Dress Rehearsal II exhibition to open at ULITA

Dress Rehearsal II, an exhibition of garments from the Yorkshire Fashion Archive based in the School of Design, will be staged at ULITA from 20 April to 17 May 2012.


The exhibition gives a further opportunity to view the items successfully exhibited at Salts Mill, Saltaire in 2011 and explores Yorkshire life in the 20th century revealed through clothing and accessories and the stories behind them.  Key to the exhibition is the belief that a garment is more than just the threads of its construction.

The exhibition is an edited collection of garments and accessories worn by people in Yorkshire in the 20th century. Many of the garments have been donated with accompanying photographic images, information and anecdotes concerning the piece itself, the wearer or the situations in which they were worn. The research identifies, expands upon and appraises significant issues in Yorkshire's past by exploring ways in which a society's experiences, values and beliefs are communicated. A collection of beautiful, important and informative pieces is showcased but more importantly the development of an understanding of the reasons why changes have taken place and being able to contextualise these changes within a socio-historical setting is paramount for the fashion student, the emerging designer and the avid follower of fashion history.

The exhibition is being staged:

From:  20 April to 17 May 2012

Open:  Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm

In:       University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA)
Maurice Keyworth Building

Admission is free.

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