Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery celebrates its 40th birthday with an iconic fashion exhibition

We all know Liverpool is the fashion capital of the north, and now there’s going to be a huge exhibition of photography and fashion collections to celebrate our unique identity.

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion is set to launch on Friday 6th January as the Open Eye Gallery, Mann Island begins its 40th birthday celebrations.

The exhibition explores the way the region is depicted, constructed and celebrated in a series of images, artworks and fashion collections. North highlights the influence our city, and others like it have on fashion and visual culture and features work from some of industry’s most notable artists.

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

Photo: Stephen McCoy – Skelmersdale 1984

Famed for setting and adapting trends , Liverpool has been a focus of media attention for decades, from The Grand National to hair rollers and tan, and our influence on popular culture has spread far and wide. 

North has attracted some iconic contributors, with photography from Nick Knight and Glen Luchford, including images from Luchford’s first ever shoot, a session with The Stone Roses for The Face in 1989.

Fashion garments on display include a Raf Simons parka from the renowned A/W 2003 Control collection, which featured graphics from Peter Saville’s archive and made headlines in 2016 year for it’s current value, a whopping £20,000.

Work by former label New Power Studio will be displayed alongside new work by rising talents such as Christopher Shannon and John Skelton. Fitting with true northern tradition, the exhibition is kindly supported by Adidas and will feature an archive of this iconic footwear brand.

Raf Simons menswear Autumn Winter 2003 Paris Menswear Fashion Week  Copyright 'One Time Only' Publication Editorial Use Only unless otherwise formally agreed

Raf Simons menswear Autumn Winter 2003

The exhibition also features new collaborative work such as a project by Hacienda designer, Ben Kelly and American fashion designer, Virgil Abloh who is a long-term fan of the sounds and graphics of 1980’s Northern England.

Co-curated by GQ contributing Editor Lou Stoppard and Manchester academic, Adam Murray, North: Identity, Photography, Fashion kicks off an exciting year in Liverpool with a host of high profile fashion events taking place across the city. From the North West Fashion Festival and Liverpool Fashion Week to British Style Collective presented by The Clothes Show making its debut across 5 iconic city venues after 27 years at the NEC, Birmingham.

The Open Eye Gallery, housed in the heart of the regenerated waterfront, has exhibited some of the worlds most inspiring and insightful photographers and is dedicating its 40th year to the celebration of its Liverpool home. Working in partnership they aim to explore the city as a site for global exchange and the history and future of people and communities across the region.

Click here to find out more about the Open Eye Gallery, ticket information and opening hours or follow @OpenEyeGallery on Twitter using the hashtags #North and #OEG40 for updates.

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