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Fabric: Touch and Identity

Sat 14 Mar – Sun 14 Jun

Playful and provocative, this exhibition explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance.

Understand how it helps to shape and communicate identity, how it expresses sensuality and sexuality, and its symbolism in different cultures.

Featuring works by Vivenne Westwood, Dorothea Tanning, Raisa Kabir, and Cathy de Monchaux, as well as new commissions including Fanfair, an immersive installation by Reiko Sudo.

Curated with Professor Alice Kettle (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Professor Lesley Millar (University for the Creative Arts) this exhibition is developed from the three year research project ‘The Erotic Cloth’, the first outcome of which has been the book The Erotic Cloth (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).


Header image: Reiko Sudo, Fantasy in Japan Blue, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy, Photo © Margot Schulman