Mannequins and matchstick men as art and fashion collide in Shrewsbury boutique

Some of the illustrations already in Pockets

Shop owners have joined forces with local art gallery The Soden Collection to highlight how art and fashion have influenced each other over the ages.

People are invited to visit the store and enjoy a glass of chilled champagne while viewing the five floors of menswear on display, as well as 20 original works of art, including paintings, sculptures, lithographs and photographs.

The work, worth several thousand pounds, includes an original lithograph of The Mill Scene signed by Lowry.

Interspersed with the fashion floors, the artwork also includes original work by Andy Warhol and several by his friend and pop-artist Keith Haring.

There are two works of surrealist art by Spanish artist Joan Miro as well as works by Gary Drew, a local artist from Wales who did graffiti and a mural for Severn Social.

Sophie Taylor, the 26-year-old store manager, said: “The artwork is intertwined with five floors of clothing and we hope Gary Drew will mingle with the guests.

“Art and fashion go hand in hand. As far back as history goes, art and fashion are luxury items and have influenced each other.

“The artist Andy Warhol was self-aware and decided he had to look good to represent his art.

“We think people will enjoy seeing the artwork through this collaboration with The Soden Collection, which is a contemporary art and sculpture gallery, at this exclusive in-store event.

“People will be able to view the artwork and even purchase the pieces, as well as find high-end fashion pieces to add to their wardrobe.”

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday.

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