This show at the Victoria and Albert Museum deals
not only with the current clothing lines being
produced by the brightest lights in New York
fashion today, but also with the ways and means
that these creators get noticed, get talked about
and become part of the city's fashion
establishment. With the press, retailers and
manufacturers as true benefactors to young
designers—who often start out navigating
precarious financial straits—the New York fashion
world comes through as an organic whole.
Fittingly, this exhibition takes on that whole,
capturing a snapshot of a moment in time, and of
a culture in time. One of the most piquant details
is that despite this being the age of ever-larger
chains and conglomerates, New York fashion is
still largely designer-driven. Featuring twenty
stories of twenty start-ups, the show brings to
light the ways of making it work in the city
where, as they say, if you can make it there,
you can make it anywhere.

Victoria and Albert Museum
New York Fashion Now
April 17 through September 23, 2007
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
T. +44 (0)20 7942 2000