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Street Life: Liverpool in fashion

16 June - 20 August 2006

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

fashionably dressed young woman
© Victoria Spofforth

North West photographers Mark McNulty and Victoria Spofforth have documented the unique 'look' of Liverpool fashion. Subjects young and old were included in the exhibition, revealing a candid portrait of the city’s confidence and style.

More than twenty colour photographs conveyed the character of Liverpool’s 'pavement catwalks'. From young men in designer tracksuits and trainers to a sharp-suited businessman in front of classic architecture, the images cover the spectrum of Liverpool society and fashion.

Street Life explained how fashion can signal many things from individual identity, membership of a particular group, allegiance to a favourite football team or love of a type of music. The exhibition captured the rich mixture of styles on Liverpool’s streets as the city prepared to be European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Accompanying the exhibition was a display on the future of fabrics and 'smart materials'. Concentrating on the latest design and structure of contemporary textiles, the display revealed how modern garments can accommodate a wide range of needs and circumstances. The display also looked at how these innovative materials are analysed at the Conservation Centre when making choices on their collection and preservation.

The exhibition was a collaboration between Peppered Sprout Design Company and National Museums Liverpool, supported by the Liverpool Culture Company.