Love fashion? Currently close to Manchester? I’ve got a quick tip for you! Manchester Art Gallery has a wonderful exhibition going on, but unfortunately, it closes on Saturday. I was going to talk more about it as a part of a fashion focused Manchester must-see listing, but since the opportunity is about to slip away, I’m bringing it up now.
David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James (detail) by Cecil Beaton, 1968. ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a superb exhibition straight from National Portrait Gallery, that celebrates the British Vogue’s fashion photography by showcasing 280 prints from the archives of Condé Nast and international collections. There are fantastic photographs by legendary photographers of iconic models wearing fashion pieces that shaped the century. You also get to see very clearly how fashion has changed in 100 years. It’s brilliant and a must-see for any fashion and photography lover. Unfortunately, and understandably, you are not allowed to take photographs of the photographs, so you have to put on your running shoes and hurry to the gallery to see the exhibition for yourself.
The gallery also has another fashion exhibition going on, Fashion & Freedom, which is definitely worth seeing. It includes pieces inspired by the First World War by designers like Vivienne Westwood and Sadie Williams and by fashion design students. The mixture of pieces designed by professionals and students was refreshing and the designs creatively thought-provoking. Especially the clever parachute dress by Charlotte Malyon (University of Westminster) caught my attention.
The Manchester Art Gallery is a a great Manchester day-trip destination. It’s right there, by the town hall. I wonder why it took me so long to wander in.
I didn’t have time to go through all the exhibitions, so I have to go back on some rainy day.
The season changed from early autumn to full-on autumn very suddenly in Manchester. The outfit that I was wearing on my gallery visit was definitely more early autumn style than anything else. I would need to add on a thick scarf and maybe another layer to this outfit now. But anyway, the point of the outfit was easy Saturday look, as it mainly includes the most basic style essentials; black skinny jeans, black off-the-shoulder top and black Chelsea boots. The pale pink long waistcoat was a nice add to the autumn wardrobe, although I have now had to move on to the warmer pieces.
Enjoy the pretty autumn days while they last!
Cover image: The Second Age of Beauty is Glamour by Cecil Beaton, 1946. Condé Nast Archive London © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd