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A Stitch in Time: M&S Heritage Inspiring Clothing Today

A Stitch in Time_M&S Company Archive

M&S Company Archive
Michael Marks Building
University of Leeds LS2 9JT

A Stitch in Time examines the role that heritage plays in inspiring today’s fashion. The exhibition showcases a range of items from the M&S Archive collection, including men and women’s clothing, lingerie and fashion marketing.

Set alongside the permanent exhibition at the M&S Company Archive, A Stitch in Time intends to highlight the way in which the heritage of M&S is valued by the business and used to inspire current items of clothing. The starting point for the group’s project was a 1950s St Michael apron in the collection. This apron inspired the Eliza dress in the 2016 Archive by Alexa range, designed by model and television personality Alexa Chung.

The exhibition has been developed by a group studying MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies at the University of Leeds.

The launch for A Stitch in Time will be held on Thursday 7 December at 4.00pm. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to talk to the group about their project. Visitors will also have the chance to look around the permanent exhibition which charts the journey of M&S, from its beginnings in Leeds in 1884, to the present day.

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