The new exhibition, The Vulgar:Fashion Redefined at the Barbican Art Gallery has a very wide definition of vulgar indeed. Running from 13th October to 5th February it is a blockbuster show for the Barbican Centre.
Divided into spaces with a different definition of vulgar in each and with outfits running from the Renaissance through to the current day what this show does offer is a fantastic opportunity to see stunning examples of haute couture that most of us will never have the chance to get close to.
The Vulgar is quite a dry academic exhibition without the fun elements that were such a delight in the Barbican’s Jean Paul Gaultier show, it seems to imply that all fashion can be considered vulgar in its day, I certainly came away feeling that I fitted the definitions quite well!
Where The Vulgar shows its worth is in the quality of the exhibits, its questioning of the term with regards to class ( basically if one is Upper Class one never wears the height of fashion, perfect example is of course the young Windsors) good and bad taste and exposes in the case of American Vogue the particularly vulgar cover of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
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