Jo Cope: Clearly a Bag

24 Jan 2009 – 21 Mar 2009

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Jo Cope is a designer with a fashion background exploring radical new approaches to the relationship between clothes, accessories and the wearer. Previous clients range from Topshop to the V&A and this broad approach has kept her at the cutting edge of fashion and product design. This exhibition takes, as its starting point, the idea of the handbag. Luxury market fashion companies have two key products that generate the majority of their profits - fragrances and handbags. Cope has created a new design for the humble handbag that radically re-evaluates what it can look like. For The City Gallery, Cope has assembled 250 of her Perspex handbags into a large-scale installation, an inspired minimalist sculpture of the twentieth century. Cope suggests that the work inspires the viewer into ‘looking beyond what they already know, in order to see differently'.

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