Brief Encounter exhibition launch

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Exchange Yellow - Exchange Building, Penryn Campus, Penryn TR10 9FE

14th March 2018 from 5pm to 8pm




Please join the Fashion and Textiles Institute (FTI) for a screening of My Beautiful Laundrette 5-7pm and after for drinks 7-8pm in Exchange Yellow (up the stairs from the Library) to celebrate the launch of Brief Encounter an exhibition in the Exchange Building on the Penryn Campus.

My Beautiful Laundrette, captures themes within the exhibition, exploring fashion, sexuality, race, consumer and youth culture. The screening will take place in the Cinema in the School of Film and Television (SOFT), located downstairs from the SOFT entrance. Shown as part of FTIs Film Club Programme, which is open to the public for the first time. FTI staff will give a short talk about fashion within the film relating to the exhibition.

Brief Encounter is the first exhibition to be curated by students and staff of the Fashion and Textiles Institute as part of the Confluence Art Programme. Objects from the developing collection of the FTI Fashion Archive at Falmouth University will be presented. Brief Encounter features the highlights from an unusual but important collection gifted to the archive by one man. This is thought to be the largest collection of 20th-century male underwear in the UK and so represents a significant contribution to the material culture of male identity. For many years, this man collected items of underwear not to wear, but simply to own. It was the only way that he felt able to express his identity, coming from an older generation that was denied the freedoms now considered commonplace.

Works from third-year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Biria Carr will also be on display. He will be exhibiting his branded collection Paradise Garage which references historical gay fashion semiotics in contemporary clothing and underwear.


Brief Encounter launch event and exhibition, and the screening of My Beautiful Laundrette are open to the public. Brief Encounter continues until 29th of March.






Confluence Art Programme places contemporary art in the shared spaces, inside and outside on Campus in a series of public art exhibitions, events and installations.

Working with students, staff, local people and artists to engage audiences, Confluence aims to offer a platform for students and artists to work across academic disciplines to co-curate or exhibit.

Confluence Art Programme is funded by Falmouth and Exeter Universities through FXPlus and delivered on a continuing basis by Claire English. If you wish to be involved in any aspect of the programme please contact



Photography credited to Danielle Andrews First-Year BA (Hons) Photography student at Falmouth University