The Vulgar - Fashion Redefined

Exhibition, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK.


From October 13, 2016 until February 5, 2017
“Vulgarity exposes the scandal of good taste”, so said Adam Phillips.Potent, provocative, and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas, and feelings in us all. This 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, over 120 stunning objects are showcased.