Gallery of Costume, Manchester

One of my favourite gallery spaces in the north-west of England is the Gallery of Costume in Manchester. Set in a beautiful Georgian house on the edge of Platt Fields Park in Rusholme it houses British fashion spanning six centuries. It was here, at the beginning of 2013, that I saw a collection of stunning dresses crafted from paper.

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The First Cut Exhibition featured the work of Violise Lunn, Susan Cutts and Susan Stockwell. The gallery currently features the work of Christian Dior, exhibiting day, cocktail and evening wear from his seminal collections. It runs until the 12th January 2014.

British Journal of Photography Annual 1972. Photographed by Francois Gillet

British Journal of Photography Annual 1972. Model in Ossie Clark dress photographed by Francois Gillet.

The gallery then focuses it’s attention on Ossie Clark, one of the most influential British designers of the 1960’s and 70’s. Educated at Manchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art Clark was renowned for his floaty fabrics and fluid lines. His fabrics were printed with designs created by his wife Celia Birtwell. The exhibition will feature twenty of designs from the height of his career.

Ossie Clark: British Fashion Genius, 1967 – 1977. Gallery of Costume, Manchester. 30th January – 27th July 2014.

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