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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.

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Recent Exhibitions from the Yorkshire Fashion Archive:

‘The Synthetics Revolution’

22nd June – 21 July / 4th October – 1 December 2016

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

St. Wilfred’s Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building

University of Leeds


4th September 2015 – 14th November 2015

Barnsley Civic

Hanson St, Barnsley S70 2HZ

‘Johnathan Silver: Romantic Capitalist’

September 2012 – January 2013

New Foyer, Salts Mill

Saltaire, BD18 3LA

‘Wool Re-Fashioned’: An innovative collaboration between the Yorkshire Fashion Archive and The Woolmark Company.

7th September 2012 – 2nd January 2013

Gallery 2, Salts Mill, Saltaire.  BD18 3LA

‘Dress Rehearsal’

Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD18 3LA

16th April-15th May 2011

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