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Cotton Couture: 1950s Commissions from Manchester (Manchester Art Gallery)

I stumbled across this fabulous exhibition when I was researching a blog for Time Out Manchester. You may have read my Gallery of Costume Dior blog a couple of years ago – I’ve always wondered what’s in the vaults there and it turns out this is.

This exhibition runs until the end of August, and is all features dresses from the Catwalk as featured by the Cotton Board and many of them modelled by Barbara Goalen (swoon). If you live in, or are planning on visiting, Manchester go and see them before they get packed away again. These are fantastic pieces which your heart will melt over.

The exhibition is free, as is the rest of the Art Gallery (although donations are welcome).

 

 

 

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

1950s Commissions - Manchester Art Gallery

6 thoughts on “Cotton Couture: 1950s Commissions from Manchester (Manchester Art Gallery)”

  1. wow – that looks amazing……………….. barbara goalens vitals are a lot of food for thought – 18inch waist – how waspish is that! (scarlett o hara aged 16 is supposed to have 18inch waist and using a corset)

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for posting this! Its so amazing!
    Inspires me to continue my vintage dress shop online.
    Thx again,
    Kathy
    couturepapillon.com

  3. Thanks for this Stacey, I’m going next Tuesday thanks to your recommendation. Apart from akaban do you know of there are any good fabric shops in Manchester?

    1. The only other decent one is in Chorlton – it’s Leon’s Fabrics, you can get a bus up there or drive if you’re driving, it;s only about 15 mins from the city centre 🙂

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