Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool are celebrating in style with a new exhibition that showcases the North’s influence on fashion and visual culture.

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, which opened on Friday, is co-curated by Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray and explores what makes the North of England such a creative, diverse and inspiring place to live for artists, and all people. Those contributing include Turner-prize winners Mark Leckey and Jeremy Deller alongside Yorkshire-born contemporary fashion designers Alasdair McLennan and David Sims.

Running until 19 March, the exhibition takes us on a journey from the Mass Observation movement in the 1930s up to the present day. It explores the North through documentary photography, fashion editorials, video footage, garments (including, of course, a ‘parka’ coat) and even some iconic adidas trainers, a staple of Northern style.

“I think there’s room to do complex, challenging shows that feature a mix of photography, garments and art. I know there’s a vogue for the blockbuster or retrospective at the moment, but shows like North – ones that say something about society or culture – are important” said Lou Stoppard, co-curator.

Catch North: Identity, Photography, Fashion at Open Eye Gallery until 19 March.


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