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Sculptures Celebrate Tailoring

Posted on Sep 01, 2011 by Paul Tiernan

Came across this in 'The Yorkshire Post'

(Councillor Richard Lewis looks on as artist Linda Schwab is reflected in one of the sculptures that recreates a tweed pattern)

Designed by local artist Linda Schwab, the sculptures are on Bond Street where the city’s Marshall and Snelgrove department and tailoring store stood before closing in the 1970s.The sculptures are part of a wider Leeds Council project to renovate the city centre and bring public art to the streets.

Leeds was once at the forefront of England’s tailoring industry.Following the First World War around two-thirds of British men’s suits were made in city by great tailoring firms such as Montague Burton and Henry Price.

Linda Schwab said: “The sculptures reflect the engineering ingenuity and craft skills of Leeds tailors by exploring positive and negative shapes of pattern cutting and quality detailing such as exquisite silk linings.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for city development, said: “I am sure there are many people alive today who worked in the industry or had family who did and feel it is part of their family history. We hope these sculptures will help them and the city’s residents remember and celebrate this legacy.”

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