Mel B ‘honoured’ as girl power makes a comeback in Leeds

Caption: Items worn by Mel B (top), Emma Bunton (middle) and a diamond-studded Chopard watch worn by Victoria Beckham will all be on display (Photography by Ben Barker courtesy of www.designersfront.com)

The new exhibition devoted to the Spice Girls which begins at Leeds City Museum this week has been given a special seal of approval – by Leeds’ own Mel B herself.

Melanie Brown, who attended Intake High School (now Leeds West Academy) in Bramley before shooting to global stardom as Scary Spice in the most successful girl band of all time, has spoken of her pride about the new exhibition devoted to the group which opens to the public on Friday (28 January).

Speaking from her home in Los Angeles, Spice Girl Mel B said:

“I'm very excited that this Spice Girls exhibition is showing in my hometown of Leeds. It makes me even more grateful that not only people around the world, but the people of Leeds, are still showing so much support for the Spice Girls.

“I really hope that everyone will like this exhibition. It is truly an honour to have such an extensive collection of our past be brought out for everyone to enjoy."

Running until July, ‘Spiceworld: The exhibition’ which is free to enter celebrates the success of the Spice Girls as well as examining what it takes to be a modern celebrity.

The basis for the exhibition is the extraordinary collection of Yorkshire’s Liz West, who is the foremost collector of official Spice Girls memorabilia and merchandise in the country with almost 4,000 items of all kinds devoted to the band.

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All media are invited to a special preview tour of the Spiceworld exhibition at Leeds City Museum at 3pm on Thursday 27 January. Collector Liz West will lead the tour and will be available for interviews. Leeds City Museum is located off Millennium Square, LS2 8BH.

Liz started her collection by buying two copies of the band’s single ‘Spice Up Your Life’ at the age of 12 in 1997, so beginning an obsession which 14 years later has resulted in a huge range of Spice Girls items including outfits worn by the band, accessories, platinum discs, books, magazines and dolls being sourced from all over the world.

The exhibition at Leeds City Museum off Millennium Square will be the first time Liz’s collection has ever been on display in its entirety in public.

Among the items on show will be the iconic Union Jack boots worn by Geri Halliwell in the group’s first-ever live concert in Istanbul, Emma Bunton’s blue sequin dress from the band’s memorable performance at the 1997 Brit Awards (where Geri made her show-stealing appearance in the Union Jack dress) and Mel B’s trademark giraffe print catsuit complete with ‘Mel B’ crystal-studded belt.

Other items include outfits worn by Emma, Geri and Mel B on their ‘Spiceworld’ tour, a gold and diamond-studded Chopard watch worn by Victoria, the director’s script from ‘Spiceworld: The Movie’ and the multi-platinum CD the band were awarded for selling over four million copies of the album ‘Spice’ in America in 1997.

Spice Girls memorabilia collector Liz West said:

“I’m very excited about the Spice Girls exhibition taking place at Leeds City Museum and am looking forward to seeing the public's reaction to it. It will be a great experience for all the family - there will be something to appeal to everyone."

Leeds City Museum curator of exhibitions Helen Langwick said:
“We are really excited about the Spiceworld exhibition starting at Leeds City Museum this week and it is fantastic to have the support of our own Mel B for it.

“The exhibition is free so is the perfect way for all Spice Girls fans to see this amazing collection all together for the first time and for people of all ages to take a trip down memory lane to the recent past.”

Spiceworld: The exhibition will run at Leeds City Museum from Friday 28 January to Sunday 3 July. Admission will be free.

For further information on Leeds City Museum, visit the website at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum/

Notes to editors:
The Spice Girls are Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham (née Adams) who quickly became known by the nicknames Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Posh.

Following the impact of debut single ‘Wannabe’ which topped the charts in 31 countries in 1996, the Spice Girls enjoyed phenomenal success selling over 80 million records worldwide, having nine UK number one singles, starring in their own feature film and creating the ‘girl power’ mantra which is credited with inspiring a generation of girls and women to achieve.


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Roger Boyde, Leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk