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REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion  @   The Design Museum London.

(October 2023)


The Textile Skills Centre team are on tour again and before we did our workshops @the Knitting & Stitching show, we took time out to visit the Design Museum for the REBEL exhibition.



WOW! this was so interesting, whether you are going for a history lesson, a trip down memory lane or just to be inspired, there’s lots to see, not just the iconic garments, but accessories and illustrations and films.

As you walk through the exhibition there is so much to learn, about the start of upcycling, innovation in design the origins of digital printing and lots of political statements and well as why British design has a global reputation.



“This landmark exhibition is one of the most wide-ranging surveys of contemporary fashion culture ever staged in the UK, offering an unprecedented look at how careers in fashion are forged, and the multitude of opportunities London’s fashion scene offers young creatives.”


The exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme. NEWGEN supports emerging fashion designers in the aim to build brands of the future. They support by providing emerging designers with mentoring, financial grants and recognition in an increasingly competitive industry.


“The show will feature nearly 100 innovative fashion looks from ground-breaking debut and early collections, many of which have entered pop-culture history — and launched global design careers.”








“Highlights include the swan dress controversially worn by Björk at the 2001 Oscars, Harry Styles’ Steven Stokey Daley outfit from his video for ‘Golden’, and Sam Smith’s inflatable latex suit by HARRI from this year’s BRIT Awards. Collections and work by JW Anderson, Wales Bonner, Erdem, Molly Goddard, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Russell Sage, and many more will also be featured.”


The exhibition is open until the 11th February 2024



REBEL EXHIBITION - Designer Alexander McQueen