Club to Catwalk

Victoria and Albert museum introduces an exhibition dedicated to the interaction between fashion, music and clubs in London, in the 1980s.

Text: Mariannie Samara


London has always been the birthplace of pure and genuine street style. Since the decade of the 1950, the British youth contributed to the emergence of new styles and trends. The decade of the 1980s was a decade of fashion explosions. Punk, Disco, New wave, were only some of the new comers in the music scene that gave a whole new sense to street style.

“Club to Catwalk”: the name says it all. The Clubs of London in the 80s were the place to be at that time. The Blitz, Billy’s, Camden Palace were some of the venues in which all the it-people were. Fashion designers were also a part of that. So, artists, musicians and designers blend with each other and with the crowds. The interaction between the club scene and the fashion-forward clothing was inevitable. And it led of course, to some of the most impressive results in the history of fashion. Clubs worked as an inspiration for the designers and vice versa.

Vivienne Westwood in the late 70s


The exhibition hosts more than 85 outfits, including creations by Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. It also features outfits worn by

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Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery.

Extravagant, theatrical or provocative, the styles of the period were geniuses. Don’t miss it.

Trojan and Mark at Taboo Club, 1986

Tiger’ man’s jumper by Joseph Ettedgui, 1985

Leigh Bowery and Gerlinde Costiff at London’s Taboo club in 1985. Photograph by Michael Costiff

Goth style

Glam Fetish style, 1986

Fallen Angel suit by John Galliano, 1985

‘BLITZ’ Denim jacket by Levi Strauss & Co, 1986

Adam and the Ants by Allan Ballard


The exhibition is open to public from the 10th of July 2013, until the 16th of February, 2014.
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