London’s West End Department Stores: Whiteleys, Harrods and Waring & Gillows

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2015) London’s West End Department Stores: Whiteleys, Harrods and Waring & Gillows. In: 2015 DHS CONFERENCE; Sep 2015, San Francisco, CA, USA. (Unpublished)

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This paper examines three major department stores in London’s West End, Whiteleys, Harrods and Waring & Gillows, and interprets the design and architecture of these brand new modern spaces and places as the reflection of an ideal middle-class world and bourgeois life. The paper argues that at the same time these same spaces could be considered as dystopian to the working class in their exploitation of sales-girls. This paper formed part of a three-paper panel entitled 'Utopias or Dystopias? Public interiors in Late-Nineteenth and early Twentieth-Century London'

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 2015 DHS CONFERENCE
Organising Body: Design History Society
Research Area: History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017)
Depositing User: Patricia Lara-Betancourt
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 09:22
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2016 19:21

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