Title ID 708Collection ID129
Title[Fashion Show and Seaside Scenes]
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionJohn Ayling
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life Seaside Fashion
KeywordsBeaches Clothing Dance Domestic Gardens Entertainment Farming Leisure Time Activities Outings Play Fashion Beachwear Coats Suits
LocalWales [?]
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland Wales [?] United Kingdom
ProductionJohn Ayling
CameraJohn Ayling
ParticipantsMembers of the Ayling Family
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration6 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of home movie material which includes members of the Ayling family giving a comical fashion show in a garden, and enjoying an outing to the beach.


Female members of the Ayling family parade in and out of the back door of a house, participating in a fashion show in the garden. They model overcoats and men's suits and hats, whilst a young boy dresses as a priest. The cameraman later catches the women laughing as they play dress-up in the garden.

Women walk arm-in-arm along a beach. Two women who are dressed identically in trouser suits dance together for the camera, using the front of a beach hut as a proscenium arch. The film ends with images of three women playing leapfrog on the sand.


A still from 'Fashion Show and Seaside Scenes' (1930s)

Contextual information

Fashion Notes: This film shows a home-staged fashion show in the garden. The women parade in coats with fur collars and then dress in men suits and overcoats. The film contains footage of women dancing dressed in floral patterned all-in-one jumpsuits and women wearing bathing suits and swimming caps.

Fashion keywords: floral patterns, jump-suits

For further information see Screen Search Fashion online resource.

Related resources


Screen Search Fashion

This online resource provides a thematic guide for students interested in fashion and dress. The site offers pathways into aspects of fashion and dress as depicted in archive film from the inter-war period in the Screen Archive South East collections.