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CITY – FASHION – MACHINE at Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa

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An exhibition exploring the relationship between Łódź, its people, and fashion

Łódź is an industrial city, renowned for the production of textiles and fashion. These artefacts, and the role they play in the economy of the city, are also deeply linked to the daily life of its inhabitants. The exploration of the relationship between fashion objects and people is at the basis of the narration of CITY – FASHION – MACHINE, the new exhibition at Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa / Central Museum of Textiles 

As the title suggests, The exhibition develops around three interrelated themes, each taking up  a different floor of the museum space.

The first part is dedicated to textile machines, evoking the technological chain of processing raw materials such as wool, cotton, and linen.

The second section is dedicated to the evolution of the city, and takes the visitors on a journey to Łódź, highlighting its growth and changes over time, also through the daily life of citizens in habits and social issues.

The last section is dedicated to fashion in all its forms. This floor is set up as Piotrkowska Street, the longest walkway in town (and one of the longest commercial streets in Europe!), where brands such as Telimena, Nestor, Moda Polska and Hoffland, coexist with clothes made at home or designed by students of the Public Academy of Arts. The Public Academy of Arts opened its Faculty of Textiles in 1946 and since then it has continued to educate young textile and fashion designers, contributing to enhance the creativity in the existing factories.