogue set out to celebrate Britishness and review its essence, especially in fashion terms, in the aftermath of the war and the advent of the new Queen, Elizabeth II.

The exhibition forms part of Selfridges ‘Big British Bang’, a series of in store events to celebrate Britshness during the Olympics and celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Selfridges has commissioned products ranging from Union-Jack lined Barbour jackets to Fred Perry polo shirts designed by artist Peter Blake, which will feature in its Greatest British Shop, opening on May 4 in Selfridges’ Wonder Room.

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