The North Is Centre Stage At This New Exhibition

A good a reason as any to take a weekend trip to Liverpool.

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We can be a touch London-centric at ELLE, because that's where we all live at the moment (sorry about that). But we're certainly not ignorant of the many cultural delights available up and down the country.

For example, this new exhibition in Liverpool is an absolute must-visit.

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Then take yourself to the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool for the refreshing North: Identity, Photography, Fashion exhibition.

The exhibition takes a look at how the Northern cities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have inspired youth culture globally.

The gallery's website says of the exhibition, 'On display, work by international designers shows the far-reaching relevance of North-inspired motifs and their appeal to audiences who may never have set foot in the region but feel a connection through music, graphics or style.'

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An example of this is when Raf Simons, from Antwerp, famously put Peter Saville's Joy Division artwork on the back of his 2003 parkas.

These distinctly Northern garments are now worth in the region of £15k.

The gallery holds also holds work from Northern natives such as Ewen Spencer, Elaine Constantine and Alasdair McLellan.

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The exhibition has been two years in the making and was curated by academic Adam Murray and Journalist Lou Stoppard.

It was two years ago George Osborne was promising great things for the North of England, since then, we haven't heard much in the way of that tune.

Stoppard said this to The Independent, 'In many ways this show does feel timely, in part due to the climate of the country right now – there's a focus on regional divides, splits in ideas and lifestyle We conceived the exhibition idea long before Brexit ... but that has increased our drive to look beyond the capital.

You realise how huge areas of the UK can be overlooked and 'othered''

Indeed, the potentially marginalised region is referenced again and again.

Take, for example, Tim Walker's 'Angel of the North' Vogue story catapulted Agness Deyn to fame.

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Or Gosha Rubchinskiy's SS17 collection which starred Fila tracksuits galore.

So make the trip for a heavy dosage of culture and fashion.

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