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External Exhibitions

In addition to staging our own exhibitions, we frequently lend items from our collection for exhibitions staged by other curators or institutions. Recent exhibitions featuring garments from the Westminster Menswear Archive have included Tartan, V&A Dundee; Fashion City: How Jewish Londoners Influenced Global Style, Museum of London; Dandy Style, Manchester Art Gallery; Style in Revolt, T-10/SKP-S, Beijing; C.P. Company Cinquanta, Milan; and Workwear, Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

Workwear exhibition Het Nieuwe Instituut

Workwear

The Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam has unveiled a comprehensive new fashion exhibition devoted to workwear, which includes several garments from the Westminster Menswear Archive. It includes an extremely rare jacket known as the beekeeper, designed by Moreno Ferrari in 2000 for the Italian sportswear brand C.P. Company and inspired by the study of actual beekeeper uniforms. In addition, the Westminster Menswear Archive lent an example of contemporary beekeeper attire.

The Westminster Menswear Archive also loaned a Japanese Sashiko fireman's coat, a 19th century British workwear smock, a French chainmail apron, a pair of British Police CBRN overboots, and an American firefighters proximity suit.

Tartan

V&A Dundee

1 April 2023 to 14 January 2024

Tartan at the V&A Dundee celebrates the global story of a unique pattern - how the rules of the grid have inspired creativity from the everyday to the sublime. It is Scotland's first major exhibition in 30 years focusing solely on the iconic textile and pattern, and features several garments from the Westminster Menswear Archive, including a tartan evening jacket from the 1950s, BOY London punk bondage trousers, a man's tartan smock dress by Gucci, a CC41 Utility sweatshirt top, and a Palm Angels tartan tracksuit jacket.​

Also on show is an outfit from Owen Edward Snaith, who graduated Westminster in 2022 and whose outfit was acquired by the archive last year. 

Tartan Dundee
Dandy Style

Dandy Style

Manchester Art Gallery

7 October 2022 to 1 May 2023

Dandy Style, at the Manchester Art Gallery that explored 250 years of menswear from the 18th century to the present day, and included several loans from the Westminster Menswear Archive, including a British Army Grenadier Guards Drummer Tunic made by Kashket & Partners Ltd in 1989. In addition, there was a late 1980s John Richmond double-breasted black blazer with leather sleeves, as well as Nicholas Daley's 2019 orange and dark blue track suit for Fred Perry.
Also included was a Martine Rose printed Jacket, a BodyMap jumpsuit with an asymmetric print and a hand painted canvas Jacket from Craig Green's AW 2014 collection

C.P. Company Cinquanta

Base Milano, Milan
15 – 17 January 2022
The exhibition 'CINQUANTA' features a retrospective of Italian sportswear and casual wear from the past fifty years. The exhibition features exclusive C.P. COMPANY archive pieces alongside original material, the projects that shaped the brand's history, and a special section dedicated to the 50th anniversary celebrations and collaborations. Several garments from the Westminster Menswear Archive were included including the Transformables tent designed by Moreno Ferrari.

C.P. Company Milan
Style in Revolt

Style in Revolt

T-10/SKP-S, Beijing, China

16 December 2021 – 1 March 2022

In the first exhibition of its kind in China, Style in Revolt is the story of street culture narrated through the lens of its most influential figures. By bringing together the voices of artists, fashion designers, photographers, graphic designers, magazine editors, street culture aficionados and creative polymaths, the exhibition both informs and inspires audiences through an authentic, multi-sensory experience. The archive loaned several garments from Witches, Vivienne Westwood, and Malcolm McLaren's final collection for their World's End label for A/W 1983/4 to the exhibition.

C.P. Company Cinquanta

Darwen, Lancashire
1– 10 October 2021

C.P. Company presents a retrospective dedicated to five decades of Italian sportswear and Massimo Osti's lasting legacy as part of the 2021 British Textile Biennial. The exhibition will include exclusive C.P. Company archive pieces from the label's illustrious history. Along with the exhibition, a series of activities will be held, including student workshops and panel discussions featuring speakers from the brand as well as respected names in sportswear and casual culture.

C.P. Company Darwen
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