Marks and Spencer archive event.

Anyone in Leeds at a loss for what to do this weekend?

If so I highly recommend taking yourself down the Marks and Spencer archive for this fabulous event:

M&S 1950s ground nylon floral dress


M&S 1950s ‘New Look’ Nylon Dress with floral print

Fabulous M&S dresses in the archive

Rock around the Frock

A step back in time to 1950s glamour

In celebration of this remarkable decade, M&S is calling on locals to step back in time and celebrate the sights, sounds, fashions and innovations of the 1950s at a special event at the M&S Company Archive in Leeds on Saturday 17th August. The free event will chart the retailer’s role in bringing high fashion to the High Street. Unseen 50s products will be on display and there will be screenings of period adverts complete with popcorn and picnic style refreshments. Guests can also take part in Rock’ n’ Roll dance classes with Swing Dance Leeds, and for those who come in their own 50s inspired fashions, they’ll have the chance to win a ‘best dressed’ prize and a £50 gift card. The Archive is open between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays and the 1950s event will run from 11am to 3pm. 

Also, you might be interested to have a look at their spangly new website which has tons of images of original dresses. I have spotted a few pieces in my personal collection on there! A great resource for researchers:

You can read more about the Marks and Spencer archive here.

Marks and Spencer archive opening

Today was quite an exciting day in Leeds. It was the launch of the M and S archive, which as I had been involved in a styling project for my course I got to go along to.
The archive is great, if anyone went to the Marks in Time exhibition when it was held in the Parkinson court a few years back it is basically an extension of that. A great mix of clothes, homey nick nacks and food based ephemera are all on display. I have to say the exhibition design is very good and the new building it is housed is a great addition to the Leeds university campus.
Here are a few cheeky snaps inside at the opening

And here is me in a bit of vintage 50s M and S which I thought was rather fitting for the occasion!

It is free to go and have a look round the “exhibition” part of the archive, so I highly recommend a little wander if you are local to Leeds.