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Matching through the decades: From Harvey Nichols to The Proclaimers, fashion has always been about finding the perfect match

Background imageMatching Collection: Harvey Nichols advertisement, 1953

Harvey Nichols advertisement, 1953
Two friends, wearing extremely similar check cotton dresses in Horrockses fabric, share a joke. Date: 1953

Background imageMatching Collection: 1930S Playsuits

1930S Playsuits
Striped playsuit with shorts with matching 3/4 length coat or a linen suit with trousers & jacket with large patch pockets. A wire-haired fox terrier sits nearby

Background imageMatching Collection: The Proclaimers Scottish pop group 1987

The Proclaimers Scottish pop group 1987

Background imageMatching Collection: The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955

The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955
A stunning, bold front cover design featuring a tall and elegant woman wearing a simple black strapless evening dress and a sumptuous lime green wrap with matching choker necklace

Background imageMatching Collection: Suffragette Womens March 1912

Suffragette Womens March 1912
In October 1912, six women left Edinburgh to walk 400 miles to London, gathering signatures en route in support of Womens Suffrage. The march was organised by Mrs

Background imageMatching Collection: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret - George V Silver Jubilee

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret - George V Silver Jubilee
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose waiting before the start of the Thanksgiving Service marking King George Vs Silver Jubilee at St. Pauls Cathedral, London. Date: 1935

Background imageMatching Collection: Margate Pier - Jessie Wildon and her Bijou Orchestra

Margate Pier - Jessie Wildon and her Bijou Orchestra
Margate Pier - Jessie Wildon (Mrs Fred Wildon - pictured on left with cello) and her Bijou Orchestra - a musical quintet. The Wildon family ran orchestras of various types during the summer in

Background imageMatching Collection: Britannia and Eve magazine, January 1936

Britannia and Eve magazine, January 1936
Front cover illustration featuring a glamorous 1930s woman attired in a matching leopard print hat and muff set

Background imageMatching Collection: Patriotic Finnish Girl

Patriotic Finnish Girl
A young, blonde patriotic Greek girl wears a brimless fur hat with a flag cap badge & a fur-trimmed scarf whose design is based on the flag of Greece

Background imageMatching Collection: Female / White Dress 1930S

Female / White Dress 1930S
A woman sits on a bench out in the sunshine, wearing a white cloque dress with a low-cut back and a green velvet sash; she has a matching jacket and hat

Background imageMatching Collection: Art Nouveau Headdress / 1

Art Nouveau Headdress / 1
An Art Nouveau headdress of ornamental fillet with elongated sections, incorporating a cameo, hanging over the ears. Also matching ornamental shoulder straps

Background imageMatching Collection: Cup and saucer filled with tea

Cup and saucer filled with tea

Background imageMatching Collection: Tatler winter fashions, by Gordon Conway

Tatler winter fashions, by Gordon Conway
Fashion illustration by Gordon Conway of a soft woollen suit worn with green kasha scarf and gloves. The second outfit, a red coat made of soft suede, worn with a matching scarf and waistcoat

Background imageMatching Collection: Livng Room by Betty Joel

Livng Room by Betty Joel
A light living room with wooden floor and matching wooden furniture. Date: 1933

Background imageMatching Collection: Christmas children sledging

Christmas children sledging
Four small girls dressed in matching festive red capes and with fur muffs share a rather long sledge decorated with holly, forming a very pictureseque scene as they whizz down a snowy slope

Background imageMatching Collection: Misfitz - Spoony

Misfitz - Spoony. early 20th century

Background imageMatching Collection: Barefoot Days Thornaby Teesside 1969

Barefoot Days Thornaby Teesside 1969 1969

Background imageMatching Collection: Check Burberry suit, 1916

Check Burberry suit, 1916
A dashing black and white check Burberry suit with a full skirt, a coat smart and practical for sport and country wear worn with a matching close-fitting hat. Date: 1916

Background imageMatching Collection: Misfitz - Qua-Qua

Misfitz - Qua-Qua. early 20th century

Background imageMatching Collection: Green Dress 1938

Green Dress 1938
A short sleeved dress, with interesting bodice detail, made in green woollen jersey and worn with a matching green hat and white bow tie and wing collar. Date: 1938

Background imageMatching Collection: Printed matching shorts and shirt outfit, 1956

Printed matching shorts and shirt outfit, 1956
Gaily patterned Italian shorts and shirt in a multi-coloured cotton from Finnigans. Date: 1956

Background imageMatching Collection: Britannia and Eve magazine, September 1932

Britannia and Eve magazine, September 1932
Front cover illustration featuring a pretty 1930s woman in casual attire. She wears blue trousers with a matching short-sleeved jacket and white camisole and holds a straw hat with blue ribbon

Background imageMatching Collection: Can-Can (Postcard)

Can-Can (Postcard)
A girl with skimpier underwear than usual for can-can dancers shows us her matching knickers

Background imageMatching Collection: Virginia and Vanessa Stephen, in St. Ives, 1894 (b / w photo)

Virginia and Vanessa Stephen, in St. Ives, 1894 (b / w photo)
XJF354224 Virginia and Vanessa Stephen, in St. Ives, 1894 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMatching Collection: Winter fashions

Winter fashions
Two ladies model the latest winter fashions from Paris, featuring dresses with matching fur-trimmed coats and jaunty hats. Date: 1916

Background imageMatching Collection: Jeff Lynne, singer, songwriter and lead singer with The Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne, singer, songwriter and lead singer with The Electric Light Orchestra, pictured outside the house he bought for his mother and father, Nancy and Phil Lynne

Background imageMatching Collection: Hans Per Persson's children: son Paul (b.1892-05-06, died 1912), daughter Anna... 1898-1900

Hans Per Persson's children: son Paul (b.1892-05-06, died 1912), daughter Anna... 1898-1900
Hans Per Persson's children: son Paul (b.1892-05-06, died 1912), daughter Anna (b.1894), daughter Berta (1896-1917), 1898-1900

Background imageMatching Collection: Ida and Selma Larsson from Risätra, 1890-1900 Creator: Lars Olsson Akerman

Ida and Selma Larsson from Risätra, 1890-1900 Creator: Lars Olsson Akerman
Ida and Selma Larsson from Risatra, 1890-1900

Background imageMatching Collection: Watercolor Balance

Watercolor Balance
THE MIUUS STUDIO

Background imageMatching Collection: Peach Paper Cut Composition No.2

Peach Paper Cut Composition No.2
THE MIUUS STUDIO

Background imageMatching Collection: Paper Cut Composition No.3

Paper Cut Composition No.3
THE MIUUS STUDIO

Background imageMatching Collection: Peach Paper Cut Composition No.1

Peach Paper Cut Composition No.1
THE MIUUS STUDIO

Background imageMatching Collection: A pair of Wedgewood mugs commemorating the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A pair of Wedgewood mugs commemorating the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
1766850 A pair of Wedgewood mugs commemorating the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1953 (ceramic) by Ravilious

Background imageMatching Collection: A pair of Florentine pietra dura panels depicting birds (pietra dura)

A pair of Florentine pietra dura panels depicting birds (pietra dura)
1765112 A pair of Florentine pietra dura panels depicting birds (pietra dura) by Italian School; 32x42 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A pair of Florentine pietra dura panels depicting birds)

Background imageMatching Collection: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, (Torvill and Dean) appearing in 1982

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, (Torvill and Dean) appearing in 1982. Torvill and Dean (Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean) are English ice dancers and former British, European

Background imageMatching Collection: Prince William (walking along) with a 2 year old Prince Harry

Prince William (walking along) with a 2 year old Prince Harry (being held by his nanny Barbara Barnes. Pictured in December 1986. Picture taken 7th December 1986

Background imageMatching Collection: Moscow Army February 1990

Moscow Army February 1990

Background imageMatching Collection: Twin sisters Tamara and Samantha Mallett have both entered the same Beauty Contest to

Twin sisters Tamara and Samantha Mallett have both entered the same Beauty Contest to find the Worlds Most Beautiful Bunny

Background imageMatching Collection: Two Edwardian women with their bicycles in a garden

Two Edwardian women with their bicycles in a garden. Date: circa 1907

Background imageMatching Collection: Madame Bairewe music hall comedienne

Madame Bairewe music hall comedienne
Madame Bairewe the inimitable Tyrolean. Performing in variety in Europe during World War I. Wearing Tyrolean costume and matching hat with feathers. Date: circa 1916

Background imageMatching Collection: Sisters Earle music hall duettists and dancers

Sisters Earle music hall duettists and dancers
The Sisters Earle (Florrie and Harriet Warsaw) music hall duettists and simultaneous dancers. In Australia 1901 and moved to England by 1911

Background imageMatching Collection: Model wearing an embroidered jacket and carrying a matching embroidered pochette

Model wearing an embroidered jacket and carrying a matching embroidered pochette, made of perforated wool net fabric. Date: 1920s

Background imageMatching Collection: 20th century pair of Blomefield ships cannon

20th century pair of Blomefield ships cannon
MARITIME: a matching pair of 20th century style Blomefield ships cannon based on the 18th century ships Blomefield pattern. Each cannon weighs 30kg each. The bronze barrel measures 19ins

Background imageMatching Collection: A leetle English Mees!

A leetle English Mees! A fashionable young thing from Brighton with white fox fur hat, scarf and muff and even a matching ruff for her French Bulldog! Date: 1911

Background imageMatching Collection: Girls in Sailor Suits

Girls in Sailor Suits
Three young girls in matching sailor outfits saluting. Date: 1902

Background imageMatching Collection: Row Of Cottages

Row Of Cottages
An architectural drawing of a row of cottages with matching half timbered gables. Date: circa 1906

Background imageMatching Collection: Lady In White Dress By The Sea

Lady In White Dress By The Sea
An illustration of a young lady wearing a bright white dress, carrying her matching hat to her side, walking on grassy land with a sea view behind her. Date: circa 1909

Background imageMatching Collection: Fantaisie

Fantaisie
This illustration shows the definitive figure of a young woman wearing a matching red hat and coat, holding out a wreath in appreciation, with one hand resting on her bicycle



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Matching through the decades: From Harvey Nichols to The Proclaimers, fashion has always been about finding the perfect match. In this 1953 advertisement from Harvey Nichols, we see a stunning display outfits that exude elegance and sophistication. Fast forward to the 1930s, where playsuits became all the rage for women seeking comfort and style in their matching ensembles. In 1987, The Proclaimers took Scotland by storm with their catchy tunes and iconic matching glasses. Their unique sense of style perfectly matched their energetic performances on stage. Speaking of matches made in heaven, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret showcased their royal bond during George V's Silver Jubilee celebration, donning matching dresses fit for princesses. Music wasn't the only thing bringing people together; Jessie Wildon and her Bijou Orchestra entertained crowds at Margate Pier with their synchronized melodies while dressed impeccably in coordinating attire. Fashion magazines like The Tatler highlighted autumn trends in 1955, showcasing how even nature's colors could be matched flawlessly. But it wasn't just about fashion; it was also about unity and empowerment. Suffragettes marched proudly in 1912 wearing sashes that matched their determination for women's rights. Britannia and Eve magazine captured this spirit beautifully on its January 1936 cover featuring a patriotic Finnish girl adorned in reds and whites - a true symbol of national pride. Not all matches were without controversy though; Misfitz Dolls featured Golliwog dolls dressed alike but sparked debates around racial stereotypes. However, amidst these complexities emerged timeless beauty as seen in an elegant white dress worn by a woman in the 1930s or an exquisite Art Nouveau headdress that perfectly complemented any outfit. From advertisements to music groups to historical events - whether it be through clothing choices or shared values - there is something magical about finding your perfect match.