London is a city that swims in culture. From its great museums like the Tate, fashion movements like the punk scene, to the long list of great musical acts spawned in the English Capitol. It’s a city that is seat-belted together in history but has one foot firmly pressed on the throttle of the future. But it’s important to note: London is not England, and England is not London. For their are other great cities that also share a resounding impact on both the country and all over the world. Take the north of England for example: a region that houses the great cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, to name a few.

north-england-4

the north certainly has an aesthetic in people’s minds, and this show attempts to unpick what that is by surveying the themes and tropes that appear again and again.

Over the span of the last 60 years, cities like Liverpool and Manchester have shook the world with the likes of The Beatles and The Smiths. With its musical influence, its only natural that this creativity also seeped into the worlds of fashion and visual culture. In a new show entitled, North: Identity, Photography and Fashion, SHOWstudio editor-at-large Lou Stoppard teams up with Preston is my Paris Co-founder Adam Murray in delivering a unique retrospective on the great North. Stoppard states to DAZED that “the north certainly has an aesthetic in people’s minds, and this show attempts to unpick what that is by surveying the themes and tropes that appear again and again.”

north-england-6

From the extraordinary graphic designs of Mancunian Peter Saville, to the sights and sounds of the Madchester movement, North: Identity, Photography and Fashion aims to pick out and answer why this northern aesthetic has influenced the likes of Designers Raf Simons and Virgil Abloh. The exhibition runs from January 6 to March 19, 2017 at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery.