A new exhibition explores the industry's relationship with the North of England.

Launching simultaneously to London Fashion Week Men’s – the event’s debut under its updated moniker – tomorrow sees the arrival of a new exhibition some 200 miles away, as North: Identity, Photography, Fashion opens at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery.

Exploring the impact of the north of England on fashion, photography and contemporary culture, North is the second show from Lou Stoppard and has been curated in collaboration with Manchester based academic and former senior lecturer in Fashion Communication at Liverpool John Moores University, Adam Murray.

Delving into the numerous ways in which the region has been depicted, constructed and celebrated by some of the industry’s most celebrated figures – both those familiar with the locale and others for whom it serves exclusively as inspiration – the exhibition will host hanging photo works alongside clothing installations, as well as a series of video interviews with designers for whom the region is home – Claire Barrow and Simon Foxton amongst them – produced by SHOWstudio.

Elsewhere the show boasts a strong line-up of photographers, designers and artists: pieces by Doncaster born Alasdair McLellan share space with Jamie Hawkesworth (a former student of Murray’s); Gucci photographer Glen Luchford’s first ever shoot – a session with The Stones Roses from 1989 – features, likewise a monochrome Morrissey print by Nick Knight.

Raf Simons famous parka from AW03, which features graphics from Peter Saville’s archive and is now valued at $20,000, also makes an appearance (and is pictured above), as do pieces from Liverpool native Christopher Shannon; Hacienda designer Ben Kelly has teamed up with Off-White designer and Kanye West collaborator Virgil Abloh for a new project too.

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion is on until 19th March and launches Open Eye gallery's 40th anniversary year.



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