20 December 2012 by

The V&A’s 'Club To Catwalk' Exhibition To Explore London fashion In The 1980s

The V&A has just revealed details of its Summer 2013 exhibition, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s which will explore the creative explosion of style in the UK capital during the decade that brought us Boy George, shoulder pads, the Kids from Fame, crimping and leg warmers. As well as detailing the impact of underground club culture on the fashion industry it will showcase more than 85 outfits by designers such as John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Katherine Hamnett as well as accessories by the likes of Stephen Jones and Patrick Cox.

To coincide with the exhibition the V&A’s Head of Fashion Claire Wilcox is on a mission to reunite a collection of customised denim jackets that were produced in 1980s. Commissioned by Blitz magazine in collaboration with Levi Strauss & Co, the jackets were originally exhibited at the V&A and auctioned in aid of the Prince’s Trust on 10 July 1986.

Wilcox is trying to track down the jackets designed by British designers including Zandra Rhodes, Paul Smith, Jasper Conran, Betty Jackson and Jean Muir, but there are also pieces by Eric Bergere for Hermes and Mark and Syrie that have yet to be located. Already in the collection are denim jackets customised Body Map, DSM, Jacques Azagury, Richmond Cornejo and Bernstock Speirs.

The curator has made a plea to anyone that might know of their whereabouts saying: “It would be wonderful to reunite this collection of jackets at the V&A exactly 27 years after they were first auctioned here. This collection encapsulates the best of London fashion at that time. We have a set of sketches from the designers, but it would be very interesting to get all the jackets back together for the exhibition in the summer.”

The exhibition opens on 10 July 2013 and runs until 16 February 2014. Admission will be £5.


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