Updated: Oct 26
Our roundup of the best exhibitions to visit in London this November and beyond. From archives of fashion's favourite brands to deep-dives into the significance of fabrics, there is creative inspiration for all tastes.
Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion Exhibition
Where? The Design Museum When? Open until February 2024
More - https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/touring-exhibitions/exhibitions-for-hire/rebel-30-years-of-london-fashion-touring-exhibition
About - Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion exhibition, which is sponsored by Alexander McQueen, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme, which promotes the radical creativity of young designers in Britain. Influential design and emerging talents showcase the diversity and experimentation of London fashion.
*Images: The Design Museum*
Where? 180 Studios, 180 Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1EA
When? Open until 31 December 2023
Cost? Ticketed Exhibition £18pp
More - https://www.180studios.com/gucci
About - Gucci's Cosmos exhibition is an immersive exploration of the brand's decades of creativity. The exhibition traces one of many possible constellations connecting the ideas and inventions of creative directors over the past 102 years.
*Images: 180 Studios*
The Missing Thread: Untold Stories of Black British Fashion
Where? Somerset House, , Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
When? Open Until 7th Jan 2024
Cost? Ticketed Exhibition £12pp
More - https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/the-missing-thread
About - Head to Somerset House to explore the stories of Black British fashion. The Missing Thread exhibition is curated by the Black Orientated Legacy Development Agency (BOLD), and displays the shifting landscape of Black British culture spanning from the 1970s to the present day.
*Images: Somerset House*
The Fabric of Democracy: Propaganda Textiles from the French Revolution to Brexit
Where? Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
When? Open Until 3rd March 2023
Cost? Ticketed Exhibition £12.65pp
More - https://www.fashiontextilemuseum.org/
About - Curated by design historian Amber Butchart, the Fabric of Democracy exhibition explores printed propaganda textiles over more than two centuries. The exhibits show how fabric designers and manufacturers have responded to political upheaval from the French Revolution through to Brexit.
*Images: Fashion 7 Textile Museum*
Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto
Where? V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
When? On until 25th February 2024
Cost? Ticketed Exhibition
More - https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/gabrielle-chanel-fashion-manifesto
About - The first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, charting the establishment of the House of Chanel and the evolution of her iconic design style. Featuring over 200 looks from her first millinery boutique in Paris, to her final collection in 1971.
Re/Sisters: A Lens on Gender and Ecology
Where? Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
When? Open Until 14th January 2024
Cost? Ticketed Exhibition £16pp
More - https://www.barbican.org.uk/ReSisters
About - The Re/Sisters exhibition, explores the relationship between gender and ecology, highlighting the systemic links between the oppression of women and the degradation of the planet. It features around 50 international women, with work from emerging and established artists.