10 main model exhibitions to get enthusiastic about — That’s Not My Age


Designer Coco Chanel surrounded by sketches of her designs. Coco Chanel Vogue Could 01, 1938 Picture: The V&A

In vogue, there’s all the time a buzz come September as new collections are unveiled, media and promoting push the brand new model course and retail gross sales leap with the beginning of a brand new college and work 12 months. This September, it looks like all the pieces has gone into overdrive (put up the pandemic hiatus), with the museum world becoming a member of in on the joy. A bumper crop of vogue exhibitions are taking place, from main retrospectives like Coco Chanel within the UK, glorious up to date designer Iris van Herpen in Paris and YSL in Tokyo. There are fantastic instructional exhibitions, too, in Lewes and Dundee. Or for those who’re a fan of a smorgasbord of favor: Girls designers, Black British vogue and NEWGEN are all within the combine. Make your plans and e-book early!


Chanel on the V&A

Within the UK:

Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto, The V&A, London

The hype for this exhibition began months in the past and it’s, arguably, the crown jewel of the season’s vogue exhibitions. That is the primary ever UK exhibition devoted solely to French couturière, Gabrielle Chanel. Her ‘manifesto’ included clothes girls may transfer in. No sitting fairly for this revolutionary designer who believed girls ought to, and will, do in addition to males in all areas of life. She re-invented her picture from a poor, parochial school-girl to scion of favor lengthy earlier than the Madonnas and Kardashians of this world. From the 1910 opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris to her remaining assortment in 1971 – even to at this time – her affect on vogue is actually outstanding. Look out for legendary journal editor Diana Vreeland’s sequinned trouser swimsuit; the very first ‘Little Black Gown’; and the corridor of mirrors Home of Chanel finale.

From 16 September – 25 February 2024 


REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion, The Design Museum, London

Sponsored by Alexander McQueen, this exhibition spotlights the rebellious, radical vogue design of over 300 NEWGEN alumni together with JW Anderson, Simone Rocha and Erdem. NEWGEN is the British Vogue Council‘s programme devoted to supporting the perfect rising UK design expertise so, it’s becoming that it’s New Expertise Ambassador, Sarah Mower MBE (aka Vogue.com’s vogue columnist/critic) guest-curates this vibrant present. It demonstrates why London is such fertile floor for younger designers and options not-to-be-missed creations together with: Björk’s 2001 Oscar’s ‘Swan Gown’ by Marjan Pejoski and Sam Smith’s inflatable latex swimsuit by HARRI from this 12 months’s BRIT Awards.

From 16 September – 11 February 2024


SS Daley at Charrleston. Trousers created from classic Laura Ashley curtains (and worn by Harry Types)


Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion, Charleston, Lewes

Charleston is launching a brand new multi-use gallery area in Lewes city centre with an exhibition exploring the affect of the Bloomsbury group on vogue. Curated by Charlie Porter, the style contains Dior, Fendi and Burberry alongside never-before-seen Bloomsbury portraits and private objects like Virginia Woolf’s purse (embroidered by Vanessa Bell). The exhibition’s title, Carry No Garments, is from Woolf’s 1920 invitation to TS Eliot, to remain at Charleston. ‘Please deliver no garments: we stay in a state of utter simplicity,’ she wrote. We love its come-as-you-are philosophy.

From £12.50, 13 September – 7 January 2024


The Fashion Show: Everything But The Clothes, V&A Museum of Design, Dundee

If you happen to like to peek backstage of vogue, this exhibition shines a light-weight on the groups who labored backstage for among the business’s largest names. Hair and make-up artists, sound engineers, set designers and illustrators get the highlight on this present. It additionally options round 500 items of vogue week ephemera, principally from the gathering of curator Iain R Webb. The previous Vogue Editor of Elle, The Occasions and the Night Commonplace – and present Professor of Vogue & Design on the Kingston Faculty of Artwork – Webb has been accumulating this spectacular assortment of never-before-seen backstage pictures, sketches from the entrance row and an enormous array of invites over 4 a long time!

 Free. Till 1 January 2024



A mannequin poses for a becoming in a gown at Shoreditch School © Henry Grant Assortment – Vogue Metropolis


Fashion City, Museum of London Docklands, London

Jewish tailors and seamstresses have had an integral half within the institution of the trendy vogue business and their contribution to London’s vogue scene is explored right here. Some 60-70% of Jewish immigrants to London within the early Twentieth-century labored in vogue or textile trades – a legacy which the museum believes has been unfairly neglected. Clothes, pictures, objects, sketches and movies are featured, from the late-Nineteenth century by means of to the trendy day. It calls consideration to the creators of among the eras’ most recognisable appears to be like (worn by Princess Diana, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix) reminiscent of Mr Fish, David Sassoon and Netty Spiegel.

From 13 October – 14 April 2024


Lee Miller: Dressed, Brighton Museum and Artwork Gallery, Brighton

Opening in October, and coinciding with launch function movie Lee (starring Kate Winslet), this fascinating exhibition will delve into the outstanding life and legacy of Lee Miller. As a pioneering photographer, surrealist, mannequin, struggle correspondent and author, vogue was all the time interwoven in her life. Starting with high-fashion objects worn in Paris within the late Twenties and concluding with rural outfits worn in Sussex within the mid-Nineteen Fifties, only a few of those intimate objects have ever been seen in public earlier than. Vogue historical past aficionados will significantly love seeing the army uniforms from her time as a struggle correspondent and iconic European fashions from the Nineteen Thirties.

From 14 October – 18 February 2024


Untitled 1, Afro Hair and Magnificence, 1998 © Eileen Perrier. Photograph: Somerset Home


The Missing Thread: Untold Stories of Black British Fashion, Somerset Home, London

Curated by the Black Oriented Legacy Improvement Company (BOLD), this exhibition explores the tales of Black British vogue from the Seventies to at this time. It highlights the distinctive affect this neighborhood has made to Britain’s wealthy music, images, artwork and design scene. On show are unique commissions by up to date designers together with Bianca Saunders, Saul Nash and Nicholas Daley, in addition to up-and-coming creatives. A particular spotlight is the style archive of the late Joe Casely-Hayford, who’s ground-breaking injection of color and sartorial aptitude in menswear, continues to affect the world over.

From 21 September – 7 January 2024



Yves Saint Laurent, Anne-Marie Muñoz and Pierre Bergé within the studio, 5 avenue Marceau, 1977. © Man Marineau



Yves Saint Laurent, Across The Style at The Nationwide Artwork Middle, Tokyo

Japan is internet hosting this hotly anticipated retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent’s work. A whopping 300 objects are on present overlaying a 40-year profession: from his debut on the Home of Dior, to his affect on ready-to-wear from his eponymous label, by means of to his retirement in 2002. The shows embrace a selected emphasis on the affect of artwork on the designer’s high fashion appears to be like, together with the long-lasting 1965 Mondrian gown. Dynamic drawings are displayed alongside equipment and pictures of the designer at work.

From 20 September – 11  December 2023

Women Dressing Women, The Met Museum, New York

The contribution of feminine designers has lengthy been under-represented within the historical past of vogue and Girls Dressing Girls desires to re-dress the steadiness. This exhibition celebrates the inventive legacy of feminine designers and reveals how vogue turned a instrument for feminine independence and financial freedom within the twenty first century. It should function appears to be like from over seventy designers between 1910 to 2022. The checklist on present is spectacular certainly: high fashion from Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Vionnet and Fortuny; subsequent to influencers of contemporary vogue reminiscent of Claire McCardell, Rei Kawakubo, Anifa Mvuemba, and extra.

From 7 December – 3 March 2024


Photograph: Iris Van Herpen


Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the senses, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Establishing her couture home in 2007, Iris van Herpen is likely one of the newer couturiers. Eyes firmly on the long run, her designs are what one would think about of vogue’s evolution: progressive supplies; sinewy, sculptural varieties which might be each attractive and ethereal all of sudden. This exhibition highlights her collaborations with creatives reminiscent of sculptor Anthony Howe, architect Philip Beesley and artist Casey Curran. In a real nod to up to date tradition, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has created an ‘immersive sensory expertise’ with an ‘evocation’ of her Amsterdam studio and a room devoted to her catwalk reveals sound-lit by artist Salvador Breed.

From  29 November – 28 April 2024




Characteristic by Alexia Economou and Helen Johnson.