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Fashion Together: London College of Fashion

If you’re at Oxford Circus before 13th January 2018, be sure to pop in to the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion on John Prince’s Street. The latest in a series of fascinating exhibitions, Fashion Together, is currently on show. It’s a group exhibition curated by SHOWStudio’s Lou Stoppard and explores some of fashion’s most famous partnerships.

The exhibition shows how collaborators complement each other, bringing out unique qualities in each partner and engendering something new, beyond the (sometimes) eccentric character and unusual talent of each individual.

As Stoppard observes: ‘These relationships are common across the industry but their complexity has been under-analysed.’

Anyone who has collaborated with anyone will understand the blurring of boundaries and the need to suspend ego for the greater good. Though the exhibition is quite small, it is ingenious in the way it puts the message across. From quotes written on the floor to audio recordings and video installations, the visitor is given engrossing insights into how these collaborations are negotiated, producing some spectacular results across a range of mediums: photography, millinery, filmmaking and design.

Featured partnerships are those of Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy, Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Shaun Leane and Alexander McQueen, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Gareth Pugh and Ruth Hogben and Thom Browne and Stephen Jones.

SEEN’s personal favourites were the hypnotic films of Ruth Hogben in collaboration with designer Gareth Pugh that seemed to posit an alternative vision of the 21st century populated by alien creatures. We also loved the ‘No’ coat of Rolf & Viktor, at once witty and beautifully made. It’s worth visiting more than once though, not just for the spectacular displays but to take in the sketches and listen to the audio recordings. A series of talks, workshops and masterclasses will also be available.

Stoppard’s book Fashion Together: Fashion’s Most Extraordinary Duos on the Art of Collaboration is due for release on 17th October and will feature all the designers and artists in the exhibition plus many more.

London College of Fashion UAL
20 John Prince’s Street