"Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s" at the V&A

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
Sep 6, 2013 3:18PM

10 July 2013 - 16 February 2014

Discover the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s in a major exhibition at the V&A. Through more than 85 outfits, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s showcases the bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade, including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano.

The exhibition traces the emerging theatricality in British fashion as the capital’s vibrant and eclectic club scene influenced a new generation of designers. Also celebrating iconic styles such as New Romantic and High Camp, and featuring outfits worn by Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery, the exhibition explores how the creative relationship between catwalk and club wear helped reinvent fashion, as reflected in magazines such as i-D and Blitz and venues including Heaven and Taboo.

Find out more about the exhibition and events programme: www.vam.ac.uk/whatson

Take the exhibition home

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 112-page catalogue. The catalogue 80s Fashion: From Club to Catwalk by Sonnet Stanfill explores one of the most diverse and innovative periods in British fashion and the catalogue includes interviews and original archive material from practitioners such as Wendy Dagworthy and Paul Smith that casts new light on the designs of the decade.

The book will be available in paperback at the museum store and online at www.vandashop.com.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)