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.

Manchester Art Gallery
Wednesday 28 September 2016, 10:00 AM–Friday 21 October 2016, 5:00 PM

A mix of free and ticketed 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.


Please note, this event is now sold out.

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

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.


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).


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

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.


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.