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Exhibitions for Fashion Fans Across the UK

13 August 2019 | Maisy Farren

From fast fashion to haute couture, the world of fashion is no doubt an art form, and well worth it’s place in the country’s art galleries and museums. Museums like the V&A have the sold-out Christion Dior exhibition, and the equally enjoyable Mary Quant exhibition, but there are still plenty of places outside of London to enjoy some fashionable art displays! Here’s our round up of the most exciting fashion and jewellery exhibitions coming up across the UK. 


Image credit: Fashion Museum Bath via Facebook
Glove Stories 
Bath
 
Once holding a lot of significance in status and class, gloves are a historically important item in the world of fashion history. Glove Stories has been interspersed throughout the museum’s A History of Fashion in 100 Objects exhibition and presents gloves from the past 400 years of fashion. This extensive collection comes from the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, an organisation that was formed by glove makers in 1349 and received a Royal Charter in 1638, protecting high standards in the craft of glove making. Highlights of the exhibition include coronation gloves worn by Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage-driving gloves and even a pair of costume gloves from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
 
Exhibition Dates: 
Fashion Museum, Bath – Now – 2 March 2020 
 
 
Image credit: Wear It Out: Queer Looks via Facebook
Queer Looks 
Brighton
 
Where better to combine LGBTQ+ and fashion history than the wonderful seaside spot of Brighton! Queer Looks is a locally curated display of queer voices from across the Brighton and Hove area, and what clothing means to them in terms of collective and individual identity. Combining outfits and retold histories, the exhibition is an exploration of discovering and expressing yourself as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Discover 50 years of queer history through style in Brighton. 
 
Exhibition Dates: 
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton and Hove – Now – December 2019 
 
 
Image credit: National Museums Scotland via Facebook 
Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk 
Edinburgh 
 
Despite companies like Victoria’s Secret still refusing to send anyone that isn’t a size 8 down the catwalk, fashion is increasingly diversifying its fashion shows and editorials, and this exhibition celebrates this industry shift. In a celebration of inclusivity and body positivity, this exhibition displays fashion that explores themes such as size, gender, age, race and disability. Presenting work from artists like Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Pam Hogg, and iconic moments such as the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab on the international high fashion catwalk (Max Mara, Milan 2017), this exhibition is a must-see for future high flyers of the fashion industry. 
 
Exhibition Dates: 
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh – Now – 20 October 
 
 
Image credit: Tatty Devine via Facebook​​​​​​​
Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine 
Cheltenham, Leicester, Wrexham, Brighton and Hove, Cirencester
 
Celebrating 20 years of making unique jewellery right here in the UK, Tatty Devine founders Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine have curated their first solo exhibition to be presented across the UK. Their statement plastic pieces have been cult favourites since the early 2000s when the pair invested in their first laser cutting machine, and having closely paired with designers, musicians and artists in their 20 years of creating jewellery, the brand now plays an iconic role in British fashion. Their exhibition will display original jewellery, sketchbooks, photos and flyers from the past two decades, along with two unique films that tell the story of this unique company! 
 
Exhibition Dates: 
The Wilson, Cheltenham – 7 September – 3 November 2019 
De Montfort University, Leicester – 16 November 2019 – 1 February 2020 
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich University – 24 February – 3 April 2020 
Tÿ Pawb, Wrexham – 10 July – 13 September 2020 
Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton and Hove – 3 October 2020 – 26 January 2021 
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester – 21June – 10 September 2021 
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