V&A Fashion through the ages

The Victoria and Albert Museum is currently holding a 'Fashion through the ages' exhibition which has work from many famous designers and shows how the past trends have been influenced by the women of those periods.

V&A Fashion through the ages

The recent fashion exhibition at the V&A displays past work of Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and other famous designers. The dresses showcase uses of different fabrics and different influences through time. They also reflect how fashion has changed to fit women's shapes and has always been important. Oscar Wilde, a famous Irish playwright, once said "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months" The event gives the viewer an insight to how fashion has always been changing and helps them to develop an opinion as well.

I feel that the best part of the exhibition was how the garments were shown because I got a deep understanding that women in each time period influenced fashion by their bodies For example in the Victorian age, fashion for women accentuated their waists and had very wide structures. Later on, the turn of the 20th century introduced the androgynous look (flat over bust and no waist).

My favourite fashion era is the 1960s, the revolution of youth. I liked this style of clothing because it was inspired by Pop art. The geometric style drew in young models like Twiggy and young buys making it a revolution of youth.

In my opinion, there should have been fabric samples so visitors could feel the stiffness of satin or the lightness of silk. This would give viewers an idea of what it was like to wear clothes, like they did in the past, made of these unusual fabrics.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience because I learnt a lot about past fashion trend which may come in handy if I were to go into fashion when I'm older and to have an open mind to change when it comes to fashion because you shouldn't be afraid to try new things and that's what makes fashion so unique.

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  • Ella-May Dicker

    On 1 April 2019, 19:49 Ella-May Dicker commented:

    Well said! I enjoyed reading this detailed review. Well done :)

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