Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


The Synthetics Revolution

Synthetics, School of Design, Leeds, ULITA, Yorkshire Fashion Archive

Yorkshire Fashion Archive (housed within the School of Design) and the Enterprise of Culture project has teamed up with ULITA to look behind the scenes of the synthetics revolution with the aim of bringing the story of man-made fibres and how we interact with them to life.

Drawing on these two university archive collections, the exhibition delves into how the introduction of synthetic fibres into a predominantly woollen manufacturing area, Yorkshire, had an impact on the lives of its inhabitants and changed the face of the textile industry in the region. Synthetic fibres were a global phenomenon but many technical innovations originated in Yorkshire. A programme of events will investigate the experiences of people in Yorkshire as they came to know the new wonder fibres and their love/hate relationship with them.


Synthetics Revolution, ULITA, Yorkshire Fashion Archive, Leeds, University of Leeds, School of Design

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