Fashion is an art. Why else would London be full of exhibitions in some of the top galleries such as The Wallace Collection and the V&A exploring the many different eras of fashion, specific designers and the history of the illustrious industry worth $2.5 trillion globally?
The Dior exhibition at the V&A sent London into a fashion frenzy, where interest in fashion showcases have since increased rapidly. If you’re looking for your fashion fix, visit the below must-see exhibitions of 2019-2020 and embrace your inner Anna Wintour.
The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2019
Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik has been a long-term fan of The Wallace Collection and has co-curated this exhibiton alongside the grand gallery/museum’s Director, Dr Xavier Bray. Explore the designer’s creative process and admire his work which is displayed next to the decadent paintings and furniture of The Wallace Collection. Extended to 27 October.
The V&A has curated the first international retrospective of iconic British designer Mary Quant in almost 50 years. With over 200 garments and accessories including unseen pieces from her archive, the exhibition will explore the years between 1955 and 1975 in which Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. One of Britain’s most influential designers, Quant is known for her bright, playful clothes, from the decade-defining mini skirt to vibrant tights, popularised by the likes of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Until 5 February 2020.
The Fashion and Textile Museum, which hosts regular temporary exhibitions, celebrates fifty years of Dame Zandra Rhodes who created her eponymous fashion house in 1969 and has since become one of the most famous London fashion labels. Using pattern, shapes, construction and a whole lot of colour, her collections have always been a distinctive source of creativity. Explore 100 of her most famous looks and find out the story behind a 50 year British design legacy. Until 26 January 2020.
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. Opens 25 April 2020.
Collaborations in fashion can be brilliant and are always a talking point. Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy, Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Shaun Leane and Alexander McQueen… in this exhibition curated by author, curator and broadcaster Lou Stoppard, explore the famous collaborations between 6 renowned design duos with photographs, sketches, garments and behind the scenes conversations recorded by Lou. Until 13 January 2020