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‘Girl Power’ on show in Spice Girls exhibition

FROM colorful platform boots to bed linen emblazoned with the faces of Posh, Scary, Sporty, Baby and Ginger, an array of Spice Girls memorabilia goes on show in a London exhibition dedicated to the famed girl band.

Spice Girls fan Alan Smith-Allison has gathered hundreds of the group’s stage costumes and pieces of merchandise he has collected since the 1990s and put them on display alongside other items on loan for “SPICEUP.”

On show are “Girl Power” tops, Melanie Brown’s animal print outfits and Geri Horner’s (then Halliwell) Union Jack platform boots as well as Spice Girl-themed biscuit boxes, dolls and crisps packets.

“It needs to be out on show for fans to come and appreciate it and there are millions and millions of Spice Girls fans around the world that would love to see them,” said Smith-Allison.

The 37-year-old said he became a Spice Girls fan when the group’s “Wannabe” debut single stormed the charts in 1996.

He began collecting CDs and videos and bought his first Spice Girls costume in 2007 when Melanie Brown, known as Scary Spice, hosted a charity sale.

Soon other purchases followed and Smith-Allison built up a collection. “(The collection) comes straight from the start, from the beginning, when these five girls came onto the pop music scene with just five incredible personalities, in your face, a lot of fun, a lot of kind of messages that can resonate,” he said.

The Spice Girls went on to sell more than 80 million records worldwide, winning legions of fans with their catchy tunes and messages of “Girl Power.”

In 2000 they said would be going on an indefinite break and would focus on their solo careers.

Brown told a television talk show the group had agreed to a reunion, saying: “For sure we are getting back together.”

They performed together at the 2012 London Olympics and the exhibition has on-loan the red dress Geri wore for that. Smith-Allison said he hopes to one day own all the outfits worn for that performance.

“They’re my kind of dream now, but I don’t think the girls will ever part with them,” he said.

The exhibition runs in London until August 20 then moves to Manchester.


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