The north of England is a region with a distinct identity. Over the past 50 years or so it’s developed and refined its own style, culture, and way of life – from the Beatles to Madchester – and has had an undeniable influence on fashion and image-makers around the world.
The latest exhibition at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery explores just that. North: Identity, Photography and Fashion, curated by SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard and academic Adam Murray (who also co-founded photography collective Preston Is My Paris) looks at how the region has influenced fashion and visual culture – including Raf Simons’ parkas created for his AW03 collection in collaboration with record sleeve designer Peter Saville, and a project by Hacienda designer Ben Kelly and American fashion designer Virgil Abloh inspired by 1980s northern England.
The exhibition features a mixture of art, photography and garments that come together to show the various components that make up northern style – and go beyond the stereotypes. It explores society, culture and music and it has a real northern grit about it. It’s not experimental, inaccessible or idealistic, rather a representation and celebration of the north of England quite unlike anything we’ve seen before.
North: Identity, Photography and Fashion will be on show at the Open Eye Gallery until 19 March 2017. For more information, visit the website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images courtesy of Open Eye Gallery