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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.
Monday, 16th Jul 2012
In new book Beautiful Britain: Photographs from the 1970s to the Present, photographer Iain McKell captures his own individual journey walking besides the tribes and subcultures of the UK. The personal collection of images taken over a period of thirty-five years shows a wide variety of subjects ranging from seaside tourists to skinheads, ravers to suburban dandies and reflects McKell’s position as not only a photographer and curious observer but also a keen participant. As he says: “my work is always about the us rather than the them.”
Finding his spiritual roots in photographers such as Irving Penn, Bruce Davidson and Diane Arbus; McKell is drawn to subjects who are all in search of something that takes them outside the perceived normality of mass culture. Beautiful Britain is accompanied by an essay by journalist and cultural commentator William Oliver, who has written for the likes of Dazed and Confused, i-D and The Art Newspaper. Together the author and artist capture characters that are creative, eccentric and authentic – attributes that Mckell describes as “true Britishness”.
All images from Beautiful Britain: Photographs from the 1970s to the Present, by Iain McKell. Copyright © Iain McKell, 2012.
Beautiful Britain: Photographs from the 1970s to the Present, by Iain McKell, with an essay by William Oliver is published by Prestel price £24.99 in hardcover, 192 pp, 150 col. illus. (ISBN 978-3-7913-4701-1).
Tuesday, 26th Jun 2012
The East End Film Festival (EEFF) opens on the 3rd July with a tribute to unique musical talent, Amy Winehouse. EEFF is held in London’s East End and attracts an audience of around 30,000 people annually, making it one of the UK’s largest film festivals. The rich and diverse programme aims to discover, support and exhibit pioneering work by local and independent film makers.
The Amy Winehouse film ‘The Day She Came to Dingle’ combines never- before- seen concert and archive footage, offering a glimpse into the world of a true musical icon. The film explores her deep affection for jazz, soul and gospel and contains footage of arguably one of her best ever performances. The performance was recorded back in 2006 in an atmospheric church in the small Irish fishing village of Dingle shortly before she gained international fame.The screening will take place in beautiful, gothic Hawksmoor Church of St. Anne’s in Limehouse, and will be supported by an evening of live music, cocktails and an after party.