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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Exhibitions Today

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Kenzo Exhibition: Gidi gidi bu ugwu eze
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In this unique art project, artists Ruth Ossai and Akinola Davies Jr showcased Kenzo's Summer 2017 collection within the Igbo communities of Nigeria, during a festive season where the young women of Nsukka support one another to develop a stage for s...
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Bloomin’ Jewels
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This selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery.
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Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design
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"‘Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design’ celebrates over 40 years of colourful design and unique expression by the Swedish designer and textile artist.
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Festival of Textiles 2017
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"Discover textile history, tradition, design and making at our spring series of displays, talks and workshops.
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De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form
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"The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to present De Vroomen:
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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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Diana: Her Fashion Story
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Explore Princess Diana's fashion journey at this Kensington Palance exhibition!
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Josef Frank: Patterns, Furniture, Painting
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"Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles.
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Full Circle & Recycle: 21st Century Swedish Textiles
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"Tom Hedqvist, a founding member of the Swedish design collective 10-gruppen (formed 1970), curates the work of ten textile designers who represent 21st century Swedish design.
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Exhibitions This Week

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Cesca Dvorak: Dewy Guises
Opens Friday
"Cesca Dvorak presents an installation of clothing, masks and ritual implements, created for an imagined community. Among its characters are those who heal, amuse, and who give spiritual guidance.
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Exhibitions This Month

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Present Imperfect: Disorderly Apparel Reconfigured
Opens 12 May 2017
"A playful project that tests the principal elements of exhibiting fashion: object, body, text, installation. A conversation between exhibition-maker Jeffrey Horsley and curator Amy de la Haye inspired by apparel which is damaged, worn-out or perish...
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The World of Anna Sui
Opens 26 May 2017
"Anna Sui is the classic American fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, her signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation.
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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Opens 27 May 2017
Exploring the life, art and legacy of celebrated fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, this major exhibition from the V&A will feature over 100 garments and 20 hats, including some items from the museum's permanent collection that have never been di...
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