Eighties Music Scene Resurrected in V&A Club To Catwalk Exhibition

Denim jacket, BLITZ by Levi Strauss & Co., customised by Vivienne Westwood, 1986, (c) V&A Images

Denim jacket, BLITZ by Levi Strauss & Co., customised by Vivienne Westwood, 1986, (c) V&A Images

THIS summer the V&A will showcase the birth place of Goth, Fetish and New Romantic in the revival of London’s club scene of the 1980s.

Tracing the link between club and catwalk, the Club To Catwalk exhibition is set to present iconic archive pieces from as influential designers as Betty Jackson, and Helen David for English Eccentrics.

Alongside the era defining armored jackets of Vivienne Westwood to the Liberty prints of Wendy Dagworthy the exhibition will also look at the decades’ fashion manifesto magazines of i-D, Blitz and The Face.

Possibly seen as the original pioneer style magazine, The Face took fashion off the catwalk and into the wardrobes of its readers. Published alongside the fanzine material of i-D the two titles traced the decade’s bold club inspired designs.

The hotly anticipated exhibition marks the 1980’s explosive relationship between music and design.

Khaki suit designed by Katharine Hamnett, 1985, (c) V&A Images

Khaki suit designed by Katharine Hamnett, 1985, (c) V&A Images

To provide a snapshot of the most fashionable and creative designers working in London in the 1980s, the exhibition shows a display of Blitz denim jackets.

In 1986, Blitz magazine commissioned a group of 22 London-based designers to customise denim jackets provided by Levi Strauss & Co.

The jackets were exhibited at the V&A and auctioned in aid of the Prince’s Trust on 10 July 1986.

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s will open at the V&A July 10th 2013 and will run until February 16th the following year.

Tickets are priced £5 and will go on sale June later this year.

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