Anyone who visits the British capital will easily understand why fashion lovers from around the world gather here for fresh inspiration. From the sophisticated retail therapy of Chelsea to the eclectic East End, London is one big urban catwalk. We’ve gathered together some of the city’s must-see exhibitions that are well worth checking out…
Glamour of Bellville Sassoon
This year the Fashion and Textile Museum is honouring the British couture label Bellville Sassoon, which has been synonymous with glamour and style for over 50 years. The exhibition explores the history of British glamour from the couture houses of the 1950s to the celebrities that used to be clients of the company. If you’re a big fan of the Vogue aesthetic and the Audrey Hepburn look, you really should pay a visit to this south London retrospective.
At the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF until 11 January 2014
Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike
Chanel fans will be pleased to know that Coco is on show at London’s Fashion Space Gallery until 19 November. This insightful exhibition focuses on portraits of the iconic designer taken by her friend Californian artist Marion Pike. It certainly won’t disappoint lovers of the Chanel look, and also offers up some interesting details on the legendary designer from the perspective of a close friend.
At Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ until 19 November 2013
Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s
Because 1980s fashion never dies, Club to Catwalk offers the chance for fashionistas to look back at the revolutionary decade for some inspiration. Big hair, massive shoulders and pictures of celebrities all remind us of the true spirit of the 1980s, encouraging fashion lovers to give those trends a second chance. After you visit, it’s probably a good idea to check out one of Vivienne Westwood’s stores in London to really make the exhibition complete!
At Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL until 16 February 2014.