Fashion and Style in South Kensington

Fashion and style are synonymous with South Kensington. Look back in time or look to the future of fashion at some of London's best museums and design institutes.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

On until 2018
Kensington Palace
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Trace the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' style, from the demure, romantic dresses and other outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Recently re-opened with a selection of new outfits.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

10th May - 7th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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Celebrate the timeless beauty of the female form with thirty-five years of haute couture from Azzedine Alaïa, and discover the mastery of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials behind the designer's unique creations.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

16th Jun - 4th Nov
V&A
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This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

Fashion

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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

V&A jewellery collection

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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

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The Vault

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Natural History Museum
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Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery. See the world's largest collection of coloured diamonds, discover gems that glow in the dark, and marvel at rare meteorites from out of this world.

Fashioned from Nature

On til 27th Jan 2019
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This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Mary Quant

6th April 2019 - 8th March 2020
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From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Azzedine Alaia - the Last Great Craftsman

10th July
6.30-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Azzedine Alaïa’s use of traditional craftsmanship techniques, while embracing the latest technological advancements, have helped to modernise the idea of luxury dressing today. Join leading names in fashion to explore the work of a man described as ‘fashion’s last great craftsman’.