History Wardrobe presents The Red Ribbon.

Dress historian Lucy Adlington invites you into the world of fashion, fabrics, hats and home-sewing in the 1940s, to celebrate the publication of her new novel The Red Ribbon – an amazing story inspired by the dressmakers of Auschwitz. Have a closer look at the display of original garments and accessories.

As Ella begins her first day working at Birchwood, she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Here are no ordinary clients. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death… Ella is a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp. And this place is all about survival.

One thing weaves through the colours of couture gowns and camp mud – a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope.

Based on survivors’ testimonies and a personal interview with Eva Schloss (Anne Frank’s stepsister), The Red Ribbon is a powerful read for anyone who was moved by The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Lucy Adlington is a writer, actress and costume historian. Her novels for teenagers, written under the name L. J. Adlington, including The Diary of Pelly-D and Burning Mountain, have been nominated and/or shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Manchester Book Prize, the Leeds Book Prize and the Rotherham Book Award. She also writes non-fiction for adults about the history of clothes, including Great War Fashion and Stitches in Time: The Story of the Clothes We Wear. She founded the historical costume events company, History Wardrobe, has appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour discussing the history of underwear and she lives on a working farm in Yorkshire. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about women in the 1940s.

This event is suitable for adults and older children.

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