Must-see Fashion Exhibitions of 2016
Previous year will be remembered for the Savage Beauty exhibition of Alexander McQueen’s creations at the V&A, which was the most popular show ever staged at the Victoria and Albert museum, with more than 480,000 tickets sold (the exhibition costed £3m to stage!). 2016 is going to be another year of fabulous fashion exhibitions, read about some of the best ones we have picked for you.
Must-see Fashion Exhibitions of 2016:
Art Textiles: Marian Clayden
An exhibition of luxurious art textiles celebrates the influence of a British-born artist Marian Clayden, who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States. Included are her silk wall hangings, oozing with 1970s appeal, plus a small selection of her surprising hand-made structural works using donkey straps and ropes.
Until 17 April 2016, Fashion and Textile Museum
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, Condé Nast’s world-famous magazine British Vogue has a lot of archives to show. This fashion exhibition features nearly 300 prints from their collection with images from some of the best photographers in the business. The exhibition provides a unique perspective on cultural changes as they were reflected in its pages.
Until 22 May, 2016, National Portrait Gallery
Curtain Up: 40 Years of Theatre in London
Curtain Up explores the history of costume in London’s West End and New York’s Broadway, as well as the creative processes behind the performances. Must-see for those with an interest in costume design and historical outfits.
Until 31 August 2016, The V&A
Fashion Rules: Restyled
Featuring a luxurious display of dresses from the wardrobes of queens and princesses, the exhibition explores four decades of fashion and major changes in taste and style over the years. The exhibition features signature clothing by designers such as Marc Bohan, Zandra Rhodes and Bruce Oldfield, and it is free to visit as part of the entry ticket to Kensington Palace.
Until 4 January 2017, Kensington Palace
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
‘Discover the secrets that lie beneath fashion at Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. From supporting and shaping the body in line with the latest fashion, to its sensual appeal, the exhibition looks at the changing roles and practicalities of underwear through the centuries. On display are more than 200 men and women’s garments and accessories, as well as photographs, films, packaging and fashion plates. An essential part of any wardrobe, underwear helps us to understand the changing ideals of beauty and body through history’. Definitely one of the most talked-about fashion exhibitions of this year!
16 April 2016 – 12 March 2017, The V&A
Legendary British accessory designer and stylist Judy Blame will have his first-ever solo show at The ICA. This exhibition will trace the rebel’s make-do-and-mend aesthetic from the punk movement of the 70s to the 80s club scene, acknowledging him as one of the most influential designers today.
29 June–12 September 2016, The ICA
Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe
Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday with a look at her sense of style over the decades. This will be the largest ever exhibit of the Queen’s outfits that have marked her private life and the official events she attended, from childhood to the present day.
1 August, 2016 – 4 january 2017, Buckingham Palace