Mixing Art & Fashion | Fashion Exhibitions During LFW

14th February 2014
En-chia Tsai
CUT Mixing Art & Fashion | Fashion Exhibitions During LFW Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow: Burning Down The House, 1996, London © David LaChapelle Studio, Inc

London Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. While tickets to the catwalks are not open to everyone and the desire for fashion is yet to cease, a list of fashion-related exhibitions is compiled to fit your needs.

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Bodymap, A/W 1984, Cat in the hat takes a rumble with a techno fish, Model: Scarlett Cannon, 1985, © 1985 Monica Curtin

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

| Until 16 February 2014

Lycra pants, over-sized tees and form-fitting knits are coming out of the closet for the V&A’s fashion exhibition this summer, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s. Open until 16 February 2014, trends and tailoring of 80s fashion will be on full display, along with fashion fanzines of the time, exploring how underground club looks and catwalk couture came to be the legacy it is today. A series of bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade could be seen, including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. Read More

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Isabella Blow, 1997 © Mario Testino

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

|Until 2 March 2014

Somerset House will delve into fashion history with Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, a major exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of the late Isabella Blow. The exhibition showcases over a hundred pieces from her incredibly rich collection, one of the most important private collections of late 20th Century/early 21st Century British fashion design, now owned by Daphne Guinness. This includes garments from the many designer talents she discovered and launched, such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald amongst others. Read More


Fashion & Gardens
| Until 24 April 2014

Fashion & Gardens is the first exhibition to explore the relationship between fashion and garden design, from the age of Queen Elizabeth I to the catwalks of London Fashion Week 2014. The exhibition, curated by writer, historian and Garden Museum Trustee Nicola Shulman, will identify and celebrate the many links and correspondences between gardening and fashion design. The connection has existed for centuries, but this exhibition is the first attempt to make it articulate.

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Salvador Dali 'Number, Please?' textile from Wesley Simpson, c.1947

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

| Until 17 May 2014

This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.


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'Kate Moss' (2013) by David Bailey

Bailey’s Stardust

| Until 1 June 2014

With over 250 portraits personally picked by Bailey, this is set to be one of the Gallery’s largest scale exhibitions to date. As well as new work, this landmark exhibition includes a wide variety of Bailey’s photographs from a career that has spanned more than half a century, with an extraordinary range of subjects that he has captured: actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels. David Bailey has made an outstanding contribution to photography and the visual arts, creating consistently imaginative and thought-provoking portraits. Read More

Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith
| Until 22 June 2014

Step into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. The exhibition at London’s Design Museum will offer an exclusive insight into the majestic success of the Iconic fashion visionary Sir Paul Smith, and his globally recognised brand of the same name.  ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ examines the influences and inspiration behind Smith’s fashion designs and map out the possibilities for his future in the industry. Collections selected by Smith himself, alongside components of his personal archive, from the company’s humble origins to its resounding popularity today are showcased. Read More

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Britain’s biggest biannual consumer fashion showcase hosted by Somerset House— Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is opening from 20th to 23rd February. It is a chance to experience first-hand insider knowledge and style advice from London Fashion Week’s most famous British brands. Expect designer shopping, catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair & beauty and educational panels from leading industry experts. Tickets are available to purchase .