What’s On – August 2016

I love going to exhibitions relating to anything fashion, textiles and fun.

But there is a plethora of things going on all over the place that fall under these categories that I just can’t get to. BUT this doesn’t mean you can’t go to them?!

Here is my list of what’s going on in August:

4 August 2016 – Robert Elms on Menswear



Join writer and broadcaster Robert Elms for a social history of London street fashion since the 1960s. In his modern memoir The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads, Elms charts his passion for clothes and how his memory of crucial events is defined by what he was wearing. Challenging the historians who have chosen to treat fashion as an exclusively feminine realm, this event explores the allure of the male suit, the importance of cloth and why clothes communicate more subtly than most objects. To find out more head to the Fashion and Textiles Museum website.


Open until 3 September 2016 – 50 Years of Fashion



It is fifty years since Chertsey Museum first opened its doors in 1965. To celebrate this important anniversary, their current fashion display features fashionable women’s wear dating from the 1960s to the present days selected from the Olive Matthews Collection.

To find out more head to the Chertsey Museum website.


Open until 5 September 2016 (extended dates) – Manus X Machina

The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. To find out more, head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s website.


Open until 11 September – All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion



Drawn from the Todd Oldham Studio archives, a substantial portion of which was recently donated to the RISD Museum, All of Everything features more than 65 full ensembles—from Oldham’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted feats of craftsmanship to his Pantone non-repeating print designs. To find out more head to RISD Museum website.


Open until 2 October 2016 – Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration



After years of rationing following the Second World War, Britain embarked on a period of optimism, affluence and consumerism that was prevalent in all aspects of life. This show examines the changing cultural landscape, presented through the lens of a typical young couple. Their recreated home interior features paintings, posters and textiles by Enid Marx, Edward Bawden and John Piper, as well as contemporaneous packaging, household goods and fashion. To find out more head to the Compton Verney website.



Open until 2 October 2016 – The BFG in Pictures



The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, will contain 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before. To find out more head to the House of Illustration website here.


26 April – 9 October 2016 – Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting



This, his most ambitious project to date, takes inspiration from the neo-classical surroundings of the Duveen galleries and the artist’s interest in the Baroque period to create a continuous live performance. Dancers will move through the galleries interacting with architectural elements, creating a spectacle not to be missed. To find out more go to the Tate Britain website here.


19 March – 9 October 2016 – Clangers, Bagpuss and Co.

Come into the world of Smallfilms to discover original puppets, sets and filming equipment. See how characters developed, and learn how Oliver and Peter developed their stop-frame animation techniques. To find out more head to the V&A Museum of Childhood website here.


Open until 9 October 2016 – Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Shoe Child Page


If you didn’t get a chance to see the shoes, pleasure and pain, exhibition at the V&A London, then you shouldn’t give this a miss.

Organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London it displays more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection.

To see what I thought of the London exhibition look here.


Open until 23 October 2016 – Schiaparelli and Thirties Fashion



We are showing a small selection of iconic Schiaparelli outfits against a backdrop of other thirties fashion, outfits which might well have been influenced by her prominent designs. The display includes 25 figures in three main themes: the shape of fashion, dramatic thirties prints,  and bold embroidery and embellishment so typical of  Schiaparelli and her contemporaries. To find out more head to the Manchester Art Gallery website.


Open until 30 October 2016 – Vogue 100: A Century of Style



If you missed the Vogue 100 exhibition a the National Portrait Gallery, you have the chance to see it again at the Manchester Art Gallery.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being brought together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

To see what I thought when the exhibition was in London, look here.


Open until 6 November – Making the Australian Quilt



Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950 is the first major exhibition of its kind to bring together the rich works that constitute Australia’s quilt heritage. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition includes more than eighty works from around the country. Key works such as The Rajah Quilt and examples by renowned makers Mary Jane Hannaford, Marianne Gibson and Amelia Brown are shown alongside a number of recently discovered pieces not exhibited before. They include quilts, coverlets, garments and quilted, patched and pieced works made in Australia or with a significant Australian provenance. The exhibition also features key 19th century English quilts that were brought or sent to Australia, informing and influencing the early quilting practices of local makers. To find out more, head to the NGV website.


Open until 27 November 2016 – Fashion and Freedom



This exhibition brings together wartime fashion from Manchester Art Gallery’s renowned costume collection with new pieces created by contemporary stars Vivienne Westwood and Roksanda Ilincic that pay homage to women’s dress during this landmark era. To find out more head to the Fashion and Freedom information page.


6 May – 4 December 2016 – Missoni Art Colour



Explore the creative process of Italian fashion house Missoni and the textiles of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in the context of 20th century fine art. One of the most respected exponents of the ‘Made in Italy’ concept, the work of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni is deeply rooted in modern art making the Missoni brand distinctive in the world of international fashion. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London Bridge.

To see my review click here.

25 March – 7 Dec 2016 – Putting on the Glitz



Dazzling 1930s evening gowns take centre stage in the ‘Putting on the Glitz’ exhibition, revealing how the glitz and glamour of Hollywood was reflected in the fashions of the period at Sudley House part of National Museums Liverpool.

There is a free talk at 1pm on 13 April.

30 April 2016 – 8 January 2017 – Fashion Cities Africa



Exploring practices of dress, fashion and styling in four major African cities at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

16 April 2016– 12 March 2017 – Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear



This exhibition tells the story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day. It explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal. See it at the V&A London.

See my review of this event here.


Open until 1 May 2017 – Fashion on the Ration

FOTR Creative


From ‘onesies’ to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways. To find out more head to the Imperial War Museum North website.


19 March 2016 – 1 January 2018 – A History of Fashion in 100 Objects



Celebrating the history of fashion from the 1500s to the present day through 100 star objects from Fashion Museum Bath’s collection.

Maybe I’ll see you at some of these events?


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