On my last day in London I didn’t have any shows to attend, so it was a bit more relaxed than the previous ones. I heard that there was a cultural fashion showcase, “Fashion Utopias”, in Somerset house that seemed really interesting so I decided to head over there and check it out. For anyone who doesn’t know, Somerset House is where London Fashion Week used to be located, until it was moved to Brewer Street this year and I wanted to see what the vibe was like there! This year, seeing as the official events were all in Brewer Street they used the location to showcase fashions from different cultures and countries in the “Fashion Utopia” event which was open to the public.
“Fashion Utopias”, as an exhibition, aims to “bring the optimistic visions of more than 80 emerging designers from 24 countries to London”, which is known for aspiring talent found there. “Utopia” comes from the Greak “ou-topia”, meaning no place, and “eu-topia”, which means good place. A Utopia is a combination of the two, a place existing somewhere between imaginary and ideal, and this idea is what served as the basis for this showcase. It was clear from each display how hard the creators had worked to make the designs representative of both themselves, but also their country. Each room represented a country, and every time I entered a room it was clear how much pride the designers had in their heritage and background. The designs themselves were extremely artistic, some more avante garde than others. I was also very interested in how each country used colour differently, but all in ways that stood out uniquely. There were so many extremely vivid and creative combinations, and every time I walked into a room it was like I was transported to a different place.
I had so many favourites in this exhibition – so many of them stood out for their own reasons! However, one design which particularly appealed to me was the blue and white skirt and top combination. This was a thoroughly enjoyable exhibition – it made me wish I knew more about each culture in order to appreciate it fully! After the exhibition I had nothing I needed to do so I took some time to just explore the area and see some sights – London is such a fascinating place.
I only have one more London post left, about the VOGUE 100 exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery, which should go up in the next few days. Stay tuned for that!