Fashion exhibitions in London

Your guide to the shows where culture and couture collide



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Since the Design Museum’s 2012 Christian Louboutin exhibition proved one of its most popular to date, London’s cultural institutions have been quick to cash in on the fashion pound, with style-focused fashion shows a sure-fire way of pulling in the punters. From academic showcases of costume through the ages to celebrations of fashion in pop culture, these shows offer an accessible slice of aesthetic culture, and plenty of sartorial inspiration for your own wardrobe.

Upcoming fashion exhibitions in London

Made in Mexico: The Rebozo in Art, Culture and Fashion

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The Fashion and Textile Museum is hosting the first ever exhibition on the rebozo – the classic Mexican shawl made famous in the 20th century by artist Frida Kahlo. Historic rebozos from the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City will be showcased alongside loans from the British Museum. Also, contemporary Mexican artists, photographers and fashion and textile designers

  1. Fashion and Textile Museum Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF
  2. Fri Jun 6 - Sun Aug 31
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Fashion Rules Exhibition

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See some exquisite regal fashion in all its splendour at a new showcase of gowns worn by HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. Twenty-one never-seen-before dresses will be on display, including as well as film and imagery providing the context of their outfits. Highlights include Her Majesty the Queen's couture gowns by Hardy Amies and

  1. Kensington Palace The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sat Jul 4
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Wedding dresses 1775-2014

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Take a look at two centuries of meringue design, at the V&A's crowd-pleasing Spring exhibition of wedding dresses. You can expect plenty of royal gowns - including the Duchess of Cornwall's ladylike frock coat, worn at her 2005 wedding to HRH The Prince of Wales. But sadly not the Duchess of Cambridge's Alexander McQueen gown. However, the star exhibits are likely to

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Mar 15
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Fancy hotel ME London becomes the setting for a series of style events curated by PR agency Felicities, which will be open to the public for the first time. Visitors can watch live photo-shoots in action, browse installations and rub shoulders with up and coming design talent.​ Highlights include a live illustration event with womenswear designer David Longshaw,

  1. 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HA
  2. Fri Sep 12 - Tue Sep 16
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Simon Costin's Impossible Catwalk Shows

Fashion week isn’t just about the clothes: the most memorable shows are all about the setting. Just look at Dolce & Gabbana’s fairytale forest for AW14, Chanel’s supermarket, and pretty much every catwalk show by Alexander McQueen. A new exhibition from set designer Simon Costin, who has worked with the likes of McQueen and Tim Walker, questions the way we look

  1. London College of Fashion 20 John Princes St, W1G 0BJ
  2. Fri Sep 12 - Sat Sep 13
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Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood

Thanks to the likes of Sister by Sibling and Lucas Nascimento, knitwear is making its presence felt on the catwalk. The Fashion and Textile Museum’s latest exhibition explores all things woolly, from classic Chanel jerseys to conceptual pieces by the likes of Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald.

  1. Fashion and Textile Museum Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Jan 18
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More upcoming fashion events in London

  1. Petticoat Lane Market Middlesex St, Glousten St, Toynbee St, Wentworth St, Bell Lane, Cobb St, , Leyden St, Strype St, E1 7EX
  2. Wed Mar 12 - Sun Dec 21
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  1. Camden Lock Market Camden Lock Place, (off Chalk Farm Rd), NW1 8AF
  2. Wed Apr 2 - Sun Jul 5
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  1. Portobello Road Market Portobello Road, W10 5TA
  2. Mon Apr 7 - Sun Oct 6
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  1. Boxpark Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6GY
  2. Thu May 1 - Fri Oct 31
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