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Sustainable fashion takes centre stage during after-hours event at the Science and Industry Museum

Fashion, sustainability, heritage and self-expression are coming together for a unique after-hours event at one of Manchester's best-loved museums.

On Thursday 21 March from 18.30–21.30, the Science and Industry Museum is encouraging visitors to journey through the past, present and future of fashion during a unique evening of entertainment. After Hours: Forward-Thinking Fashion will showcase sustainable self-expression, offer nifty thrifting tips and unpick Manchester's unique fashion history before showcasing its statement piece—a colourful cabaret catwalk.

In collaboration with Manchester-based women-led theatre company, So La Flair, the museum is hosting a haberdashery of live performances and demonstrations, pop-up clothes stalls and after-hours exploration, all with the aim of encouraging a greener fashion future.

The evening's showstopper will be The Fabric of Us, a sustainable fashion show by So La Flair and featuring performances from Night People, which celebrates Manchester's unique style. From 20.00–21.00, it will weave together catwalk performances, storytelling, archival footage and dance to showcase planet-friendly self-expression and a future where looking good doesn't cost the planet, people or pockets. The Fabric of Us will culminate in a high-energy cabaret catwalk performance celebrating the expression of individuality through what we wear and how we wear it. Expect fierce walks, dynamic dance numbers and an array of exciting pieces from designers specialising in upcycling, thrifting and accessible apparel.

The Fabric of Us will be curated and styled by fashion-forward thrift brand, Beg Steal & Borrow. They will also be hosting a pop-up market and offering a range of planet-friendly garments and slow fashion favourites to purchase on the night.

The Science and Industry Museum showcases ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond. Its Textiles Gallery tells the story of how Manchester is a city shaped by cotton. From the late 18th century, the manufacturing of textiles in new, machine-filled cotton mills transformed the town into a booming industrial centre, creating new patterns of life, generating great wealth for some, and shaping the city's growth. Visitors to the event can follow the thread of this story, even experiencing the sights and sounds of the mills for themselves during a thunderous demonstration of historic machinery in action. They can also explore the gallery's displays, which highlight how the innovation and profits that powered early industrial Manchester went hand in hand with exploitation on a local and a global scale.

Lucy Simpson, Events Producer at the Science and Industry Museum, said: 

'This is going to be a brilliant event and a real treat for anyone interested in sustainable style and forward-thinking fashion. We're delighted to have collaborated with So La Flair, Night People and Beg Steal & Borrow to curate a colourful, energetic evening full of sustainable fashion solutions.  

'Manchester has a long and innovative history of textiles. It's a core story we tell here at the museum, and how this growth into the world's first industrial city can only be understood in context of the exploitation that fuelled it. This event will give a great opportunity to reflect on this while looking forward towards a greener fashion future.'

Lucy Laverty, Artistic Director at So La Flair, said: 

'It is a joy to create something that honours Manchester's rich history and fashion identity. This show is going to be absolutely dripping in divine looks and adorned with fabulous performances as we celebrate Manchester's slow fashion scene. So, rummage through your wardrobe and don your fiercest attire, you are invited to Manchester’s hottest runway show.'

Event details

After Hours: Forward-Thinking Fashion will take place on Thursday 21 March from 18.30–21.30 at the Science and Industry Museum. Tickets are on sale now priced at £10 (£8 concessions). The event is open to over 18s only.

Tickets include access to:

•    Pop-Up Market – Open from 18.30–19.45  
•    Textiles Gallery and Machinery Demos From 18.30–20.00  
•    Revolution Manchester gallery Explore throughout the evening  
•    Sustainable Fashion Show – 20.00–21.00

Find out more and purchase a ticket online (www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/after-hours-forward-thinking-fashion). For information about further events at the museum, visit its website (www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk). 

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NOTES TO EDITORS    

For more information on the Science and Industry Museum, please contact communications manager, Alex Urmston, on 07741 103 790/ alex.urmston@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

ABOUT THE SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM

The Science and Industry Museum tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world.   

The museum's mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.   

The Science and Industry Museum site is on the site of the Liverpool Road Station terminus of the Liverpool Manchester Railway, the world's first purpose-built passenger railway. Among its internationally significant buildings are the world's first passenger railway station and the oldest existing railway goods warehouse. In total there are two Grade I listed buildings and four Grade II listed buildings on the site.  

The museum is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound regeneration project that will see brand new spaces opened and significant improvements made to some of its best-loved galleries.  

The Science and Industry Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.