The Fashion of Football
Friday, 1st Feb 2013
Manchester's National Football Museum is playing host to a new free exhibition celebrating 50 years of football and fashion. 'Strike a Pose' opens on the 1st of February, and is inspired by the book The Fashion of Football, From Best to Beckham, From Mod to Label Slave by Fred Perry friends Paolo Hewitt and Mark Baxter.
From the flamboyant fashions worn by players ever since the wage cap was lifted in 1961, to the clothing adopted by the likes of mods, skinheads and casuals on the terraces; football has always had an intriguing influence on both spectator and sportsman. The coloured tipping applied to the iconic Fred Perry shirt was first initiated by West Ham fans who were keen to sport their club's colours, taking what was traditionally a tennis shirt and adopting it as their own. The National Football Museum has a selection of original 1960s Fred Perry shirts on display.
'Strike a Pose' explores a wide range of football influenced trends; the good, the bad and the Beckham sarong. George Best - who many consider to be the godfather of football and fashion - is remembered with a dedicated section showcasing a selection of 60s clothing sold at his Manchester shops. The museum will also be holding a series of related events alongside the exhibition, kicking off with a conversation with Baxter and Hewitt this afternoon.
'Strike a Pose: 50 Years of Football and Fashion' runs from the 1st of February to 27th August 2013. The Fashion of Football, From Best to Beckham, From Mod to Label Slave by Paolo Hewitt and Mark Baxter is available now. You can see both authors' customised shirts, created as part of our 60 Year Anniversary gallery, HERE.