Fashion Together Exhibition

Silver and Porcupine Quill Ear Cuffs, Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen, Irere, Spring/Summer 2003. Courtesy of the Shaun Leane archive.

Silver and Porcupine Quill Ear Cuffs, Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen, Irere, Spring/Summer 2003. Courtesy of the Shaun Leane archive.

Fashion Together, curated by Lou Stoppard, explores the partnerships of fashion's iconic duos, including Shaun Leane and Alexander McQueen to Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy. 

The fashion industry is often seen as the home of eccentric personalities and unique, exceptional talents, but it's the collaborators, rather than the individuals, who really push the industry forward. It is this phenomenon that is the inspiration for the exhibition.

Viktor and Rolf, ‘NO’ Coat, Autumn/Winter 2008; photography Team Peter Stigter.

Viktor and Rolf, ‘NO’ Coat, Autumn/Winter 2008; photography Team Peter Stigter.

It's quite often these partnerships that push creativity to the limit. Stoppard, SHOWstudio’s editor-at-large and freelance writer and curator, says:

"I’m interested in lasting partnerships - the formative, friendships, the unions that exist behind the scenes or the decades-long working relationships that have shaped each participant’s vision and life. These relationships are common across the industry, but their complexity has been under-analysed. How is credit shared? How is work divided? Is jealousy or ownership an issue? Is there a recipe for success?"

Featured exhibitors include seven of the industry’s most accomplished partnerships: 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.

Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Visions Couture: Junya Watanabe, SHOWstudio 2011, digital film. Courtesy of SHOWstudio

Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Visions Couture: Junya Watanabe, SHOWstudio 2011, digital film. Courtesy of SHOWstudio

Showcasing some of the duos’ most acclaimed work, features will include sketches, handwritten notes and fashion editorials which will be displayed alongside garments, films and photographic prints.

Fashion Together is open at Fashion Space Gallery, London Fashion of College, 20 John Prince's Street, London, from 8 September – 13 January.

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fashion, lifestyle, artsBy Kerrie W