Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage

Ready-made in Yorkshire

Detail from photograph of two women circa 1960s

School of Design
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Opening night: School of Design, 12 December, 5 to 7pm
Celebration event: School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, 13 December, 5 to 7pm

Admission: free

A group of Masters students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies invite you to an upcoming exhibition at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the Yorkshire Fashion Archive (based in the School of Design).

From its fine wool manufacturing to the birthplace of Marks & Spencer, this exhibition celebrates Yorkshire’s rich textile history. Resources from the Yorkshire Fashion Archive have been used to represent how style has changed, decade by decade.

The exhibition title — Ready-made in Yorkshire — is used to address not only the manufacturing industry within Yorkshire, but also the garments made by local women using classic sewing and knitting techniques, creating an individual style during a fast-fashion revolution in the 20th century.

One of Yorkshire’s greatest achievements will be displayed through a timeline of the 20th century. Through this journey, the focus is on four local women and the contents of their wardrobes, which embody the trends of their time. Through their donations to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, we are able to explore homemade garments and high street fashion, giving a voice to our community.

Ready-made in Yorkshire forms part of a series of exhibitions and projects undertaken by MA students as part of an Interpretations module. Join us at the launch event for all 10 projects on Thursday 13 December: see here for full details.

Image: photograph of Friend of Yorkshire Fashion Archive wearing Temple-Brooks Terylene cocktail dress, circa 1960s. Courtesy of Yorkshire Fashion Archive.

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