Leeds Nostalgia: Ringo Starr’s jacket and its connections to Leeds

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A piece of music history created by a Leeds-trained tailor to the stars is currently on display at Leeds City Museum.

The wool and velvet jacket was created by Dougie Millings of D A Millings and Son in the 60s and was worn by none other than Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

Millings made around 500 outfits for the legendary Liverpool combo, including their distinctive round-necked suits.

Currently on loan from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the jacket is on display in Leeds as part of Tailored: A Very British Fashion which celebrates the art and heritage of tailoring from the eighteenth century to today. Coun Brain Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for culture, said: “The Beatles were one of the most popular acts of all time and it’s amazing to think we have even a small part of their incredible story in Leeds. Tailored gives insight into an industry Britain is proud of and the important contribution Leeds has made.”

Open until January 3, 2016, Tailored brings together different examples of British tailoring and explores the ways they have influenced modern fashions.

The exhibition looks at how tailoring became a renowned British skill from Savile Row in London to the Leeds tailoring industry.

Also on show as part of the exhibition is a bespoke suit commissioned by acclaimed Leeds born Savile Row tailor Kathryn Sargent, work by contemporary fashion designers Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Roger Saul for Mulberry and items from many of the big names of Leeds tailoring such as Montague Burton and Hepworths.

A Very British’ Fashion runs until January 3 2016 at Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH and is open every day except Mondays (open Bank Holidays) 10am to 5pm Tues to Friday and weekends 11am to 5pm.

Free entry to all visitors.

www.leeds.gov.uk/Tailored

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