Oldfield, Bruce: Fashion Designer

[Above: Bruce Oldfield; Bottom Left: Couture Gown; Bottom Right: Lace Bridal Wedding Gown] Oldfield is a British fashion who is known for his couture occasion wear and bridal wear designs. He has dressed British and European aristocracies and Hollywood actress. He has designed for Princess Diana, Diana Ross and Rhianna. Additionally he also redesigned McDonald’s Staff uniform…

Nzipo: Abandoned children finding shelter

In the 1800’s illegitimate children were likely to be abandoned. There were cases were the single parent would bring up their children, however this is an era where an increase in children charities occurred, and organisations such as the Foundling hospital and Barnardo’s were found, in order to ease this social issue. With such an…

Molineaux: A slave turned Boxer

Molineaux was a bare-knuckle boxer who was a success in both England and Ireland. He was born in 1774 in Virginia, U.S, as a slave. His father trained him to be a boxer. He entertained plantation owners by boxing. After earning his owner a large sum of money through a bet he was granted his…

Lala: Extraordinary Acrobatic

Miss LaLa [Left: Image of Miss Lala; Right: Painting, by Edgar Degas,  of Miss Lala performing in Paris]  Born in Poland, 1858 She  became a wirewalker and trapeze artist, known as Miss Lala She performed at the Westminster Aquarium, London in 1879 and at the Cirque Fernando, Paris She was known for her extraordinary act…

Kinloch: African Association member

Mrs E V Kinloch was a black South African woman who came to England with her Scottish husband, a diamond-mining engineer. She became one of the early members of the African Association which was formed by members of the African diaspora in Britain, 1897. The aim was to promote a feeling of unity amongst Africans.…