After having lived in London for over a year and experieincing countless recommendations for the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A to us hip locals) for everything from their permanent fashion collection to the cake sold in the museum cafe, I finally got the chance yesterday thanks to the preview for Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980's - the museum's new exhibit on, well, the London fashion scene in the 80's.
And y'all, it was a scene.
The ground level of this multi-level exhibit consisted of the Catwalk section which contained bios, mini-history lessons, and up-close and personal looks at designers like Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and John Galliano that we (mostly) all know, as well as their slightly lesser-known counterparts like John Richmond, baller Wendy Dagworthy, and Helen David.
The exhibit's mezzanine represented the more theatrical Club scene. The mannequins were let lose to p-a-r-t-y and stood in trend-themed groups beneath the dome of a ceiling.
Pieces exploring club culture, sexuality, and rebellion were on parade alongside a separate room which explored famous 80's club Blitz. DJ Jeffrey Hinton built the "club" which featured music and home videos of club kids readying themselves for a night on the town.
I've always been skeptical of the 80's fashion scene in London, club kid culture, and all for the rest. It always felt like a lot of noise with little reason behind it.
After the exhibit, I certainly feel differently and have an educated understanding of what the scene was really about - politics, rebellion, finding yourself, expressing yourself, youth, and so much more.
Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980's runs 10 July 2013 - 14 February 204 at the V&A. Entry is £5.