Find Out More About Image And Style At New Abbey House Museum Exhibition


An exciting exhibition showcasing the changing fashions in hair, make-up and manicure that have risen to prominence over the decades and centuries has opened its doors at a Leeds museum. 

Not to be missed for anyone with an eye and passion for fashion, the ‘How do I Look?’ exhibition at Abbey House Museum has opened and will run to the 31 December 2015. An array of diverse and fascinating objects from Leeds Museums and Galleries vast collections will feature in the exhibition including: Ancient Egyptian kohl pots,1960s false eye-lashes, Victorian corsets, curling tongs, 1950s perm machines and cut-throat razors.

The display also features portraits of contemporary Leeds people, each with their own unique style, which were taken by the award-winning photographer Sara Porter specifically for the exhibition. These will be shown alongside images from the museum collections including portraits on ancient coins, periwigged oil paintings and 20th century photographs from the Yorkshire Post archive. There is also the chance to see newly digitised footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive featuring 1970s hairdressing students and 1950s hairdressing competitions.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“The ‘How do I Look’ exhibition at Abbey House Museum, will provide a fresh and alternative look at image and style through the decades and centuries and across the world.

“A really exciting and innovative element of the display is a number of portraits taken by award-winning photographer Sara Porter, featuring  people living in and around Leeds today, which is certain to attract a lot of interest and debate.”

For full details of the exhibition, please visit with updates communicated using the #HowDoILook hashtag via Leeds Museums and Galleries’ social media accounts on Twitter ( and Facebook (


Adults £4.00, child £2.00, conc £3.20, family ticket £8.40*

*based on two adults and up to three children.

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Fri and Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm (last admission 4pm).

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