The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions This Spring/Summer 2015

Fancy a bit of a fashion fix this weekend? London is bursting full of fashion exhibitions this Spring/Summer so there is no better time to start exploring some of London’s most famous museums. Here is my list of the most exciting exhibitions to visit over the next few months.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Until 19th July 2015
Celebrating the extraordinary and deeply imaginative talent of one of the most innovative designers of our time, the eagerly anticipated ‘Savage Beauty’ is Europe’s first ever retrospective of McQueen’s visionary body of work which spans from his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection.

Become immersed in the raw beauty of McQueen’s famous runway collections as well as a display of over 30 new pieces, several of which that couldn’t be transported to his New York exhibition including the beautiful red ballet dress from The Girl Who Lived in the Tree and a white feathered dress from The Horn of Plenty. In addition to the collections there will be a room dedicated to McQueen’s earlier years in London, exploring the various influences which helped shape his extraordinary talent.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the Victoria and Albert Museum
13th June 2015 - 31st January 2016 
If you are a shoe lover, then this is certainly one to look forward to! Shoes: Pleasure and Pain promises to display over 200 pairs of male and female shoes spanning from circa 30 BC all the way up to the present day. The exhibition will look at the cultural significance of shoes from around the world as well as examine trends and technological developments that have led to the dramatic and extreme footwear of recent times. Be prepared to lust over the stunning craftsmanship of some of the most iconic shoe designers including Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Dior, as well as catching a glimpse of footwear work by Marilyn Monroe, Sarah Jessica Parker and Queen Victoria, as well as THE Vivienne Westwood platforms that Naomi Campbell was wearing when she took her infamous catwalk fall.

Women Fashion Power at the Design Museum
Until 26th April 2015
Visit the Design Museum now to explore the way in which female fashion has evolved in the past 150 years, and how women of power have used fashion to define and enhance their positions. 25 high-profile women from different fields have donated outfits and shared their personal style philosophies, including Diane von Furstenberg, HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Anne Hidalgo Mayor of Paris, and Joan Burnstein, founder of Browns. Who wouldn’t want a peek inside their wardrobes?!

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum
Until 31st August 2015
Wartime fashion was all about turning practical necessities into stylish accessories. 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. Showcasing a collection of over 300 fashion items, photographs, documents and interviews the exhibition gives you an insight into how women stayed on-trend during World War 2.

Hermès Wanderland at Saatchi Gallery
Until 1st May 2015
The eleven room installation at the Saatchi gallery shines a light on the iconic Parisian accessories house. With a set designed by Hubert le Gall, visitors can explore fantasy, Parisian-inspired landscapes alongside objects that have been gathered from the brand’s extensive archive. The exhibition will make its way around many of Europe’s fashion capitals, so make sure you catch it here before it heads off to Paris and Milan. 

Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace, London
Until December 2015
Take a look through the wardrobes of three royal women in their fashion heydays: HM Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s, Princess Margaret in the 1960s and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s. Make your way through five rooms of elegant displays and explore how these women negotiated the rules of dressing fashionably within the 'rules' of a royal wardrobe. Featuring 21 couture dresses including the Dior gown worn by the Queen for her Silver Jubilee, the exhibition includes film and photography to set the scene of the times in which these gowns were worn.