Lee Miller: Fashion in Wartime Britain

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Audrey Withers, Lee Miller's wartime editor

Season 1, Ep. 3

Third episode presented by Ami Bouhassane (granddaughter of Lee Miller and Co-Director of her Archives) who in the coming episode speaks with Julie Summer biographer of Audrey Withers (wartime editor of British Vogue) and a historian.


Julie Summers is a best selling author and historian. Her most recent pubilcation Dressed for War the biography of Audrey Withers, who became editor of British Vogue at the beginning of the second World War, is beautifully written and has been optioned by Gaumont TV UK to be developed into a drama series. She has written on several other different aspects of the Second World War with subjects such as evacuees, women on the Home Front and requisitioned country houses. Her book Jambusters,2013 was the inspiration for the drama series 'Home Fires' which ran for in 135 territories worldwide.


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Lee Miller’s photography of British fashion for Vogue during World War 2 was prolific yet few are aware of the full extent of this body of her work. Many know Lee Miller’s name in connection to her inspirational World War 2 reportage. Few are aware of the volume of her British fashion images that were published on British Vogue’s pages from 1939 to 1944.


The six part series is produced in conjunction with the release of Lee Miller: Fashion in Wartime Britain book and exhibition and explores British fashion during the war, Lee Miller's contribution to the fashion industry in these years and her significant service to the survival of British Vogue magazine.


Audrey Withers, Lee Miller’s editor at British Vogue, wrote as early as 1941:

she [Lee Miller] has borne the whole weight of our studio production through the most difficult period in Brogue’s [British Vogue’s] history’.


The series is presented by Ami Bouhassane, Lee Miller's grandaughter and co-director of the Lee Miller Archives

Guest speakers include: Fashion Historian Amber Butchart, Robin Muir, contributing editor to British Vogue, Hilary Roberts, head curator of photography, Imperial War Museums London, Julie Summers, biographer of Audrey Withers and contemporary fashion, Antony Penrose, son of Lee Miller and fine art photographer Viviane Sassen.



Produced by Tolly Robinson


Music from DeWolf Music


This series was made possible by public funding awarded by Arts Council England from the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund


Podcast content: © Lee Miller Archives, England 2021. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

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