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14-18 NOW present Fashion & Freedom

Princes Quay Shopping Centre

Tuesday 1st August – Sunday September 3rd

11am – 6pm daily

Sat 2 Sept 11am – 7pm

Sun 3 Sept 11am – 7pm

One of the most radical changes during the war was the huge change in women’s lives. With the men away fighting, more than one million women went to work for the first time. These new responsibilities led to a new look, and a century later, this era has inspired Fashion & Freedom, an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition that examines the fashion legacy of the First World War.

From the doyenne of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood to London-based Roksanda Ilincicand rising star J JS Lee, leading female designers create contemporary pieces inspired by the profound changes in women’s dress.

Exquisite craftsmanship courtesy of fashion stalwarts Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton and Sadie Williams are also on display.

A series of specially commissioned original short films complement the garments, including films by directors from Nick Knight’s award-winning SHOWstudio and Luke Snellin who wrote and directed First, which reimagines a young woman’s first day as a bus conductor.

This exhibition is open from 28th July until 3rd September


Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Manchester Art Gallery, supported by the British Fashion Council.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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