Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood

A thematic exhibition looking at inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights include 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald. The exhibition charts the influence of art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation.

The archive loaned a series of vintage prints taken for an editorial knitwear story for Queen magazine in 1964. The photographs, featuring a range of knitwear garments feature model Victoria Stevens and were taken on location at Huddersfield Mill. Unusually, the images not only use the mill as a backdrop but some shots also include the mill workers themselves.