Fashion of the 50s at Leeds exhibition

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The fashions of the Fifties has been brought to life in a new exhibition at Lotherton Hall.

The Age of Glamour is now open to the public in the historic hall’s new Fashion Galleries, created during a recent refurbishment.

Vintage era: Models on a photo shoot on top of the Queen's Hotel in Leeds in the 1950s.

Vintage era: Models on a photo shoot on top of the Queen's Hotel in Leeds in the 1950s.

As well as featuring clothes from Lotherton’s own archives, the exhibition will also include a major loan from the V&A museum - a red Dior cocktail dress, from La Ligne Y collection of 1955, as well as pieces from renowned designers Balenciaga and Norman Hartnell.

It will look at how Parisian chic influenced the clothes on offer everywhere from exclusive design houses to department stores including, in Leeds alone, Marks & Spencer, Marshall & Snelgrove, Schofields and Lewis’s.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for culture and skills, said: “Lotherton Hall remains one of Leeds’ most popular visitor attractions, and we are very excited by the opening of our newly refurbished Fashion Galleries which are set to be showcased for the first time in the fantastic ‘Age of Glamour’ exhibition.

“A range of beautiful women’s fashions that graced and embodied the 1950s will be available to view in the display, which really does promise to be something not to be missed.”

Chic: A 1951 ball gown by Crist�bal Balenciaga.

Chic: A 1951 ball gown by Crist�bal Balenciaga.

Curator Natalie Raw added: “We’re really proud that these new galleries will be in West Yorkshire, a county which enjoys a legacy of being at the cutting edge of the textile and retail industries.”

The Age of Glamour exhibition runs until December 31.

Age of Glamour 1950s: Marshall & Snelgrove

Age of Glamour 1950s: Marshall & Snelgrove