Biological Atelier: The Showroom at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, preview: The future of fashion?

Suzy Prince

We preview designer Amy Congdon’s futuristic new exhibition, as the European City of Science comes to Manchester Craft & Design Centre.

Imagine a future where cosmetic surgery has been replaced by tissue-engineered skin, embellished with precious stones, and our bodies are capable of growing seasonal jewellery. And materials are no longer fashioned form fabrics but from cells. Is this science fiction, or could it be a real glimpse into the fashion houses of the future?

As part of the European City of Science celebrations, designer and researcher Amy Congdon is exploring just this with her Biological Atelier: The Showroom exhibition: looking at exactly how tissue engineering could be used to grow new biological textiles for the fashion industry. Her forthcoming exhibition at Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a showcase of some of the exquisite jewellery and skincare that she’s produced using future luxury and bespoke biological textiles.

Is this science fiction, or could it be a real glimpse into the fashion houses of the future?

It is fragile, beautiful and thought-provoking stuff, housed in one of Manchester’s most original and iconic venues: a former Victorian fish and poultry market which is now home to 18 independent studio shops, in addition to its exhibition space which specialises in showcasing crafters, designers and makers.

9 June – 28 August, with a free launch event on 9 June from 6-8pm with refreshments and live music from MCDC’s resident DJ Ailsa McLaggan of Living Room Dance Club.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Film festivals galore, samurai classics and the Greatest Film of All Time all feature in this month’s film guide.

Exhibitions

Spring weather might be dragging its feet a little, but the world of exhibitions isn’t slowing down with new shows popping up everywhere to greet the new season.

The Bull and the Moon at Instituto Cervantes

Families

With spring’s indecisive weather in mind, we’ve pulled together a whole load of fun indoor and outdoor family events and activities taking place in Manchester and the North.

Poet Helen Mort.

Literature

Spring is making an entrance in live literature land with some extra special festival events, writing walks, online launches and in real life readings from local writers as well as international talent.

Music

From Father John Misty to The Flaming Lips, The Waeve to Big Thief, here are the gigs on our radar for early spring.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

As an exciting new spring season of theatre launches, we share our top picks of performance happening now and over the next few months.

Classical Music

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Food and Drink

Get ready for spring and summer with the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

From indie markets to bit-sized meditation, spoon carving workshops to gallery tours, here are the headlines in the world of tours and activities.