Club to Catwalk
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London does an admirable job curating exhibitions devoted to fashion history, creating a context in which to study and investigate this often overlooked aspect of design. Their latest, which will launch later this summer in July, is Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, an exhibition that traces the influence of London’s vibrant club scene on emerging fashion designers during this tumultuous decade. While we may often look back on 1980s fashion with derision, the era witnessed a new theatricality in fashion design that helped redefine and reinvent the industry. The exhibition features more than 85 articles of clothing from a diverse range of designers including Vivian Westwood, Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and the always controversial John Galliano. Club to Catwalk will also include a club-like environment and a section devoted to the magazines that helped bring London club wear, and the work of the featured designers, to a wider, international audience. This show is not to be missed if you’re in London this summer.
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