Bletchley Park gets glamorous for Boutique Days

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

People wanting to learn lessons in hair and make-up of the 1940s can sign up for Boutique Days at Bletchley Park.

The Home of the Codebreakers is holding the days for the first time ever as hair stylist and makeup artist Sarah Dunn will teach students on each one day course – being held throughout the year – how to create the famous victory rolls as well as other ‘dos’ of the decade.

Also within the ticket price of £65 is a practical make-up session, with demonstrations on Sarah’s models. Lunch is included as well as a tour of Historic Bletchley Park and lots of advice and the chance to chat with like-minded enthusiasts about this most fascinating decade.

Stylist and teacher Sarah Dunn said: “As a vintage hair stylist I am inspired by the style and spirit of the 1940s, so it’s a real honour to be bringing the decade back to life at the Home of the Codebreakers. I imagine the women at Bletchley Park during World War Two were probably more preoccupied with the vital work they were doing than with their hair and make-up but I bet it was a different story on their days off, when they travelled into London and took up the offer of cheap entry to clubs and shows.

“The hairstyles of the 1940s are wonderful as there is so much choice, they can be very dramatic as well as feminine and often quite practical. I love how glamorous people feel when they have had a makeover from this era, victory rolls and red lipstick can make anyone feel stylish and it’s amazing to think all this all came out of an age of such hardship and austerity.”

Friends of Bletchley Park can book now on 01908 272684. Tickets will go on general sale on February 1.