East Leeds: Exhibition set to turn on the style

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LOVERS of vintage fashion will have designs on a trip to an east Leeds visitor attraction from next month.

Lotherton Hall, in Aberford, is preparing to open a major new exhibition called Age of Glamour.

The exhibition will showcase the Dior-inspired fashion revolution of the 1950s, an era that saw Britain making a break from the austere style of the post-war years.

It will look at how Parisian chic influenced the clothes on offer everywhere from exclusive design houses to familiar names of the high street such as Marks & Spencer.

There will also be displays giving an insight into domestic life at Lotherton Hall in the 1950s.

Natalie Raw, curator of dress and textiles for Leeds Museums and Galleries, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We’re calling it ‘the extraordinary to the ordinary’ and it’s a fabulous collection of 50s garments which showcases a really diverse range of clothing worn and loved by women in the 50s.

“It includes a glorious Dior dress loaned to us from the V&A and a fabulous Balenciaga ballgown, through to some wonderful department store must-haves to a wedding dress which was actually found in a charity shop in Leeds, which turned out to be a great example of how women made their clothes work for them again and again.

“Age of Glamour is a great insight into a period when women were beginning to celebrate the move from austerity to enjoy styles that came from the famous Paris fashion houses and how the department stores, such as Marks & Spencer and Marshall & Snelgrove, adapted these designs into off the peg garments.”

Age of Glamour runs from May 8 to December 31. For further information, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall or ring 0113 378 2959.

l The Edwardian stately home of Lotherton Hall was donated to the city of Leeds in 1969 by the Gascoigne family.

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