Kays 1980s

WATCH World of Kays 1980s poetry animation by Matt Norris, student at University of Worcester Nineteen at the time with Princess Di looks Maternity dress copied whilst the Microwave cooks Engagement ring replica Toasted sandwich craze From your own kitchen A...

Kays 1990s

WATCH World of Kays 1990s poetry animation by Matt Norris, student at University of Worcester Drawstring sports casual for logos about town Hip hop craze condition and a karaoke to own Motif laden sweaters Cordless, wireless electricals This really was the decade...

Fabulous fashions of the 1950s – AUDIO

Sheila Layton started work in the sales recording office for Kay & Co Ltd in 1959, and remained with the company until she left in 1965 to have her first child. In these audio clips Sheila remembers some of the fabulous fashions of the Fifties. First, Sheila...

What can you find in the Kays Catalogues?

This is a fantastic collection of images which highlights the social and cultural contexts of the 20th century. The catalogue images show the lifestyles that people were meant to aspire to. Someone who worked at Kays, informs me that the fur coats didn’t usually sell...

Why we love vintage clothes

At Second Hand Rose we love vintage for all sorts of reasons. There’s the nostalgia for the past, looking back to the way things were and to the fashion eras of our parents and grandparents, and the personal nostalgia associated with that. We’re also interested in...

Kays 1970s

WATCH World of Kays 1970s Video animation by Matt Norris, student at University of Worcester. You wore this jade mac in seventy-three Paisley was in but taste was out Skirts got shorter, pants got hotter and cords were as popular as flares Cleaning in tabards and warm...

Creating the perfect bathroom shoot

Brian Pooley was employed as a photographer in Kays studio in Worcester. He started in 1966 and worked there for 35 years. By the time he retired in 2001, he was the Studio Manager. Brian and the in-house team of photographers specialised in ‘back of the book’ shots:...

Fashion Conscious

A short documentary inspired by the Kays catalogues and made by Digital Fim Production undergraduates from the University of Worcester as part of their degree course: Alix Paul, Ben Hampton, Thomas Hardy & Mayto Sotomayor

Creating the World of Kays

A short documentary about how the World of Kays project team created the web site and what we got up to during summer 2011. The film was made for us by Jonathan Lee, freelance film-maker. He was assisted by Ben Whitehead, a graduate of the University of Worcester...