Landmark exhibition on male costume to be held at Leyburn venue

A 19th Century silver-laced Coattee made for Captain John Abraham Russell who served in India in the army of the Honourable East India Company and a miniature uniform, made for a boy whose father was in the Towcester Yeomanry Cavalry circa 1840. Photo: Sebastian Bone Photography.

A landmark exhibition exploring 200 years of male costume is to open at the Garden Rooms at Tennants.

Man & Boy: Male Dress 1730-1930 will run at the Garden Rooms at Tennants from January 16 to February 16, from 9am to 5pm daily.

Harriet Hunter Smart, from Tennants, said: “In hosting this landmark exhibition, Tennants is delighted to play a leading role in moving the discussion of male dress from the side lines to centre stage.

“Using real garments drawn from two exceptional private collections, the exhibition will tell the story of clothes worn by men and boys at work and play, at war and peace, in the schoolroom and in mourning over two hundred years.

“Unusually, it will examine not only the sumptuous dress worn by the elite, but also the plainest workaday clothes of the ordinary man and boy.”

Organisers say the exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to look in detail at changing historical attitudes to the representation of masculinity from early childhood to adulthood.

The exhibition will introduce visitors to the attire of fops, dandies and swells, to bridegroom’s clothing across the centuries, to the costumes worn on trips to the seaside and much more.

A special focus will also be given to clothing made or worn in Yorkshire.

The free exhibition will be accompanied by two talks by the collectors.

From Salon to Street: Aristocratic and Revolutionary Dress in 1790s France will be held on January 16 and Shirted & Skirted: Men’s Printed Shirts and Boys Silk Dresses in mid Victorian England will run on February 15.

Further details and tickets for the talks are available from