the barbican's upcoming exhibition will explore vulgarity in fashion

Where’s the line between good and bad taste?

by Lula Ososki
08 June 2016, 2:20pm

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A new exhibition opening at the Barbican this fall is set to embrace the overly popular, excessive, sexualized, kitsch, and camp world of vulgar fashion. The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined includes over 120 pieces from the Renaissance through to the 21st century, dissecting what creates the good and bad tastes that have continued to evolve through the ages. Leading designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior, Moschino, Louis Vuitton, and Miuccia Prada will be on display alongside 18th Century pieces.

Created by exhibition-maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, the exhibition also explores the relationship of fashion to the body. Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's iconic tits top will make an appearance, as well as looks by Louis Vuitton and Pam Hogg that use lace and body stockings to simultaneously reveal and conceal the body.

Jane Alison, the Head Of Visual Arts at the Barbican, shared: "I am so thrilled that we are staging The Vulgar at the Barbican. With such a bold and brilliant concept, Judith Clark and Adam Phillips have created a highly original, redefining, and hugely enjoyable exhibition about fashion past and present. Playing with juxtapositions, different themes, and vistas, they've set the stage for visitors to wonder, ponder, question, reflect or just revel in why some costumes are considered vulgar, how that changes through time, context, and experience."

The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined runs from 13 October 2016 - 5 February 2017 at the Barbican Art Gallery.


Text Lula Ososki
Photography Jason Lloyd Evans