Programme 2023

C.P. Library

In association with C.P. Company, the Westminster Menswear Archive presented an archive selection celebrating the brand’s 50th anniversary with a display in Darwen Library.

A series of cabinets presented a range of artefacts from across the decades from C.P. Company. These included early examples of the brands knitwear and outerwear with accompanying press books. Another cabinet explored the various technical accessories that were integral to the garments from the Urban Protection range from the late 1990s. Finally, there was a display of 12 issues of the iconic C.P. Company magazine that was first published in 1985 and pioneered a new approach to fashion marketing as it exclusively contained the brand’s seasonal promotion material presented as a men’s fashion magazine.

Alongside the exhibition there was also a selection of paintings on display by local artist Adil Amin who paints young Asian males wearing C.P. Company, as well as a series of images from the Portrait Youth project