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Grayson Perry at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery.

Images by Gareth Jones
Grayson Perry at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery. Images by Gareth Jones
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This Award-Winning Male Artist's Female Alter Ego Is Putting on An Exhibition 

Picture of India Irving
Social Media Editor
Updated: 3 November 2017
British artist Grayson Perry is perhaps just as well known for his incredible ceramic and tapestry art as for his cross-dressing. A proud reminder of how important it is for everyone to freely be who they feel they are, his alter-ego Claire has been a part of his life since he was 15. Claire is a fierce dresser to say the least, and the public will finally have an opportunity to get up close and personal with her wardrobe.

On 4th November, an exciting exhibition will launch at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, UK. Making Himself Claire: Grayson Perry’s Dresses, will present 12 of the artist’s most intricate dresses to the public for the first time.

Grayson Perry at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery.Images by Gareth Jones
Grayson Perry at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery. Image and | © Gareth Jones. Courtesy of Liverpool Museums.

A highlight of the show will be Claire’s infamous Little Bo Peep dress, which the artist wore to accept the Turner Prize in 2003.

Many of the dresses on view have been designed by students at UAL Central St Martins, whose fashion and art programmes are some of the most illustrious in the country. Perry actually judges an annual competition at the university where students are invited to submit dress designs for him. He tends to then buy up to 20 of them so it’s really a fantastic opportunity for the young creatives.

Grayson Perry at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery.Images by Gareth Jones
Grayson Perry at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery. Image and | ©Gareth Jones. Courtesy of Liverpool Museums.
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Grayson Perry inspired fashion | © Regine Debate / Flickr

Promoting bold creativity, Perry explains, ‘I encourage them to make the dresses as bizarre and exciting as they can.’

Similar to Perry’s own artwork, the dresses in the exhibition explore complex themes including class and identity issues, sexuality, religion and politics.

Senior curator of Decorative Arts at National Museum’s Liverpool shares of the upcoming show: ‘We’re sure that visitors will love seeing the dresses up-close and examining the detail represented.’

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Grayson Perry | © dou_ble_you / Flickr

Fans of both fashion and art, as well as supporters of owning your own uniqueness, will find something to love in this exhibition, and see some of the most creative dresses ever to be worn in contemporary society.