London is the culture capital of the world; there is so much to see and do, and there is always something new being thrown into the mix. We have some of the best galleries and museums that could keep you entertained for a lifetime.
Going to visit an exhibition is the best way to give yourself some fashion inspiration, which is perfect if you’re a sample sale shopper at The Music Room – Keep an eye on our website for loads of exciting events coming up.
If you’re a London local or planning a trip and need some ideas, here are our favourite fashion exhibitions going down in London town this Summer.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Until 1st September 2019
‘Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain’
The V&A has put together the largest retrospective of Dior’s work to date; featuring iconic designs such as the fashion houses infamous ‘New Look’ pieces along with Princess Margaret’s Birthday dress. The exhibition also provides an overview on each designer that has directed the house since Christian Dior’s death including – Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. This is the big fashion event of the year and will have something for everyone to enjoy.
Look out for: John Galliano’s famed designs that revived the house and bought the brand it’s most defining era.
The V&A Museum
Until Sunday 16th February 2020
‘From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. A riot of rebellion, vigour and youthful energetic fashion’.
Another offering this summer from the V&A is ‘Mary Quant’, which will provide an in depth look at a corner stone of British fashion. Mary Quant spearheaded a fashion revolution that came with the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and provided freedom of expression and liberation for women. Featuring the entire range that gave Quant her name including makeup, clothing and accessories, plus a look at never before seen pieces from the designer’s personal collection. Perfect to take your Mum to!
Look out for: Anything Twiggy.
An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik
The Wallace Collection
Until 1st September 2019
‘Blahnik has worked closely with the curators to select masterpieces from his archive which help lead the visitor on an inspiring journey of inquiry’
The exhibition comprises of a personally selected edit of shoes from Manolo Blahnik himself from the designers personal archives which will be set amongst the masterpieces of The Wallace Collection. The juxtaposition of historical pieces mixed with those of a contemporary fashion icon makes for an immersive experience. And it’s free!
Look out for: The Marie Antoinette shoes worn in the 2006 Sofia Coppola movie, shown alongside ‘The Swing’ by Jean-Honore Fragonard.
Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous
The Fashion & Textile Museum
From 27th September 2019
‘Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London’
Bold, quirky and flamboyant – Zandra Rhodes has long been a heady influence on the world of fashion. Before there was Ashish, Shrimps, or even Vivienne Westwood, Zandra was the loud and proud darling of British design. Now 80 and five decades into her career, the Fashion & Textile Museum will stage the largest ever homage to the designer. The retrospective will highlight 100 key looks along with 50 original textiles. This is the must see exhibition for anyone interested in the alternative side of fashion.
Look out for: Original design concepts that may have inspired the designer’s upcoming Ikea collaboration.
Tim Walker – Wonderful Things
The V&A Museum
From 21st September
‘Experience the extraordinary creative process of one of the world’s most inventive photographers through his pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations’
Tim Walker is a powerhouse of fashion photography who has regularly shot for Vogue, W and i-D Magazine along with having an important working relationship with Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington. Walker’s photography is all about fantasy, creating ethereal worlds with unique details, he surely has one of the most distinctive styles in fashion – it’s likely you will have seen his work before. The exhibition will feature important works from the photographer’s career that most communicate his eccentric vision along with 10 new works influenced by The Victoria & Albert Museum collections. If you’re a creative soul in need of some inspiration this is a must visit!
Look out for: Tilda Swinton as a subject for one of Walkers new works who plays an almost unrecognisable character.
Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show
Until 2nd August 2019
‘Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and as funny as ever, fashion’s enfant terrible presents his new creation: part revue, part catwalk show.’
More theatre than exhibition, this is the most interactive presentation you’ll visit this Summer. Debuting new designs along with some of Gaultier’s most iconic looks and captivating performances from circus performers, dancers and actors in order to create a sumptuous and vibrant world for his designs to live in. This is the perfect day out for any fashion history buff.
Look out for: Reworking’s of the infamous Madonna corset that defined the 90s and the singers ‘Blonde Ambition’ era.