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Special Collections - University of Bradford

From 1600s splendour to 1970s style, a new exhibition at Lotherton Hall is displaying wonderful dresses worn by Yorkshire women.  Visitors can discover what clothes meant to these women and what we can learn about society from their fashion choices.

Dress belonging to Mary Holden Illingworth. Designed by Worth Dress by Worth of Paris, worn by Mary Holden Illingworth in 1881

One of these women is Mary Holden Illingworth, daughter of Bradford wool magnate Sir Isaac Holden.  Mary obviously loved fashion and several of her luxurious and stylish outfits have survived.  The image above shows a dress she bought in 1881 for her daughter’s wedding.  It was created by the famous Parisian designer, Worth, and features an opulent fabric, fringing and a train.

Special Collections has loaned Mary’s book of travels and letters she wrote to her sister Maggie which include lots of detail about her interest in fashion.  Kay Eggleston blogged about padding mannequins so they were the…

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Small World – Cabinet of Curiosities. Autumn 2017

Eleven artists from Review-Textile are currently working towards Small World – Cabinet of Curiosities, an exhibition to be shown in Autumn 2017.This totally new venture will draw visitors into a curious surreal miniature world.For more snippets and images of work in progress please visit our Facebook page.

Work on this page by Joanne Frankel