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An exhibition celebrating the rise in club fashion in the 1980s and the designers who perpetuated it, from punk queen Vivienne Westwood to slogan princess Katherine Hammnet.

Glitter, latex, rubber and crimped hair, the 80s club scene was all about making an appearance and if you were as eccentric as Leigh Bowery, virtually suffocating yourself in the process. Rubberised gimp suit anyone? This exhibition charts the designers whose clothes evolved out of the bowels of venues such as Taboo onto the sleek catwalks of New York.

ID Magazine and Blitz became the fashion bibles, documenting new styles from studded biker jackets to dresses for men. Boy George and Toyah rocked Japanese fusion, while Pam Hogg’s androgynous garb kept people guessing. Goths, ravers and fetish rubbed shoulder pads with high camp and the New Romantics.

All in all this show reveals a rag-tag era of exuberant creativity from a collection of underground experimenters born to party.

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL

020 7942 2000


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Phased reopening – see the V&A’s website for details.

Daily 10am-5.45pm
Fri until 10pm

The Fashion Gallery will be closed for refurbishment 18 Jan 2021 – 20 April 2022

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