When Vulgar Is Vogue

The first fashion exhibition to explore the subjective yet captivating topic of taste (read bad taste), The Vulgar aims to both compel and repel audiences.

With over 120 pieces from as far back as the Renaissance, ranging from inappropriate fan decoration to the infamous ‘tits’ tee by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, the exhibition was envisioned by seasoned fashion curator Judith Clark alongside psychoanalyst Adam Phillips.

Other contemporary labels known, indeed celebrated, for their sartorial provocations include Walter Van Beirendonck, Yves Saint Laurent, Viktor & Rolf, and Moschino.

The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, October 13, 2016 – February 5, 2017, Barbican Centre, London

Yves Saint Laurent, Mondrian dress (re-issue), 1980s

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, fall 2014

Gareth Pugh, spring 2016

Inflatable lip hat, Stephen Jones for John Galliano, spring 2015

Walter Van Beirendonck, hat by Stephen Jones, fall 2010

Viktor & Rolf, couture, spring 2015

Dior by John Galliano, couture, fall 1998

Dior by John Galliano, couture, spring 2005

Schiaparelli, couture, fall 2015

Chloé by Karl Lagerfeld, spring 1984

18th-century mantua

‘A Bevy of Cherubs’ fan, 1860s

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