New tailoring exhibition set to open at Leeds museum

Caption: The proud tailoring history of Leeds will be showcased in a new gallery.

A new gallery celebrating the rich tradition of Leeds’ tailoring industry is set to open tomorrow at a popular city museum.

Available to view from September 2, the permanent display at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills will not only showcase the work and history of the city’s tailoring firms and high street fashions, but highlight the importance and scale of the clothing factories during their heyday and beyond.

Set to feature in the gallery are 120 items of men’s tailoring from the 1930’s to the 1980’s from the museum’s Industrial History Costume Collection. The majority of the collection was donated by small firms such as a multi-coloured sample school blazer form W.A Hogg or from the big Leeds based tailors such as Hepworth’s and Burtons.

Included as part of the Burton’s collection are everyday suits, dinner suits and demob suits that were specially commissioned by the government. The costume donated by Hepworth’s also includes a group of 19th century replica designs from the company’s archives that were custom made to celebrate the company’s centenary in 1964. These sit aside a range of other interesting items including a good selection of semi-finished samples which were sent to clients who placed large orders, such as the London Ambulance service, which uniforms still have the hand written sample tags attached.

For more information regarding Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills.aspx

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"Leeds has a very proud and distinguished history in tailoring, and as part of this new fantastic gallery opening at Armley Mills, we will be showcasing the work of firms who helped put our city on the industries world map.

"Included in the gallery will be 120 items taken from our own costume collection included pieces which were donated from a range of local companies and the chance to find out the vital and important role that tailoring played in our local economy."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

There is no additional charge for visiting this exhibition. Normal admission charges apply.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is open at the following times:

Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

For further information visit our website www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk