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London Fashion Week

 21/09/2018

September once again sees designers, models and fashionistas descend on the capital to take part in one of the most prestigious dates in the fashion calendar.
 
September once again sees designers, models and fashionistas descend on the capital to take part in one of the most prestigious dates in the fashion calendar.

Since the medieval period London’s busy docks have kept the city in touch with the latest trends, receiving wools, silks and other textiles and accessories from European cities such as Paris, Milan, Florence and Rome.

Britain followed European fashion trends which signified wealth and rank, as well as utility – from dresses and coats, to hats, gloves, shoes, fans, parasols and corsetry.

By La Belle Epoque, a Paris label was still the ultimate endorsement.  The outbreak of the First World War brought about significant changes in fashion design, fabrics and manufacture, although during the first year of hostilities high fashion journalists hardly mentioned the war.  Chanel’s pared-down, sporty clothes transformed wartime dress and during the postwar years, Paris continued to dominate the fashion scene.

By the 1960’s, London had become a buzzing hub of fashion and culture, with designers like Mary Quant introducing ground breaking trends that signified revolutionary changes not only in clothing but for women’s liberation.  In the 1970’s Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren synthesised music and fashion which shaped the punk scene, and Paul Smith transformed menswear.

Today London has continues to produce some of the world’s leading fashions and designers from Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson to the late, great Alexander McQueen.

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Our unrelenting relationship with fashion over the centuries has been documented  in book, photograph and print form.

Read more about this year’s Fashion Week
http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/london-fashion-week
Visit the fashion gallery at the V&A https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion

Images:
Mary Quant’s London. Beaux Books
http://www.beauxbooks.com/mary-quants-london-catalogue-of-mary-quant-dresses-in-the-exhibition-mary-quants-london-held-at-the-london-museum-kensington-palace.html
McQueen, Alexander - A tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen. Peter Harrington.
https://www.peterharrington.co.uk/visionaire-58-spirit.html