A study day to coincide with the exhibition ‘Dressed for Battle’ currently on display in the Fashion Galleries, at Lotherton Hall. The day will explore the impact of the two World Wars on civilian clothing. There will be a series of talks and an opportunity to get up close to original clothing from the period.
The speakers include Lucy Adlington from the hugely popular History Wardrobe, Dr. Geraldine Howell dress historian and author of ‘Wartime Fashion - From Haute Couture to Homemade, 1939 -1945’, Meridith Towne, who was recently seen on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee and Danielle Sprecher, a researcher and fashion historian, from the University of Leeds.
The day will look at everything from First World War fashions, to the critical significance of clothing in the Second World War. There will the chance to discover more about the history of Make Do and Mend and also find out about what impact the Demob suit - many of which were manufactured right here in Leeds, by the tailoring manufacturer Burtons - had on men’s fashions.