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The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2020: What’s Gone Virtual?

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The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2020: What’s Gone Virtual?

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“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” - Diana Vreeland

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Fashion is an art. Why else would London’s top galleries explore the many different eras, designers and history of such an illustrious industry worth $2.4 trillion globally?

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many have sadly been closed and postponed, whilst some are available to view online; let us keep you updated with our guide to the most highly anticipated fashion exhibitions of 2020.

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The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2020 

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    Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams – View the Curation Online

    If you didn’t get the chance to visit the spectacular Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A last summer, you can now experience the enchanting showcase from home. Dior has released an hour-long film available to watch for free via YouTube detailing the curation of the retrospective hosted at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, from the elaborate dress tailoring to the comprehensive exhibition construction and glamorous opening night (attended by the likes of Karlie Kloss and Jennifer Lawrence). Watch now via the Christian Dior YouTube channel.

    Image: © Adrien-Dirand

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    Bags! at the V&A – Postponed

    Do you often get teased about your ridiculously large bag collection? Well, prepare to rub this in everybody’s faces: bags are important, says the V&A who is staging a whole exhibition about the accessory. From luggage to boxes, rucksacks to handbags, the V&A will explore the history of the bag with a showcase of 300 bag-related items and artefacts dating from the 16th century onwards. Now scheduled to open in September 2020.

    Featured image: Model with Lait de Coco Evening Bag, Karl Lagerfeld, 2014. Photo by Jason Lloyd Evans


  • Alexander McQueen Roses

    Alexander McQueen: Roses – Temporarily Closed

    Alexander McQueen has been a fashion house synonymous with trailblazing design and extraordinary flights of the imagination since its inception. The rose-themed exhibition at the flagship McQueen store explores the brand’s lasting connection with flower symbolism through spectacular pieces from collections past and present. The swirling red rose dress, the finale for A/W19, is a centrepiece, as is the Sarabande dress, created by Lee McQueen for summer 2007, which was once filled with fresh flowers. Alexander McQueen, 27 Old Bond Street, London – the store is temporarily closed.

  • Fashion & Textile Museum

    Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture

    It was the mid 60s, and a small number of Chelsea boutiques reigned supreme, sparking a fashion revolution which, along with popular music, fuelled the cesspool of creativity and experimentation that came to define the decade. See fantastical pieces worn by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix in this exhibition, which features rare pieces from the iconic stores and designers like Ossie Clark, Biba and Thea Porter. 2 October 2020 – 17 January 2021. The Fashion and Textile Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.

  • Prada

    Prada: Front and Back

    You won’t want to miss this one: the first major exhibition dedicated to the iconic fashion house at the Design Museum is likely to be the talk of the town. Showcasing some of the brand’s iconic pieces, it offers visitors a look into Prada’s creative approach, inspirations and landmark collaborations (most recently with Adidas). Future-focused while paying homage to the house’s rich history, the exhibition explores the idea of front and back – the surface of fashion and the creative and industrial infrastructure it is backed by. Opens September 2020

  • Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

    Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk – View a Curator Tour Online

    An entire exhibition dedicated to the kimono? We’re officially intrigued. From 17th Century Japanese garments to original Star Wars costumes and designs from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, explore the evolution of the Kimono and its progressional role within the world of haute couture. If you can’t wait for a glimpse of the exhibition, a five-part behind-the-scenes curator tour is now available to watch via the V&A’s YouTube channelOpened 29 February – 21 June 2020

  • Simon Procter

    Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows at Four Seasons – Temporarily Closed

    See Simon Procter’s Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows come to life at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square in a spectacular retrospective of works dedicated to the iconic designer. Read the full story here. Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is temporarily closed.

  • Shoephoria!

    Shoephoria! – Closed Until Further Notice

    As 2020 marks the Year of the Shoe at the Fashion Museum Bath, it seems only fitting that the gallery hosts an exhibition dedicated to all things footwear. Launching this March, Shoephoria! will showcase a 100-piece collection of pairs of shoes and boots, exploring the fascinating history of shoemaking. From 17th Century red velvet mules to a pair of Russian boots worn by artist and aristocrat Lady Ottoline Morrell, the unique exhibition will take spectators on a journey through time, from footwear designed for royalty to modern-day Converse and Nikes. Due to open 28 March 2020 

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