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Based in the School of Design and underpinned by research excellence in textiles at the University of Leeds, the Yorkshire Fashion Archive is a publically accessible collection of haute couture, fashion garments and everyday clothing. It provides a unique historical and cultural record of Yorkshire life and documents clothing produced, purchased and worn by Yorkshire folk throughout the 20th Century. The collection reflects changing social attitudes and multi-cultural influences, economic prosperity, global trends and the regional technical excellence in textiles and clothing over a 100 year period.

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. As we progress further into the 21st century, it is imperative that we continue to gather evidence of Yorkshire history from this new perspective before the voices are lost forever. To develop and support the findings, film footage will be examined through collaboration with the Yorkshire Film Archive.

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Yorkshire Fashion Archive featured on BBC 2’s ‘Shopgirls’

The Yorkshire Fashion Archive was featured on BBC 2’s programme “Shopgirls: Revolution on the Floor” on Tuesday 1st July, which was the second of three programmes in the series.  In the episode Dr Pamela Cox reveals how the lives of shopgirls and the stores they worked in were revolutionised in the early 20th Century, and the YFA was able to demonstrate some beautiful examples of clothing from the birth of the high street, made from emerging materials of the period, including viscose-rayon.

Details for the programme can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048sd4l

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