Event: Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s
Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, SW7
A new show at the V&A, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, celebrates the ’80s clubbing scene in London and examines how club wear translated to the fashion world.
Designers such as Katharine Hamnett, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, John Galliano and Betty Jackson, took the looks seen in underground club culture and experimented with them. This merging of club, street and catwalk fashion was helped by London’s excellent fashion design colleges and the start of a London Fashion Week in 1984, bringing the industry together.
The exhibition is divided into two parts, half concentrating on big name designers, including milliner Stephen Jones and shoe designer Patrick Cox; and the other half devoted to the fashion tribes and trends of the time, from Goths to New Romantics.
Also on at the V&A overlapping with the first weeks of this exhibition is David Bowie Is (until 11 Aug 2013).
Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s is on at the V&A Museum in South Kensington, open 10am to 5.30pm daily and until 9.30pm on Fridays (closed 24-26 Dec). Entry to the permanent exhibits in the museum is free, but timed tickets are in operation for this exhibition. Advance booking recommended by the museum.