Northern Society of Costume and Textiles
THE NORTHERN SOCIETY
OF COSTUME AND TEXTILES
Date:
19/04/2008
Title:
AGM and Ruth Caswell, Bradford Textile Archive
Venue:
The Ecumenical Church, Wesley Terrace, Rodley Nr. Leeds


We returned to Rodley for  our April AGM meeting and a particular speaker we had been chasing for some time.

Ruth Caswell is a renowned Costume Designer and the textile historian instrumental in initiating the Bradford Textile Archive, now housed in new surroundings at Salt's Mill. As a fashion graduate, Ruth first trained as a costumier at Nathan's in London before a long association with the pioneering Theatre 69 Company, (precursor of Manchester's Royal Exchange,) dressing many star productions and premieres.

In the 1970's, her own label work as a fashion designer for Liberty's and others, featured in Vogue.  Ruth has  made costumes for Glyndebourne Opera and numerous television programmes including the BBC's famous 1997 Pride & Prejudice for wich she was textile advisor.

Her film credits include Shakespeare in Love and the two current Elizabeth films. Alongside all this, Ruth has a textile-related project she wanted to share with us