Model Image Fashion and photos from the 1950s

From 20 April 2018

The elegance and glamour of the 1950s is captured in this exhibition exploring the life of one of the top British models of the era, Liverpool-born June Duncan.

June was born in the Liverpool suburb of Mossley Hill in 1924 and went on to model clothes for all the major couture houses in London and Paris. In the 1950s she appeared regularly in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Tatler.

June’s modelling career was an exhilarating whirl of fashion shoots, front covers and haute couture. The exhibition encapsulates June’s rise from a child actor on stage at Liverpool’s Empire and Playhouse theatres, to wartime service in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS) to cover girl.

Her story is told through stunning prints by some of the most high-profile photographers of the decade, including John French, Eugène Vernier, Hans Wild and Noel Mayne, which capture the refined grace of the 1950s. These are highlights from a recently-acquired collection of more than 90 photographs dating from the 1930s to the 1950s.

The exhibition also features effortlessly stylish 1950s evening dresses and accessories from National Museums Liverpool’s decorative arts collection, similar to some of those seen in the photographs.


Caption: June modelling a tailored wool suit and picture hat about 1951-52, location and photographer unknown


Further information:
  • Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road,  Mossley Hill, Liverpool  L18 8BX
  • Access by car: The drive to Sudley House from Liverpool city centre takes approximately 20 mins. Follow ‘Wapping’ (A5036) – the road that runs alongside the river – out of the city
  • By train: Mossley Hill station – get here from Liverpool city centre by boarding a train at Lime Street Station.  Aigburth station – Northern line services (Southport – Hunts Cross)
  • By bus: 61 bus to Elmswood Road;  82 bus to Aigburth Road;  80 or 80A bus to Rose Lane
  • Opening hours 10 am -5pm daily
  • This is a free exhibition
  • Further information 0151 478 4016