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Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

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.
  • 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

    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

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

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

  • Sinéad Burke, photographed by Tim Walker.

    Sinéad Burke, photographed by Tim Walker.

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

Booked (location to be announced)
May to September 2022

Booked (location to be announced)
October 2022 to January 2023

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

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