Top 5 Exhibitions in January


It’s January, its cold, dark and generally not a very pleasant month. So why not brighten it up with some exhibitions, here are our top 5 picks, some are opening in January and others have been running for longer. 

Undressed: A brief history of underwear

The V&A Museum until 12th of March

This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality.

Price: £12

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The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined

The Barbican until the 5th of February

Potent, provocative and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas and feelings in us all. The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion, from the renaissance through to contemporary design. Examining the constantly evolving notion of vulgarity in fashion whilst revelling in its excesses, you are invited to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.

Drawn from major public and private collections worldwide, The Vulgar showcases over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical costumes to couture and ready-to-wear looks, with contributions from leading contemporary designers.

Price: £14.50

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Josef Frank Patterns-furniture-paintings

Fashion and textile museum from the 28th of January until the 7th of May

Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design ideas. Together they redefined what is regarded as Swedish Modern. This exhibition in association with Millesgården, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant fabric designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours.

Price: £9.90

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Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and drawings

Serpentine Sackler Gallery until 12th of February

Zaha Hadid is widely regarded as a pioneering and visionary architect whose contribution to the world of architecture was groundbreaking and innovative. The Serpentine presentation, first conceived with Hadid herself, reveals her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work and will include the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships. The show focuses on Hadid’s early works before her first building was erected in 1993 (Vitra Fire Station in Germany) and presents her paintings and drawings from the 1970s to the early 1990s.

Price: Free

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Love and fear: Reactions to a complex world

The Design Museum until the 23rd of April

These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including: networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.

The exhibition asserts that design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but also to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a bold, multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.                                                                                                     

Price: £14

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