The Age of Elegance?

The Age of Elegance?
  • Thursday 16 February 2012 - Saturday 19 May 2012
  • Gallery of Costume
  • FREE

The Age of Elegance? is a creative interpretation of cotton stories that exist in Manchester and across the globe. The exhibition includes projections of spoken word poetry, film, installation, photography and material collected from the Gallery of Costume stores and on a research visit to Gujarat in India.

Formed in September 2011, More Than Fashion 2012 is a group of young creatives, aged 15-25, who have been meeting weekly at the Gallery of Costume. The group have developed a contemporary ‘remix’ of the traditional eighteenth century display at the Gallery of Costume as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s programme Stories of the World, and working in partnership on the shared theme of cotton with five other museums and galleries in the North West (Blackburn Museum, Bolton Museum, Art Gallery and Aquarium, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire Mills, and Whitworth Art Gallery)


To discover more about the project visit the More Than Fashion 2012 tumblr blog, an ongoing, interactive document of the group's research and inspirations.

Want to know more?

If you would like to get involved or find out more please contact Kate Day:
Tel: 0161 2457245

If you enjoyed this you might also want to visit Whitworth Art Gallery’s Cotton: Global Threads exhibition in Manchester until 13 May.

Find out more about Stories of the World in the North West


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