John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne
Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Kenzo
have all created catwalk pieces inspired by the
sea. Over the last 150 years nautical and naval
styles have become a fashion trend that – thanks
to designer and high street collections by the likes
of Top Shop – has entered millions of wardrobes.
This exhibition assembles garments and outfits
loaned from costume collections and designer
archives that explore this fascination with
appropriating maritime styles. It traces the nautical
trend back to 1846, when Queen Victoria had
a sailor suit made for her son, the four-year-old
Albert Edward to wear aboard the Royal Yacht.
Then it explores how the style was adopted
by the New Romantics, gay subculture, and pop
stars such as Marc Bolan and the Village People.
Highlights include a naval-inspired costume worn
by Adam Ant, pirate outfits by Westwood
and Galliano, and Gaultier's blue-and-white-striped
Breton tops and bell-bottom trousers.

July 25 through December 2, 2007
Park Row
London SE10 9NF
T.+ 44 20 8858 4422