Project Description

Wondering which fashion exhibitions to visit this summer? We’ve narrowed down the top five fashion exhibitions which we think are a must to visit.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
On now at the V&A Museum until 18th February 2018
This exhibition pays homage to the influential work of Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, through exploring the craftsmanship and legacy of his designs. Find out more about Balenciaga’s Spanish roots, which are mapped out in his designs inspired by Catholicism, bullfighting and flamenco. This exhibition is one not to miss out on! Discover Balenciaga collections from around the world which focus on extraordinary skill with over a 100 pieces crafted by the legend of couture himself.

Dresses Showcasing at Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Silk taffeta evening dress and X-ray photograph of silk taffeta evening dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Courtesy VAM

Diana Her Fashion Story
On now at Kensington Palace until 28th February 2018
This exhibition draws out the timeline of the Princess’s style, from couture to romantic outfits seen in her very first public appearances. Visitors have an exclusive opportunity to explore iconic collections from the Princess’s style, including the signature pale Pink Emanuel dress worn for Diana’s engagement portrait and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. Showcasing the Princess’s glamour, elegance and confidence through her wardrobe, this exhibition is one not to be missed!

Diana exhbition (sized)

Image Credits: Historic Royal Palace Press Office

The World of Anna Sui
On now at the Fashion and Textile museum until 1st October 2017
This exhibition is one to note down ! Shaping the fashion industry through her signature garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interior, this exhibition traces over 100 looks from the designer’s archive. Visitors are able to discover Sui’s incredible vision which are showcased through a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. This is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.

anna sui (sized)

Current Display at the Anna Sui Exhibition

Present Imperfect: Disorderly Apparel Reconfigured
On now at Fashion Space Gallery until 4th August 2017
This exhibition explores the idea of fashion through object, body, test and installation. Focussing on damaged, worn out and perished apparel, this exhibition transports visitors back into time through showcasing apparel worn during the Victorian era and apparel borrowed from the Rambert Archive. The purpose of this exhibition is to ‘highlight that within the evolution of any exhibition numerous choices and ideas are explored, rejected and chosen’.

Lace in Fashion at The Fashion Museum
Now on at Bath’s Fashion Museum until 1st January 2018
The most recent exhibition showcasing at Bath’s signature Fashion Museum focuses on lace and how it has shaped and structured the narrative of elegance since the 16th century. Exhibiting over 50 pieces, visitors are given an insight into lace pieces worn by celebrities and royalties throughout time.

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By  Sadiyah Ismailjee