Barnsley Civic

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photograph of model wearing green and black Keith Haring inspired two-piece outfit

Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood

  • 5 September — 14 November 2015 *on now

This exhibition charts inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights of the exhibition include Knitwear designs by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald. An exciting combination of famous names and visually exciting pieces, the exhibition charts the influence of art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation.

Decade by decade, this incredible collection charts over 100 years of knitwear history. It is the first exhibition of its kind to explore not only key designers but also technical innovations in hand, machine and industrial knitting. Knitwear in fashion is often taken for granted, but this exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate knitwear centre stage and to inspire future design directions.


Yorkshire Fashion Archive

  • 5 September — 14 November 2015 *on now

Based in the School of Design and underpinned by research excellence in textiles at the University of Leeds, the Yorkshire Fashion Archive is a publically accessible collection of haute couture, fashion garments and everyday clothing. It provides a unique historical and cultural record of Yorkshire life and documents clothing produced, purchased and worn by Yorkshire folk throughout the 20th Century. The collection reflects changing social attitudes and multi-cultural influences, economic prosperity, global trends and the regional technical excellence in textiles and clothing over a 100 year period.

Many of the garments have been donated with accompanying photographic images, information and anecdotes concerning the piece itself, the wearer or the situations in which they were worn. As we progress further into the 21st century, it is imperative that we continue to gather evidence of Yorkshire history from this new perspective before the voices are lost forever.


The RPS Members Biennial 2015

  • 21 November 2015 — 16 January 2016

The Royal Photographic Society has a rich and diverse heritage. It was founded in 1853, to promote the art and science of photography, and is still a leading voice in the world of photography today.

It is an educational charity with a worldwide membership of over 11,000. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in photography. The Society has been staging photographic exhibitions almost every year since it was formed, with its open International Print Exhibition entering its 158th year in 2015.

The International Members’ Print Exhibition is exclusively for members of The Society and takes place every two years. For the 2015 exhibition Nearly 3,300 images were submitted from RPS members worldwide, and the selectors had the difficult task of selecting just 100 for the exhibition.

Encouraging entries across all genres and styles of photography, including art and science based work, the Exhibition aims to represent members' interests within photography, which is broad in both style and subject.


Barnsley Civic
Hanson Street
South Yorkshire
S70 2HZ




01226 327 000

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