5 Must-See London Fashion Exhibitions

Satisfy your stylish tooth with these upcoming fashion exhibitions


1 Super Sharp, Fashion Space Gallery
1 February – 21 April 2018


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The underground music scenes of the 1990s meet Italian designer brands at this vibrant exhibition. Super Sharp aims to explore the appropriation of brands such as Versace, Moschino, Iceberg and D&G during their reign over dance floors in the 90s.

By combining music, artist testimonials and the original garments, this interesting exhibition reveals why high-end Italian labels were so important to the cultural and style history of both the jungle and UK garage genres.

When: Now until 21 April 2018
Where: London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street W1G 0BJ
Cost: Free to attend


2 Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern, Fashion and Textile Museum
25 May – 23 September 2018 


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It’s no secret that Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. You can spot her innovative graphic patterns anywhere – and they come with an avid cult following. This exhibition aims to explore how decoration has the power to transform the way we feel, and why Orla’s designs influence us.

Explore the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives through over 150 patterns and products, as well as her collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects.

With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world.

When: 25 May – 23 September 2018
Where:  83 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF
Cost: £9.90 per adult. Read more here.


3 Fashioned from Nature, The V&A
21 April 2018 – 27 Jan 2019


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At this exciting V&A must-see, the world of fashionable dress and nature will collide, inviting you to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

The relationship between fashion and the natural world will examine work from a range of designers. 300 objects will go on display, including sustainably-produced outfits by Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, and a Calvin Klein red carpet dress made from recycled plastic bottles – which was famously worn by actress Emma Watson at the 2016 Met Gala.

When: 21 April 2018 – 27 Jan 2019
Where: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2
Cost: £12 per adult. Find out more here.


4 Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, The Design Museum
10 May – 7 October 2018


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Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, this unique  exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand . He refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines and instead, chose to work to his own schedule. This collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.

Explore over 60 garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and span from the very early days until his most recent 2017 collection.

When: 10 May – 7 October 2
Where: 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG
Cost: £16 per person. Find out more here.


5 Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
16th June – 4th November 2018


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If you’re a creative soul, don’t miss this one. The Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s famously vibrant wardrobe.

Kahlo, one of the most innovative and influential painters of the 20th century, is widely considered a style icon thanks to her eclectic taste and love for colour, print and hauls of jewellery.

For the first time outside of Mexico, visitors will be able to see the the artist’s personal items, including necklaces, photographs and letters.

Her work and her personal style were frequently intertwined, as evidenced in paintings such as My Dress Hangs There (1933) and The Love Embrace (1943). Both of these paintings will also be on show to admire.

When: 16th June – 4th November 2018
Where: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2
Cost: Ticket price will be announced soon.

 

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