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Added to website: 07 April 2011

DRESS REHEARSAL
The first exhibition of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive

at Salts Mill, Victoria Road, BD18 3LA
From16th April to 15th May 2011
Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm & Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, and admission is free.

‘Burberry’s Christopher Bailey donates trench coats to Yorkshire Fashion Archive

Yorkshire born Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Director of Burberry Limited is to donate two trench coats to Yorkshire Fashion Archive (YFA). Christopher will visit Salts Mill to view the space and discuss the first YFA exhibition ‘Dress Rehearsal’. Colin McDowell author of numerous 20th Century Fashion books and Chair of the YFA will also be attending along with other members of the YFA team from the University of Leeds.

This introductory exhibition timed to coincide with World Heritage Weekend and supported by footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive, showcases a selection of garments donated to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive at the School of Design, University of Leeds and is designed to encourage the future development of the archive through public interaction, sponsorship and donations.

The exhibition explores Yorkshire life in the 20th Century revealed through clothing and accessories; key to the study is the belief that a garment is more than just the threads of its construction. This exhibition is an edited collection of garments and accessories worn by people in Yorkshire in the 20th century. Many of the garments have been donated with accompanying photographic images, information and anecdotes concerning the piece itself, the wearer or the situations in which they were worn. The research identifies, expands upon and appraises significant issues in Yorkshire’s past by exploring ways in which a society’s experiences, values and beliefs are communicated. Discussing the many different associations relating to clothing and attire the exhibition is for students, scholars and the general public. A collection of beautiful, important and informative pieces is showcased but more importantly the development of an understanding of the
reasons why changes have taken place is essential for the fashion student, the emerging designer and the avid follower of fashion history.

   

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