Fashion in February
It’s London Fashion Week from 14–18 February. Satisfy your sartorial appetite at these three local exhibitions.
“FASHIONED” at Craft Central
If it’s fashion you crave, then head to Craft Central presents FASHIONED (11-21 February), an exhibition that’s perfectly timed for anyone inspired by the Fashion Week fun. Craft Central’s new galleries in St John’s Square will showcase a selection of contemporary fashion, jewellery and accessories – all available for you to buy. These wearable artworks by 26 designer-makers will underline the contribution that creative Clerkenwell makes to London fashion.
“The Anatomy of a Suit” at the Museum of London
The Anatomy of a Suit, which runs until June, takes a closer look at the secrets behind the suit’s surface and reveals London’s crucial influence on international menswear. This exhibition also has a fascinating history of the way that men have dressed, from the suit to the brogue and bowler hat. Did you know, for instance, that King Charles II conceived the three-piece suit? In fact, the museum’s sartorial collection goes back more than 2,000 years.
“The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier” at the Barbican After the homegrown celebration at London Fashion Week, how about something a little more outrageous from across the channel? In the first major exhibition devoted to the French couturier, the Barbican is staging The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk from 9 April-25 August. It will be a theatrically-staged exhibition that brings together more than 140 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments from the early 1970s to the present day. There are iconic costumes that were once worn by movie stars and singers – you can even get up close the conical bra worn by Madonna.