Forget the Olympics; London’s museums are presenting some of the most hotly anticipated exhibitions this summer to get your creative juices flowing. Exhibitions can offer the perfect forms of inspiration for your own graduate collection and also teach you how some of the most successful fashion designers in the world got to where they are now.
The V&A have a spectacular selection of fashion-based exhibitions which range from fashion through the ages to Fashion Drawing and Illustration. The museum is a wonderful backdrop to exhibit some of the most beautiful creations that Britain has to offer. It’s also host to the annual Fashion in Motion event which has seen designers including Giles Deacon (Judge at the 2009 Graduate Fashion Week), Erdem Moralioglu and more recently Peter Jenson and Olivier Saillard showcase their creations. Exhibitions at the museum never disappoint- previous favourites include the Grace Kelly exhibition and the Kylie exhibition which displayed the iconic gold hot pants outfit designed by Graduate Fashion Week success story Stella McCartney.
Ballgowns- British Glamour since 1950 is due to arrive on the 19th May and is sure to be inspiring to all fashion-lovers. Celebrating the opening of newly renovated fashion galleries, this exhibition will present over sixty designs for social events such as red-carpet, state occasions and royal balls. Alongside these dresses will be designs fresh off the catwalk in order to celebrate the continuing strengths of British fashion and tradition including designs from the Alexander McQueen collection- whose career was launched by Graduate Fashion Week all those years ago. Featuring dresses worn by Princess Diana, Elizabeth Hurley and Bianca Jagger, the exhibition is also exclusively displaying a show-stopping metallic dress designed by Gareth Pugh which was specially created for the occasion.
Other exhibitions to consider include the Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design Museum (1-9 May) which showcases 20 years of the most famous red-soled creations and the Leather Forever Hermes exhibition (8-27 May) at 6 Burlington Gardens. They’re sure to get you wanting to create your own masterpieces!