Skip Navigation or Skip to Content
Sinead Burke With A Christopher Kane Outfit Copyright Neil Hanna

Sinéad Burke with a Christopher Kane outfit she has loaned to the exhibition, displayed on a mannequin cast from her body. Copyright Neil Hanna.

Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

Sinéad Burke with a Christopher Kane outfit she has loaned to the exhibition, displayed on a mannequin cast from her body. Copyright Neil Hanna.

This exhibition examines how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.

Body Beautiful's tour has now finished, and the exhibition is no longer available for hire.

  • Amos Mac for & Other Stories.jpg

    Valentijn De Hingh and Hari Nef. Photographed for the historic all-transgender campaign for & Other Stories. Shot in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2015 © Amos Mac / @amosmac @theamosmac

  • ANT_5571.jpg

    Model line-up wearing slogan t-shirts ahead of Simply Be's AW17 Curve Catwalk © Simply Be Curve Catwalk AW17

  • TW_D_18_SINEAD_02_0019 1500px.jpg

    Sinéad Burke, photographed by Tim Walker.

  • Approved_ASHI_RTW_SS17_0155_Chris M.jpg

    Ashish’s ready-to-wear, Spring/Summer 2017  collection celebrated Indian culture as an integral part of British culture. © Chris Moore Catwalking

  • chromat.jpg

    Chromat model Denise Bidot walks the Chromat SS15 Formula 15 Runway Show on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Photo: JP Yim.

View full screen

The first exhibition of its kind in the world, Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk looks at how fashion creatives are embracing inclusivity and body positivity by exploring five key themes: size; gender; age; race and disability. Visitors will learn how the industry is calling into question existing practice, and why it must address diversity from the inside out to reappraise contemporary ideals of beauty.

The exhibition features 26 garments and supporting material. Included are pivotal looks from designers including Max Mara, Ferragamo, Ashish, Vivienne Westwood, Pam Hogg, Dries Van Noten and Jean Paul Gaultier, alongside films featuring key influencers in the industry, from models and stylists to photographers, editors and educators. Bespoke mannequins, mounts and catwalk images with rights cleared are included.

Exhibition Specifications

Venue gallery size: 200 sqm minimum

Conservation and security: High

Standard rental length: 16 weeks

Download the Body Beautiful tour pack

International touring schedule

Textilmuseet, Borås, Sweden
8 February to 9 August 2020

The Civic, Barnsley
13 August to 26 November 2021

TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth
4 February to 29 April 2022

The Wilson, Cheltenham
23 July to 2 October 2022

The Amelia, Tunbridge Wells
21 October 2022 to 25 November 2022



Header: Sinéad Burke alongside her mannequin with dress and handbag by Christopher Kane, London, 2018, adapted from Spring/Summer 2018 collection © Neil Hanna Photography

Body Beautiful Tour Pack
PDF (491 KB)

You may be interested in

Back to top