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Creating the World of Kays

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. … Continue reading

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Fashion Conscious

Fashion Conscious (2012) [HD] 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

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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