Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk
23 May - 20 Oct 2019
Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3
Discover how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.
This exhibition is free
Recent seasons have seen the most racially diverse, size diverse and gender-inclusive fashion shows in history, with brands like New York’s Chromat leading the way. In London, Teatum Jones passed up the runway altogether for Spring/Summer 2019’s Round Table not Runway, bringing fashion leaders and activists together for an empowering discussion on the industry’s responsibility to better reflect society.
In this exhibition, see examples from fashion creatives who are embracing inclusivity and body positivity, exploring themes such as size, gender, age, race and disability. Learn how the industry is calling into question existing practice, and why becoming more inclusive behind the scenes will ensure a genuine reappraisal of contemporary ideals of beauty.
See pivotal looks from designers including Max Mara, Ashish, Vivienne Westwood, Pam Hogg and Jean Paul Gaultier, alongside catwalk photography by Chris Moore, and hear from key influencers in the industry, from models and stylists to editors and educators.
Body Beautiful Round Table
Join us at our Body Beautiful Round Table on Thu 3 October at National Museum of Scotland.
Panellists include educator and activist Sinéad Burke, writer and model Jamie Windust, fashion journalist Alyson Walsh and designers Teatum Jones and Georgina Johnson and international supermodel, broadcaster and curator Eunice Olumide.
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Header image: Model line-up wearing slogan t-shirts ahead of Simply Be's AW17 Curve Catwalk ©Simply Be Curve Catwalk AW17.