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Brief Published: 8 Jul 2013

Club to Catwalk at the V&A


London’s Victoria & Albert museum launched its latest exhibition Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s to press this morning before opening to the public on July 10 2013.

The exhibition highlights the designers and influencers that pushed boundaries and broke the rules to shape 80s fashion and club culture. Looking at the vibrant London club scene from the period and its influence on fashion and young, emerging designers, it charts cult style movements that shaped the era aesthetically, including new romantics, goth, high camp and rave.

More than 90 mannequins dressed in rare designer pieces from the likes of John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Wendy Dagworthy and Betty Jackson were on offer, as well as Katherine Hamnett’s rebellious slogan T-shirts, the innovative body-con designs from Body Map, and fetish wear by Pam Hogg.

The infamous London club Blitz was reimagined as part of the exhibition, with multiple television screens showing original videos of 80s club nights offering a window into the decade’s hedonism and ground-breaking exhibitionism. The exhibition is curated by the V&A’s head of fashion, Claire Wilcox, with British designer Wendy Dagworthy serving as the expert consultant.

Club to Catwalk will run until February 2014 and is accompanied by a book of the same name, edited by Sonnet Stanfill – a curator at the V&A who worked on exhibitions such as 2012’s Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950.

Victoria and Albert Museum