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200 years & still fabulous…

BY LIZZIE, WOMENSWEAR EDITOR ON 5 OCT 2013 18:06 WOMEN'S FASHIONCOMMENTS

200th Birthday

Can you believe that Debenhams is turning 200? We can’t. After all we think we look fabulous, and how many can claim that at such an age?

To celebrate this momentous occasion we’re excited to be collaborating with our very own Designers at Debenhams to create a unique and exclusive Limited Edition collection made up of luxurious leather accessories, glamorous dresses and beautiful coats.

Set to launch October 2013 in limited stores and online, above is a sneak peak at the Butterfly by Matthew Williamson dress in the collection – a dress worthy of a birthday party if ever we saw one.

It isn’t just us who is excited about turning 200, with many a fashion loving gal also feeling inspired by Debenhams 200th birthday. Take Alicja, a freelance stylist and fashion blogger who has written a fabulous post offering style advice on how to wear the pieces.

It’s so good to hear that so many of our customers want to get involved so, to help get the party started, we’re calling for anyone with  old souvenirs – think carrier bags, catalogues, magazine adverts -to get in touch on twitter via @debenhams to let us know about anything you may have that can help us celebrate our heritage.

We’ve been taking a look back ourselves at old ads from over the last century, marvelling at how fashion has changed over the decades. We’re loving looking back at our old campaigns, and the pink pic below is one of our personal favourites. You can’t not love the sixites vibe below – don’t they look so pretty in pink?


The above images show off our more vintage campaigns. This first image (left) is an advert from 1952, while the second (right) dates back to 1946 – ‘old school’ at its most stylish, we’re sure you’ll agree.

There’s so much history to explore it’s going to take us a while to go through all the amazing memorabilia – but that’s not to mean we don’t want to see and hear about everything you can find to send in to us – who knows what we can uncover together. In the words of Girls Aloud (who doesn’t love a bit of Girls Aloud at a good party), there’s ‘a whole lotta history’ to go through.

Keep checking the Debenhams blog for more images from our heritage or, for more updates on what is happening in the 200th birthday celebrations, follow us on twitter or like us on facebook.

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us… Be sure to join the party at Debenhams.com

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