Events/Cultural programme

Photo Exhibition: Fashion and Dress Codes

Manchester entries to the international photo contest organised by the Fondation Alliance Française

What do a person’s clothes say about them? Clothing can express so much: personality, generation, cultural origin, age, community affiliation, gender identity… Whether dressed in a traditional costume, in overalls, for a celebration, in a tracksuit or a little black dress, following a trend or bucking one, or simply following the rules of a school, a team or a place of work - every day, every individual’s clothing is both an aesthetic and a social statement.
Manchester, formerly a great international centre for the cotton trade and the textile industry, is nowadays still a thriving cosmopolitan hive of clothing and style creation.

From Monday 26 June, come to discover this brand new exhibition, created in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and see how local photographers have responded to the theme. The exhibition is part of a competition - the best pair of photos will be selected by the competition jury and the winner will be announced on 26 May at the Alliance at 5pm. This winning pair of photos will represent the Alliance Française de Manchester for the international photo competition organised by the Fondation Alliance Française in Paris.

The local jury is composed of:

  • Andrew Ibi from the Manchester Fashion Institute
  • Gavin Parry, Senior Lecturer at the Photography department of Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Rebecca Milner, Curator at the Manchester Art Gallery
  • Emmanuel Bottiau, Director of the Alliance Française de Manchester