Fashion fanatics have the chance to check out catwalk creations by some of the industry’s biggest names at exhibitions in the Leeds.
The country’s foremost fashionistas are set to flock to the capital this week for London Fashion Week, but Leeds is currently hosting two sartorially-themed exhibitions looking at the rich history and changing face of fashion through the ages.
Tailored: A Very British Fashion is on at Leeds City Museum and focuses on the art and heritage of tailoring from the eighteenth century to today.
Exploring the evolution of tailoring from Savile Row in London to the Leeds tailoring industry, the exhibition features a jacket owned by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, on loan from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
The jacket was made by Leeds-trained tailor to the stars, Dougie Millings, who made around 500 outfits for the legendary band including their distinctive round-necked suits.
It also features a bespoke suit created by Leeds-born tailor Kathryn Sargent and work by fashion designers Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Roger Saul for Mulberry. Alongside Tailored, Lotherton Hall is also hosting Age of Glamour, which pays tribute to the stunning fashions of the fifties.
Ruth Leach, Leeds City Museum curator, said: “With the focus turning to fashion this week, it’s great that we have two exhibitions in Leeds that really tell the story of the industry and some of the different ways it has developed over the years.”
Age of Glamour looks at how Parisian chic changed the world of fashion from design houses to department stores including Leeds’s Marks & Spencer.