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The Civic’s Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions

The Civic in the town center has a few fashion related exhibitions coming this weekend and all are a must-see! The first being ‘Fashion & Freedom’, based around the first world war as inspiration to leading fashion designers to create contemporary pieces. The second ‘VS David Bowie’ is about a local Illustrator who has challenged nearby designers and artists to colour in images of David Bowie drawings, as well as a Life Size Paper Doll workshop inspired by them. There will also be a Pop-Up Print Showcase from Barnsley College students.

From Saturday 11th February, the exhibition ‘Fashion & Freedom’ will be showcasing fashion items from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Holly Fulton, Roksanda, Emilia Wickstead and more. All inspired by how the First World War has impacted women’s life and work and how fashion changed to accomodate that. This exhibition that was commissioned by 14-18 NOW has come from Manchester Art Gallery and is here until April 8th.

‘VS David Bowie’ is an exhibition celebrating local Illustrator and Adult Colouring Book designer, Mel Elliot. One of her bestselling books was based on David Bowie images and The Civic has asked numerous local artists, designers, illustrators and creatives to ‘colour-in’ one of her many images in their own way. This exhibit is on 11th Febraury to 8th of April.


To go alongside both of the above exhibitions, there will be a life sized paper doll workshop on 22nd February & 15th February to create your own designs and have the fun of modelling them on the runway. You can book onto the workshops here


In light of The Civic’s upcoming Print Fair in July, they are showcasing some of Barnsley College’s students print work from textiles, to lino prints, etching, screen printing and digital prints. Available for viewing from February 8th also.

Let us know what you think to all the exhibitions when you go and visit this weekend!

All photos belong to The Civic.



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