"In 1942, Norman Hartnell began designing ready-to-wear dresses for Berkertex, and continued until at least 1952, when Berkertex fashions held the largest fashion show in Wales, in Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens’ Pavillion, showing Hartnell’s designs, which was attended by some 20,000 women over two days."
Welsh ladies must have flocked in their droves down from the hills! Keen to find some pictures from the show, I luckily found a video on Youtube documenting the fashion show - scroll down to the end of the post to see it.
My own Berkertex dress was picked up at a car boot sale. I think I paid £5 for it. I'd guess it's from around 1970, it has that turn of the decade feel. Overall the colours are still vibrant, there's no fading, and every single one of those covered buttons is still in place down the front. Alas, the elastic in the cuffs needs replacing. There are also a few very delicate patches where the sheer fabric is nearly worn through, especially under the arms. I wasn't sure how to mend these, does anybody have any experience of reinforcing sheer vintage fabric?
Berkertex dress: Via car boot sale
Ballet pumps: George at Asda
As promised, here's the delightful fashion show video - only a minute long, you've got time to watch it!