Age of Glamour exhibition

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A touch of glamour from the fifties will be coming to Lotherton Hall’s newly reburbished Fashion Gallery this spring.

The country home near Aberford is to host an exhibition of women’s fashions, opening on March 20 and running until December 31.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “Lotherton Hall remains one of Leeds’ most popular visitor attractions, and we are very excited by the opening of our newly refurbished Fashion Galleries which are set to be showcased for the first time in the fantastic Age of Glamour exhibition.

“A range of beautiful women’s fashions that graced and embodied the 1950s will be available to view in the display, which really does promise to be something not to be missed.”

This exhibition will showcase a loan from the V&A - a red Dior cocktail dress (the acclaimed Ecarlate, from Dior’s La Ligne Y collection of 1955) - plus pieces from renowned designers, Balenciaga (Ball Gown, by Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1951) and Norman Hartnell.

The displays will also show luxury ready to wear dresses from British designer labels such as Frank Usher, Susan Small and Horrockses, and explore the post-war period when fashion delighted in a return to elegance.

Visitors will be able to gain an understanding of the fashion system and how the glamour of the Parisian fashion houses came off the peg to department stores and the home dressmaker.

A spokesman added: “With strong links to the north of England, their representation within the exhibition will allow this period of fashion history to be placed into context of Leeds and Yorkshire and provide a snapshot of the population’s desires and eventual achievement to have glamour hanging in their own wardrobes following the austerity of the war years.”

Lotherton Hall is the home of Leeds Museums and Galleries extensive and collection of fashion and textiles dating from the 1600s to the present day.

The Edwardian house and country estate, once home to the Gascoigne family, opened in 1970 as a museum and has undergone recent major refurbishment following a £150,000 grant from the Department of Culture Media and Sport and Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.