Not just any fashion show! M&S turns back the style clock in Leeds

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Retro trends will make a stylish return to the catwalk when Leeds’s Marks & Spencer company archive plays host to a vintage fashion show.

Taking place this Saturday, May 7, the show will feature M&S clothes and accessories from the 1930s right up to the present day.

They have all been painstakingly chosen from the 70,000-piece collection held at the archive building at the University of Leeds.

The Dressed In Time event will also feature vintage items that helped inspire fashionista Alexa Chung’s newly-released range for the retailer, Archive by Alexa.

M&S archive officer Katie Entwistle said: “It’s the first time we have staged a fashion show at the archive and it’s an exciting opportunity to showcase some of the fashion gems that make up the collection and explore the fascinating history of fashion at M&S.

“One of my favourite pieces in the show is a fantastic 1970s blue striped women’s suit, with flared trousers and wide lapels.

“We’ve teamed it with a bright yellow blouse with dagger collar and platform shoes – all very typically of the 70s.

“Another stand-out outfit is a Greta Garbo-style pink and purple pyjama suit popular in the 1930s. We sourced authentic 1930s-style fabric to recreate the look.

“Whatever your favourite fashion decade, the show will transport you to the past while demonstrating how the designs of yesteryear have influenced today’s most modern trends.”

Three shows will be staged on Saturday, starting at 11am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm.

Entry is free but booking is essential as places are limited. For further information, visit the www.marksintime.marksandspencer.com website.

M&S has links with Leeds that can be traced all the way back to the firm’s start to life as a penny bazaar at the city’s Kirkgate Market in 1884.

Its company archive relocated from London to the Michael Marks Building on the western campus of the University of Leeds in 2012.

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