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Article – St Michael News “Pyjamas are Fashion Again!”

Marks & Spencer. 1955. Pyjamas are Fashion Again!. St Michael News. February, p. 4.

Pyjamas are celebrated as a fashionable commodity in the internal newspaper for staff at Marks & Spencer. This feature ‘In My Fashion’ was aimed specifically at the women workers of Marks & Spencer in the 1950’s, providing them with an education in clothing and current trends. Note the colloquial use of language in reference to women staff, with the inclusions of ‘Girls’ throughout the features which was common at this time.

SMN Apr 7 1955 - p.4

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Source: Marks & Spencer Company Archive

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