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The way we were: fashion

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine  

Coco Chanel in the 1960s: "her walk and her vitality are those of a teenager." © Rex/Rexfeatures Hatami Collection

Henry Knighton, a 14th-century chronicler, describes women dressed as men in 1348:

“In these days a rumour and a great complaint arose among the people that when tournaments were held, in every place a company of ladies appeared… in the diverse and marvellous dress of a man, to the…

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