Fast x Slow Fashion Online Exhibition


Ready-to-wear garments have a long history. You could purchase ready-made shoes, petticoats and white shirts in the 1700s.

By the end of the 1800s shops that once sold bespoke garments diversified and started to sell ready-to-wear clothes, as the industry perfected techniques in making. They were cheaper to buy than a tailor-made outfit. Soon buying ready-to-wear became the fashionable way to shop.

Now our high streets are full of recognisable shops seen across the country, which are more affordable than ever before. Customers do not necessarily want a bespoke shopping experience, but a quick and convenient transaction.

Get involved with the exhibition

Fast x Slow Fashion is going to be extended until the winter and we’d like to refresh the displays with new outfits, objects and stories.

We need your help!

If you have any clothes which tell a story of Leeds clothes shopping, we want to know.

We’re looking for stories associated with the 1980s to 2010s, as these dates are underrepresented in the current display.

If you have any clothes that you’ve bought or made in Leeds and you’d like to have a chat about your experiences associated with the making or buying of them, we’d would love to hear from you. This is a chance to get your voice into the exhibition for others to see, share and connect with.

We’re sharing stories on our social media channels each week too. Join in the conversation and let us know if you have any hidden gems in your wardrobes at home.

Please get in touch by emailing [email protected]