Manchester Art Gallery

Restriction and Release Fashion Show

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.

Meet the Founder of Self-Portrait

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

Thursday 29 September, 6pm-8pm, Selfridges Exchange Square Free, but RSVP essential (places limited) to selfportrait@selfridges.co.uk

Women in Work: A Fashion Panel Debate

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

Thursday 13 October, 5.30pm, Manchester Art Gallery. Free, but booking required.

Why Fashion Matters: A Fashion Panel Debate

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: 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.

Wednesday 28 September, 6pm, Selfridges Exchange Square. Free, but RSVP essential (places limited) to RSVP.Exchange@selfridges.co.uk

Speakers

Professor Frances Corner OBE

Professor Frances Corner OBE is Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London. She has over 20 years’ experience within the higher education sector at a national and international level. Named a London Leader for Sustainability in 2009 and a Green Gown finalist in 2015, Frances champions the use of fashion as an agent for innovation and change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, health and well-being.

Frances plays an active role in advising stakeholders on the future of the fashion industry and the role that higher education can play in the development and support of the creative industries. She was given a ‘Women: Inspiration & Enterprise’ Award in 2015 for services to Education.

Frances is Chair of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes, a Trustee of The Wallace Collection and Chair of Trustees of the House of Illustration. She also sits on the British Fashion Council Industry Advisory Board and was recently named in the Business of Fashion 500 – a professional index of key people shaping the global fashion industry.

She holds a DPhil from Oxford, publishes widely on art and design education and, in 2014, published her first book entitled Why Fashion Matters (Thames and Hudson). In March 2016 Frances was honoured with the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) Distinguished Professor and PhD Supervisor Award.
www.francescorner.com
@fcorner

Alexandra Stedman

Alexandra Stedman is a London based Freelance Stylist, Fashion Editor, Creative Consultant and blogger. With over 12 years in the industry, she has worked for brands such as Matches, Red, Conde Nast Traveller and Stylist. In 2012, Alex launched her blog The Frugality, seeing a gap in the market for a site about affordable clothes and living on a budget. Her site is now the go-to blog for affordable fashion, picking the best bits on the High Street as well as the right brands to invest in. Through her blog she has written for sites such as Glamour.com, Who What Wear and Red, and The-Frugality.com has been featured regularly in The Telegraph, Marie-Claire, InStyle and Grazia.

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett writes columns and features for the Guardian, and has also written for Elle, Stylist, The New Statesman and The Independent, amongst others. She co-founded the Vagenda blog, co-wrote the book of the same name, and has just finished writing her first novel.

Nina Manandhar

Nina Manandhar is a photographer and author living and working in London. Her photographs and curated projects explore contemporary global youth identity and the meaning of style. Driven by an enduring interest in people, underpinning her work is a will to champion authenticity in commercial and arts based commissions alike. Her projects have been exhibited at The Photographers Gallery, Tate Britain and The Institute of Contemporary Arts. She is the author of the What We Wore – A Peoples History of British Style (Prestel). She is an associate lecturer at London College of Fashion.

Alexandra Shulman: In Conversation

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. For more information, or cancellations, please visit Selfridges Manchester Facebook page.

Thursday 13 October, 7pm, Selfridges Exchange Square. Free, book via RSVP.Exchange@selfridges.co.uk.

 

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

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

Thursday 20 October, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Manchester Art Gallery

Free. Book tickets at Eventbrite.

Image
Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street, Manchester
© Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council

Fashion is Work Symposium in partnership with 14-18 Now

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), designer Sadie Williams, 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

The symposium is now fully booked.

Manchester in Fashion: A season of high fashion events

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.

There’s lots on and highlights of the season include:

Why Fashion Matters: A Fashion Panel Debate

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:  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.

Wednesday 28 September, 6pm, Selfridges Exchange Square. Free, but RSVP essential (places limited) to RSVP.Exchange@selfridges.co.uk

Women in Work: A Fashion Panel Debate

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

Please note, this event is now sold out

Thursday 13 October, 5.30pm, Manchester Art Gallery. Free, but booking required.

Alexandra Shulman: In Conversation

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. For more information, or cancellations, please visit Selfridges Manchester Facebook page.

Thursday 13 October, 7pm, Selfridges Exchange Square. Free, book via RSVP.Exchange@selfridges.co.uk

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

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), designer Sadie Williams, 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

Friday 14 October, 10.30am-4.30pm, Manchester Art Gallery. £5. Book tickets here.

Complete event listings

See all of the Manchester in Fashion events here.

 

These events have only been made possible thanks to a unique partnership between Manchester Art Gallery and Selfridges, and British Vogue, the National Portrait Gallery and 14-18 NOW.

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

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.

Deborah will perform her new piece and then discuss her writing with Katie Popperwell

Booking

Friday 21 October, 1pm, Manchester Art Gallery. Free, book tickets on the Manchester Literature Festival website.

1960’s Photographers

The photographers of the 1960’s 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 60s.

A Vogue 100: A Century of Style event.

Tour leader: Mat Bancroft

Free, drop-in event