JUN 00] HERBERT ART GALLERY & MUSEUM NEWS
Coventry Kids Make Fashion Statements
Coventry people’s views of fashion have gone on display as history
comes up to date at the Herbert Art Gallery.
project, called Street Style, aimed to collect and record contemporary
fashions worn by people in Coventry aged between 15 and 25.
Museum already has a large and important collection of historic
costume, dating from around 1800.
most of this consists of garments which would have been worn by the
wealthier members of society and the collection includes very little
which dates from after 1970.
Street Style project is a way of bringing the collection up to date
and, for the first time, concentrating on young people's street
will also act as a record for future generations of what people were
wearing in the year 2000.
project has been carried out by Stella Wisdom, who has been on a work
placement with the Museum as part of her Museum Studies course at
comes from Coventry and has made contact with college students and
youth groups across the city.
has led to the project reflecting a wide range of styles from the more
conventional 'trendy' look to the slightly more 'way out', including
goths, skaters and cyber-punks.
exhibition, which is part of the Godiva City display, includes
interviews which are available for visitors to listen to and
are also garments for the museum's collection, including a denim
corset, a pink snakeskin-effect top and sandals, Nike trainers, a Ben
Sherman shirt, a tongue stud and belly button barbell
of the items featured will eventually become part of a new exhibition
called Coventry Lives, which will tell the story of the city in the
20th century using interviews with Coventry people of all generations.
Joan Wright, Cabinet Member for Cultural and Leisure Services, said:
believe that it is really important to ensure that exhibitions,
events and activities in the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum appeal
to people of all generations and backgrounds in the City.
are currently running a series of tea dances that are attended
mostly by older people in conjunction with our 'Go To It!'
Street Style project is part of our work with younger people.
It will bring the history of the city as told by the museum
right up to date."