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Fashion from the Past

Resource created by Leeds Museums and Galleries | The Discovery Centre

This resource is part of the Museum Snapshot collection - a collection of smaller resources perfect for starters, plenaries or spare moments to explore something fascinating.


This dress is approximately 260 years old. It was probably worn by a rich individual going to a fancy evening party or ball. 

The gown was given to Leeds Museums and Galleries by a local Leeds man in 1949. Most of the older garments in the Leeds fashion and textiles collection came from him - he was a collector and loved historic clothes as much as we do.