Last Thursday evening I popped along to The National Football Museum in Manchester (Urbis Building) to be one of the first to see the opening of 'Strike a Pose - Fifty Years of Football & Fashion' a new exhibition showcasing all that football has done for fashion. And what do you know, it's quite a flippin lot! Being a girl not too bothered about football I wasn't sure what I'd get out of this exhibition - but I found myself enjoying the outfits on display and reading little snippets of information on how footballers became so fashion conscious. Before the George Best (Manchester United) era the two subjects weren't really connected.
Many of the outfits on show were donated from players themselves, others were replicas. David Beckham's pants were even on show! (not his real ones I might add.)
From the 70s wild shirts to the ridiculous 'hand hats' (Mario Balotelli) of today the exhibition shows how fashion has changed throughout the years with some really fantastic pieces on display.
And of course, the WAGs fashion sense could not go without a mention! That orange bodycon dress at the end there is an exact copy of Victoria Beckham's.
A few footballers themselves made an appearance including Sol Campbell who gave an opening speech on the night and Shay Given and his wife Jane Cunningham were there to promote their charity 'Fashion Kicks' and by putting on an annual catwalk show in Manchester for the rich and famous they have raised over 1 million pounds for people affected by cancer. I managed to get a few sneaky photos as Jane's dress was beautiful!
What I loved the most about the exhibition was the selection of portraits shown on the walls. Beautiful stunning black and white prints of famous footballers throughout time lined the walls of the gallery and were a pleasure to gaze at. I'll be going back just to look at these again!
This section of the exhibition features a white curved wall filled with quotes and memories and stuck right in the middle is a pole covered with 'pitch' grass!
The exhibition will run until 27th August l this year and it's free entry! If you're in the Manchester area I recommend popping along for half an hour to check out the clothes and images on display. It was also really great to see where Manchester Fashion Week will be taking place at the end of April as I haven't visited Urbis for quite a few years. Exciting!