Fashion & Freedom

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester in Fashion: A season of high fashion events


British Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman, SHOWstudio, the British Fashion Council, Dazed & Confused’s Isabella Burley and more head a series of fashion events in Manchester this autumn.

Inspired by our two fashion exhibitions, Vogue 100: A Century of Style and Fashion & Freedom, we have teamed up with Selfridges and 14-18 NOW to present a very special season of talks, debates and a fashion conference this autumn. It’s a season that gives unrivalled access to some of the biggest names in British fashion, from British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman to designers such as Sadie Williams and Holly Fulton, and fashion writers including Frances Corner, head of the London School of Fashion, Jo Ellison, fashion editor at the Financial Times, and Dazed & Confused editor-in-chief, Isabella Burley.

Wednesday 28 September
6pm Please note, this event is now sold out.

Why Fashion Matters: A Fashion Panel Debate

Wednesday 28 September
6pm Please note, this event is now sold out.

A panel debate held in the newly launched womenswear department at Selfridges Exchange Square. Led by Frances Corner, author of the Thames & Hudson book Why Fashion Matters, this lively panel debate gets to grips with our love-hate relationship with fashion. On the panel is a range of voices from across the fashion and style spectrum: Naomi Shimada, the New York-based model, presenter and columnist for InStyle UK; Alexandra Stedman, the stylist, art director and editor of The Frugality blog; the Guardian writer and co-author of the Vagenda book and blog, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett; and photographer Nina Manandhar, author of What We Wore – A People’s History of British Style.

Booking

Please note, this event is now sold out.

Selfridges Exchange Square. Free, but RSVP essential (places limited) to exchange@selfridges.co.uk

Thursday 29 September
6pm-8pm

Meet the Founder of Self-Portrait

Thursday 29 September
6pm-8pm

Experience an exclusive evening with the man behind the rising contemporary fashion label, Self-Portrait. Han Chong himself will visit Selfridges Exchange Square’s new Contemporary Studio on 3 for an intimate evening focusing on one of fashion’s most successful labels. Guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails, sweet treats and live entertainment.

Booking

Selfridges Exchange Square
Free, but RSVP essential (places limited) to selfportrait@selfridges.co.uk

Thursday 6 October
6.15pm-7pm

1960s Photography

Thursday 6 October
6.15pm-7pm

The photographers of the 1960s didn’t just capture the exhilaration felt around them, they created a visual revolution. Learn more about the direct, dynamic approach of photographers such as David Bailey and Terence Donovan, whose work encapsulated the vibrancy and style of the 1960s. Part of the Thursday Lates event.

Booking

Manchester Art Gallery. Free, no booking required

Tuesday 13 October
5.30pm

Women in Work: A Fashion Panel Debate

Tuesday 13 October
5.30pm

A panel debate held here at the gallery. Led by Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, this panel debate tackles the issue of women in work – and why women are still judged not only by the quality of their work, but by what they wear. Joining Caroline is former Vogue editor and now fashion editor of the Financial Times, Jo Ellison, and the editor-in-chief of Dazed & Confused, Isabella Burley.

Booking

Manchester Art Gallery. Free, but booking required. Book tickets on Eventbrite.

Thursday Lates: Fashion at Manchester Art Gallery

Thursday 13 October
5.30pm-9pm

Manchester Gallery continues its popular late night opening series with an evening dedicated to fashion. Alongside the Women in Work panel debate, this is your chance to see its two fashion exhibitions, Vogue: A Century of Style and Fashion & Freedom, at your leisure. Take a free guided tour of Vogue 100 (6.45pm) or take advantage of our evening menu in the Gallery Café.

Booking

Manchester Art Gallery. Free, no booking required

Thursday 13 October
7pm Please note, this event is now sold out.

Alexandra Shulman: In Conversation

Thursday 13 October
7pm Please note, this event is now sold out.

An intimate in-conversation with one of the giants of the British fashion industry, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman; she speaks to Jo Ellison (fashion editor, Financial Times).

Booking

Please note, this event is now sold out.

Selfridges Exchange Square. Free, book via RSVP. Exchange@selfridges.co.uk

Fashion is Work: Industry Insights and Inspirations, in partnership with 14-18 NOW

Friday 14 October
10.30am-4.30pm

This fashion symposium offers a variety of perspectives on working in fashion for aspiring and emerging fashion professionals – from the design studio to the catwalk to the museum. It features talks and workshops from Caroline Rush (British Fashion Council), designers Sadie Williams and Holly Fulton, fashion photographer Jez Tozer, stylist and fashion director Kim Howells, fashion curator Jenna Rossi-Camus and Fashion & Freedom creative director Darrell Vydelingum. The symposium takes as its starting point Fashion & Freedom, which includes new commissions from Vivienne Westwood, Sadie Williams, Roksanda, Holly Fulton, J JS Lee and Emilia Wickstead.

Booking

Manchester Art Gallery. £5. Book tickets here.

Dave Haslam: Jazz, flappers and moral panics, in association with 14-18 NOW

Thursday 20 October
6.30pm-7.30pm

In association with the exhibition Fashion & Freedom, Dave Haslam presents an evening talk illustrated by music and images. Haslam has written about the cultural changes brought about by and after the First World War in his latest book Life After Dark, especially the causes and effects of the boom in jazz and going out dancing. Dancing was seen as a female pursuit and some cultural commentators worried about the emasculation of a whole generation of men because they were getting attracted in the ‘female space’ of Mecca ballrooms. Dancing influenced fashions, with lighter fabrics designed with movement in mind, and cheaper fabrics created to provide outfits for less well off women who were enjoying an active social life.

Booking

Manchester Art Gallery. Free, book tickets at Eventbrite.

Deborah Levy, Fashion & Freedom, in partnership with 14-18 NOW

Friday 21 October
1pm

Novelist, poet and playwright Deborah Levy has been commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival to respond to Fashion & Freedom. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the exhibition explores the impact of the First World War on the changing role of women and fashion. Deborah is the author of the short story collection Black Vodka and five novels including Swallowing Geography, The Unloved and Swimming Home. Her latest novel, Hot Milk, is a bold and sensual exploration of family, identity, female rage, desire and sexuality. The Sunday Times described Deborah as ‘an exciting writer, sharp and shocking as the knives her characters wield.

Booking

Manchester Art Gallery. Free, but booking advised. Book on the Manchester Literature Festival website.

Thursday 10 November
7pm-8.30pm

Restriction and Release Fashion Show

Thursday 10 November
7pm-8.30pm

Manchester Art Gallery has commissioned students from King David Sixth Form, Loreto College, Manchester College and Xaverian College to develop responses to the 14-18 Now exhibition Fashion & Freedom. They have been inspired by experiences from the First World War, exploring what was happening to women and making connections through the themes of restriction and release.

The commission involves students making outcomes that will become part of their portfolio with some being showcased at this fashion show take over of the gallery.
Join us for a stylish evening to celebrate Manchester’s Emerging Designers.

Booking

Manchester Art Gallery. Free, no booking required.

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