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Boutique Days bring wartime glamour to Bletchley Park

Date Posted:23/01/2014

Bletchley Park is holding glamorous and exciting 1940s Boutique Days for the first time in 2014, with lessons in hair and makeup of the era. Hair stylist and makeup artist Sarah Dunn will teach students on each one day course – being held throughout the year – how to create the famous victory rolls as well as other ‘dos’ of the decade. Also within the ticket price of £65 is a practical make-up session, with demonstrations on Sarah’s models. Lunch is included as well as a tour of Historic Bletchley Park and lots of advice and the chance to chat with like-minded enthusiasts about this most fascinating decade.
In the 1940s the squeeze of rationing and post-war austerity measures prompted ever-more ingenious methods of self-beautification. Today’s straightened economic times are reminiscent of that austere era. Add to that the devil-may-care attitude engendered by the fear of death on any given day during WW2 and it’s easy to see why lipstick got brighter, skirts got shorter and heels got higher.
Stylist and teacher Sarah Dunn says "As a vintage hair stylist I am inspired by the style and spirit of the 1940s, so it's a real honour to be bringing the decade back to life at the Home of the Codebreakers. I imagine the women at Bletchley Park during World War Two were probably more preoccupied with the vital work they were doing than with their hair and make-up but I bet it was a different story on their days off, when they travelled into London and took up the offer of cheap entry to clubs and shows.
“The hairstyles of the 1940s are wonderful as there is so much choice, they can be very dramatic as well as feminine and often quite practical. I love how glamorous people feel when they have had a makeover from this era, victory rolls and red lipstick can make anyone feel stylish and it's amazing to think all this all came out of an age of such hardship and austerity.”
Friends of Bletchley Park can book now on 01908 272684. Tickets will go on general sale 1 February.