Sunday, 24 July 2016

Manchester Fashion Exhibitions Trip

Fashion & Freedom Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Elsa Schiaparelli Exhibition at Manchester Gallery of Costume
If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen a few pictures of some architecture and having lunch in Manchester. I was there with my textiles class to view three exhibitions to aid our study, it was a really fun day out. First, we went to the Manchester Art Gallery where we looked at the Fashion & Freedom exhibition and Vogue 100. The Fashion & Freedom exhibition addressed the way women in WW1 gained freedom by men going to war. There was a mixture of designer dresses and dresses made by degree students. They were all so creative and it was great to look at the details and gain inspiration for my A Level Textiles garment design.

We then went upstairs to the Vogue 100 gallery which was brilliant. Sadly, you couldn't take pictures in there so all I can do is describe and tell you how you really should go if you love fashion! You were first greeted with a fashion film compiled of different Vogue shoots and then walked around through the eras of Vogue covers and images from the magazines carefully selected to portray the best of each era. They also have copies, including the first ever Vogue issues to look at under glass tables, it's interesting to look through and see how fashion and fashion photography (or in the earlier issues' case, illustration) has changed. If you can I would really suggest going to both of these, they are completely free and the gallery is only a few minutes walk from the central shopping area in Manchester.

We then took a bus to the Manchester Gallery of Costume where we saw a Schiaparelli exhibition. The gallery is so small compared to the one in central Manchester but it is painted in these cute pastel colours and had a very intimate feel to it, you were extremely close to the garments that the Elsa Schiaparelli designed herself! It was a great experience to see all the details on the garments. This was also free and a single ticket on the bus only cost us £1 each which isn't going to break the bank!

I thought both the galleries and the exhibitions were worth a look if you love fashion and were planning a trip to Manchester some time this year. Below I've listed the dates of when they end. I hope this post was interesting to some of you who have an interest in fashion!

Manchester Art Gallery:
Fashion & Freedom - until 27th November 2016
Vogue 100 - until 30th October 2016

Manchester Gallery of Costume:
Schiaparelli and Thirties Fashion - until 23rd October 2016

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  1. I don't live near Manchester which is so sad as this Exhibition looks so good! Although the exhibitions are on for a long time so I might be able to go nearer the end of summer! x

    1. If you could make it to the exhibitions I really would, the Vogue one is definitely worth a visit! x

  2. Oh wow I had no idea Manchester had such good exhibitions on at the moment! I don't live locally but honestly these look well worth a day trip x

    1. Do it aha! We spent the afternoon looking around the shops too for my textiles and the city centre is so good! x


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