Now open at the Barbican – The Vulgar – Fashion Redefined

13 October 2016 – 5 February 2017


Potent, provocative and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas and feelings in us all. The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion, from the renaissance through to contemporary design. Examining the constantly evolving notion of vulgarity in fashion whilst revelling in its excesses, you are invited to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.

Drawn from major public and private collections worldwide, The Vulgar showcases over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical costumes to couture and ready-to-wear looks, with contributions from leading contemporary designers such as Walter van BeirendonckChloéChristian DiorPam HoggCharles JamesChristian LacroixLanvinMoschinoMiuccia PradaAgent ProvocateurElsa SchiaparelliPhilip TreacyUNDERCOVERViktor & RolfLouis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.