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One of the most radical changes during the war was the huge change in women’s lives. With the men away fighting, more than one million women went to work for the first time. These new responsibilities led to a new look, and a century later, this era has inspired Fashion & Freedom, an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition that examines the fashion legacy of the First World War.

From the doyenne of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood, to London-based Roksanda Ilincic and rising star J. JS Lee, leading female designers create contemporary pieces inspired by the profound changes in women’s dress.

Exquisite craftsmanship courtesy of fashion stalwarts Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton and Sadie Williams are also on display.

A series of specially commissioned original short films complement the garments, including films by directors from Nick Knight’s award-winning SHOWstudio and Luke Snellin, who wrote and directed First, which reimagines a young woman’s first day as a bus conductor.

Exhibition open from noon to 4pm. Closed on Mondays.

Event Type

  • Family Friendly


Princes Dock Street
01482 586622


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  • Accessible Toilets
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Baby Changing
  • Blue-Badge Parking
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday 9am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 9am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 9am – 5.30pm
Thursday 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm

Creative Credits

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Manchester Art Gallery, supported by the British Fashion Council.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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