Unveiling Fashion & Fine Art at The Beecroft Art Gallery

Published Friday, 27th October 2017

Slap Sole Shoe

How do you manage your self-image?

The Beecroft Art Gallery is unveiling Construction: Clothing, Image, Persona, a fascinating new fashion and fine art exhibition, showcasing clothing and accessories that we have used over time to define our sense of self.

Opening on 11 November, the exhibition aims to unpick over-sized collars and string up body-shaping corsets, to understand how we have historically chosen to present ourselves to our peers through the medium of fashion.

Raising important issues around self-image, the exhibition delves into the desire to promote one’s image as a source of positivity. A display of fine art portraits shows our persistent preoccupation with our self-image through history, which is echoed in the selfies we scatter across today’s social media.

Among the collection of local and international exhibits, sits a 1645 slap sole shoe, which has recently returned from its international tour in the Shoes; Pleasure and Pain exhibition at the V&A.

Also included are paintings from the Beecroft’s fine art collection that have not been on display before, one of which just last week featured on BBC4 ‘Britain’s lost masterpieces.’

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, said, “This exhibition gives the public an exciting opportunity to view paintings that have never been seen before. I am delighted that we have such an extensive collection of garments and accessories from both international tours and from local collectors. The pieces give a fascinating insight into how we as human beings show ourselves to the world, and I am thrilled that the museums and galleries in Southend-on-Sea are using them to raise issues that are as relevant today as they have clearly always been.”

The public are invited to visit Construction: Clothing, Image, Persona, which will be on display from 11 November 2017 to November 2018.