Leeds & West Yorkshire

Fashionable Yorkshire exhibit celebrates 500 years of female dress

Waistcoat and portrait Image copyright V&A Museum
Image caption The exhibition features an embroidered jacket from the 1600s

More than 500 years of female fashion will go on display in a new exhibition.

Fashionable Yorkshire at Lotherton Hall near Leeds showcases the outfits and the stories of the women behind them.

Highlights include the embroidered jacket made in the 1600s for Margaret Layton who married a wealthy Yorkshire landowner.

The show includes modern items, such as contemporary woollen flat caps made in Yorkshire by designer Rhian Kempadoo Millar.

Image copyright Norman Taylor / Leeds Museums and Galleries
Image caption A Victorian summer mantle made for a wedding

Also featured are two dresses dating from the mid-1700s, believed to have belonged to a member of the Priestman family, Quakers from Thornton-le-Dale, near Pickering, North Yorkshire.

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Image caption These dresses from the 1700s belonged to a Quaker from North Yorkshire

Curator Danielle Sprecher, said the change in clothing styles "mirror the changes in our society over the centuries".

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Image caption This home made dress from 1947 was based on the latest Paris fashions

"Each of the women's fashion choices have been influenced by the world around them, whether that's the traditional clothing worn by Quakers or vibrant, contemporary designs that celebrate the freedom and diversity of the 21st century," she said.

Image copyright Norman Taylor / Leeds Museums and Galleries
Image caption An 1864 jacket made from wool and swansdown

"By exploring the way clothes and designs have evolved through different eras, we can build a vivid picture of how life has changed for women, preserving the stories of those who have paved the way while celebrating the freedom we have today."

Image copyright Norman Taylor / Leeds Museums and Galleries
Image caption This silk jacket dates from 1860

The exhibition runs until the end of the year.

Image copyright Rhian Kempadoo Millar.
Image caption Modern designs also feature such as this woollen Yorkshire flat cap

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