Time is running out to view a fantastic costume exhibition at one of the city’s most popular and historic houses.

As part of the ‘Dressed for Battle’ display at Lotherton Hall which is set to close on September 28, visitors can view a wide range of fashions that have both inspired and influenced the style of dress worn at home and abroad during wartime. Included in the collection are items dating from the Napoleonic Wars (1803 – 1815) up to the present day, which include an Alexander McQueen coat from his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

The closing of the exhibition will mark the beginning of an exciting refurbishment programme at Lotherton Hall that when completed, will make the house a major museum of fashion and textiles. The redevelopment will create an up to date 21st century gallery space; with modern cases, improved lighting and the chance to utilise technology, which will allow opportunities to include new elements like film and sound in the galleries.

As part of the planned work a new lift will also be installed so visitors can have full access to the much loved country house as well as the exciting modern exhibition spaces. The new Fashion Galleries are set to launch in March 2015, with the debut exhibition Age of Glamour showcasing fifties fashions and the rise of department stores.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“The Dressed for Battle exhibition at Lotherton Hall has proved to be extremely popular with visitors, and the great news is that there is still time to see the collection before it closes on September 28.

“A wide range of items from different centuries are on display, and the exhibition provides an interesting insight into how fashion has both changed and being influenced during wartime.

“While it will be sad to see Dressed for Battle close, it will mean that a refurbishment and revamp of our fashion galleries can begin, which is very exciting. A range of work is set to be undertaken and we can’t wait to see the final results when the new fashion galleries open in March 2015.”

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