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Today's London Fashion Exhibitions

The London fashion exhibitions calendar is always full of fascinating things to see. Read more >

Why Fashion Exhibitions?

The never-ending balancing act between fashion as product and fashion as art is one of the most fascinating aspects of the fashion industry, and nothing highlights this more than the world of fashion exhibitions. In London, you're going to find some of the best in the world.

Fashion Events at The V&A

London's fashion exhibition calendar can seem dominated by some key institutions, and certainly the Victoria and Albert museum is one of the best places to start. Their 2015 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, following on from its showing in New York's Met Art Museum, has set the bar for every fashion exhibition since, and year after year they continue to produce some of the most detailed and fascinating fashion exhibitions - every one is a must see.

But if you just stick to the V&A then you'll miss out on some real gems too.

Dedicated Fashion Museums

London's Fashion & Textiles Museum is a vital part of London's fashion calendar. Its year-round programme is completely dedicated to the fashion and textile industry, and its shows are always fascinating, revealing new perspectives on the industry. Its recent Liberty in Fashion show was incredibly popular with critics and visitors alike.

Similarly the Fashion Space Gallery - a part of the London College of Fashion - has a regular programme of fascinating exhibitions, often looking at new technology or trends in the industry, quite often from LCF's graduates and alumni. Unlike many shows that may look at the history of the fashion industry, FSG's exhibitions are quite often future-looking, or cover topics related to recent trends and ideas.

Fashion Exhibitions at Other Museums

Great fashion exhibitions don't need to come from the dedicated museums and galleries, but can come from anywhere - and so the Chicmi team work very hard to keep the calendar up to date with fashion-related shows where-ever they might be. Whether its Mods, Moses and Mr Fish, exploring menswear at The Jewish Museum, or Vogue 100: A Century of Style, exploring the legacy of British Vogue at the National Portrait Gallery - these shows may be outside the regular fashion museum circuit, but they are no less exciting and stimulating.

Branded Fashion Exhibitions

If you love exploring fashion then you will also want to keep an eye out for exhibitions and retrospectives hosted by the brands themselves. The branded fashion exhibition is a fairly new phenomenon, but one that's really gaining traction - and whether it's a Gareth Pugh Retrospective or the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition, they can always provide a unique insight into the brands that are hosting them. Thankfully there's no shortage of these shows in London!

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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
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This exhibition will address the practicalities of underwear and its role in the fashionable wardrobe whilst highlighting its sensual, sexual appeal.
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You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70
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This major exhibition will examine the late 1960s as a moment when youth culture drove an optimistic idealism, and motivated people to come together to question the established power structures across every area of society.
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Fordlandia
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Fordlândia was built in the wilderness of the Amazon by American industrialist Henry Ford in the late 1920’s to secure a supply of rubber for his car empire.
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Stories in Stitch Exhibition
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Discover artworks and stories made from appliqué, stumpwork and raised embroidery at the Stories in Stitch exhibition from Royal School of Needlework.
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1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs
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The 1920s JAZZ AGE exhibition presents a glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929. Women’s clothing in the 1920s reflected dizzying social change on an unprecedented scale.
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Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery
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From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England enjoyed an international reputation for the quality of its luxury embroideries, often referred to as ‘Opus Anglicanum’ (English work).
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Caravaggio: Fashion & Fabrics
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Caravaggio: Fashion and Fabrics will present a variety of historic textiles alongside Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps.
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The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined
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Potent, provocative and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas and feelings in us all. The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined is the first exhibition to consider this inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of ta...
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UAL Creative Outlet Exhibition
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"University of the Arts London presents the Creative Outlet to showcase the work of its talented students and alumni.
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Hair by Sam McKnight
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This autumn, Somerset House is proud to present Hair by Sam McKnight, a major exhibition celebrating the master hairstylist’s remarkable 40 year career, from the late 1970s to the current day.
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What I Like: Molly Goddard
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"NOW Gallery’s second fashion commission will be by the bright star of the London fashion scene Molly Goddard. Goddard will create an interactive exhibition with oversized tulle dresses hung from the ceiling of NOW Gallery.
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Teller On Mapplethorpe
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"To coincide with what would have been the 70th Birthday of the iconic American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery has invited acclaimed UK-based German photographer Juergen Teller to curate an exhibition of Mapplethorpe's work...
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Shine 2016
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"Shine 2016 turns the spotlight on new talent in design and craft showcasing the best in jewellery, silver and the allied trades. This year’s exhibitors are all participants on the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s business incubation courses:
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