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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
Ends this Sunday
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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Stories in Stitch Exhibition
On now
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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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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Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams
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"An exhibition of traditional embroidered textiles from the lands of the Indus, Afghanistan, the Near East and Central Asia.
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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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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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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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Transfashional Lab
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"Ahead of London Fashion Week the Austrian Cultural Forum (ACF) London presents an exhibition exploring the intersection between fashion and art.
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LCFMA17: Found in Translation
Ends this Sunday
"Found in Translation is an exciting interactive exhibition and series of related events to celebrate a new generation of graduate MA communicators working across print, screen, sound and experiential media.
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Alasdair McLellan for Margaret Howell
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"Alasdair McLellan selects over 40 photographs from an early campaign in 2004 and those taken between 2011 – 2017. The photographs were shot on location in Britain for the Margaret Howell seasonal brochures and advertising imagery.
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Exhibitions This Week

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Diana: Her Fashion Story
Opens this Friday
We're already looking forward to exploring Princess Diana's fashion journey at this Kensington Palance exhibition!
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