Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day, 1953

The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2022

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Featuring Platinum Jubilee celebrations and an exploration of Korean pop culture

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Get ready for 2022, as museums and art galleries are opening their doors to an exciting array of fashion exhibitions. These are the ones not to miss.

The Biggest Exhibitions of 2022

The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2022 (& Beyond)

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Evening dressSpring-summer 1930Silk satin with insertsParis,Patrimoinede Chanel© Julien T. Hamon

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

The V&A

The V&A is teaming up with Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, to bring one of the most fêted fashion designers in history to the UK. This will be the first exhibition in the UK dedicated to Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, and will trace the designer’s pioneering career from the opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection in 1971. The exhibition will feature over 180 looks, as well as perfumery, accessories and jewellery from the world-renowned fashion house.

When: 16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024

Image: Evening dress Spring-summer 1930Silk satin with inserts Paris, Patrimoinede Chanel © Julien T. Hamon. Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 16 September 2023 –25 February 2024.

Harry Styles, V&A, Fashioning Masculinities

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

The V&A

From the grandeur of the European courts and idealism of neoclassical design to the creative triumphs of modern style, Fashioning Masculinities is the first V&A exhibition to celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance. The show will take a close look at how designers, tailors and artists – plus their clients and sitters – have constructed masculinity. Visitors will be able to explore a range of looks and artworks across three curated galleries, with highlights including outfits by Donatella Versace and Alexander McQueen, as well as photographs by David Hockney.

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When: 19 March – 6 November 2022

Image: Gucci Pre-Fall 2019 Men’s Tailoring Campaign; Creative Director: Alessandro Michele; Art Director: Christopher Simmonds; Photographer & Director: Harmony Korine; Courtesy of Gucci

Necklace with white and gold stones

Vision & Virtuosity by Tiffany & Co.

Saatchi Gallery

Internationally renowned jeweller Tiffany & Co. is celebrating its 150th anniversary in London with an exhibition dedicated to its history, craftsmanship and creativity. Over 400 objects from the brand’s archives will go display this summer at the Saatchi Gallery, creating seven chapters that will explore the themes that have built the Tiffany & Co. empire. Alongside a beautiful array of jewellery, visitors to the exhibition can expect to see an exclusive curation of artist collaborations in the gift shop (purse strings at the ready). Admission is free, and tickets will be available to book from 2 May 2022 via the Vision & Virtuosity app.

When: 10 June – 19 August 2022

Image: The Tiffany Diamond Necklace. Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery and Tiffany & Co.

Bethany Williams at the Design Museum (fashion exhibitions 2022)

Bethany Williams

The Design Museum

The Design Museum will be celebrating the work of London Fashion Week Designer Bethany Williams in a new free-to-enter exhibition this spring. Placing emphasis on the discussion surrounding social and environmental issues, the display will feature garments made from recycled book waste and collaborations with community projects. The exhibition will also highlight Williams’ work with the Emergency Designer Network to create PPE during the pandemic.

When: Spring 2022

Image: Design by Bethany Williams, courtesy of the Design Museum

Design by Chris Seydou (c) Nabil Zorkot (fashion exhibitions 2022)

Africa Fashion

The V&A

Celebrating the ‘irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashion creatives’, Africa Fashion will present over 250 objects, photographs and textiles recognising the work of designers from the mid-twentieth century to the present. With an emphasis on diversity and innovation, the V&A will explore the rich visual culture that has inspired African designers for decades. Following a major public call-out, the exhibition will also see new acquisitions highlighting African diasporic fashion trends and personal testimonies go on show for the first time.

When: 11 June 2022 – 16 April 2023

Image: Design by Chris Seydou (c) Nabil Zorkot

Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation Dress, designed by Sir Norman Hartnell, and Coronation Robe by Ede & Ravenscroft, 1953

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation

Windsor Castle

The second instalment of the Royal Collection Trust’s celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will take place at Windsor Castle, and commemorate the Queen’s coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Visitors can look forward to seeing the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate designed by British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell.

When: 7 July – 26 September 2022

Image: Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation Dress, designed by Sir Norman Hartnell, and Coronation Robe by Ede & Ravenscroft, 1953

Outfit worn by Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee in 1977, designed by Sir Hardy Amies, and a matching hat by Simone Mirman

Platinum Jubilee Display

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The final exhibition from at the the Royal Collection Trust will take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The display will feature outfits worn by the Queen during past celebrations of her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees. Visitor will have the chance to see the pink silk crepe and chiffon dress, coat and stole by royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, displayed with a matching hat designed by Simone Mirman.

When: 14 July – 25 September 2022

Image: Outfit worn by Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee in 1977, designed by Sir Hardy Amies, and a matching hat by Simone Mirman

Dorothy Wilding, HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1952

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession

Buckingham Palace

This year marks Queen Elizabeth II‘s long-awaited Platinum Jubilee. To mark the occasion, the Royal Collection Trust has announced three displays across the royal residences celebrating Her Majesty’s reign. At Buckingham Palace, the State Rooms will house a display looking at The Queen’s Accession to the throne in February 1952. A massive highlights of the exhibition is The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which was a wedding gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, later Queen Mary, on the occasion of her marriage to the future King George V in 1893. Queen Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, as a wedding present on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Philip on 20 November 1947.

When: 22 July – 2 October 2022

Image: Dorothy Wilding, HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1952

Tchai KimYoungjin Hanbok Collection, 2015. Image courtesy of ygkplus, BAE YOON YOUNG (Exhibitions of 2022)

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

The V&A

The rising popularity of South Korean culture in mainstream media – otherwise known as ‘Hallyu’, or the Korean Wave – will get its very own exhibition this year at the V&A. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea, Hallyu! tracks the global phenomenon from its early beginnings in the late 1990s and rise to worldwide acclaim in the 2010s with K-Pop acts like Psy, BTS and Blackpink to recent successes within cinema, drama, beauty and fashion.

When: 24 September 2022 – 25 June 2023

Image: Tchai KimYoungjin Hanbok Collection, 2015. Courtesy of ygkplus, BAE YOON YOUNG

Featured image: Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day, 1953


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