When you require a little pick-me-up, fashion exhibitions are a great source of inspiration. Offering something different to the average weekend activity, there is much pleasure to be gained from aesthetic culture. After the success of the Design Museum’s 2012 Christian Louboutin exhibition, London’s cultural institutions have laid on the fashion listings thick and fast and we can’t wait to experience them all.
Whether you want to delve into the works of legendary style photographer Horst or ogle over 200 pairs of footwear, catch London’s best style exhibitions while you can.
When it comes to illustrious style, celebrities and models rule the roost. So, it’s refreshing to see a rare exhibition focused on fashion throughout the monarchy. Take a look at 21 gowns coveted by queens and princesses and learn about the context behind them.
This regal exhibition is being held in the equally grand Kensington Palace and runs up to July. See 60’s apparel and 80’s glamour in all its splendour with outfits from Princess Diana and her majesty providing the best visual highlights.
Horst: Photographer of Style
Celebrating the 60 year career of Vogue photographer Horst P. Horst, the Victoria and Albert museum are currently showcasing his most iconic works. From glossy haute couture to illustrious stage and screen snaps, Horst photographed everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Yves Saint Laurent and was widely considered ‘the king of fashion photography’ amongst critics.
In addition to poring over iconic fashion shoots, fans will also be treated to rare and unpublished prints from Horst’s personal travels. With tickets priced at a very reasonable £4.60, we can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Ok, so this one isn't scheduled until June 2015 but we’re still making space in the diary all the same. Shoe addicts should consider the V&A’s next exhibition an essential visit. As we all know, even the most beautiful shoes can cause great discomfort, and that’s what Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is all about. Almost 200 outrageous pairs will be displayed for your viewing pleasure.
Pore over gold-leafed Egyptian sandals, be shocked by the highest stiletto heels ever made and learn about the rich history and reasoning behind eminent designs. A word of warning though, this exhibition will give you a serious urge to splurge!
We’re always on the lookout for hot new cultural events to attend. If you’ve visited an exhibition worth shouting about, let us know. Tweet us @Nica_Handbags or leave us a comment below.