From Christopher Kane’s bejewelled crocs on the catwalk, to velour Juicy Couture tracksuits, there’s no denying that some fashion trends are just downright ugly. A new exhibition at The Barbican, titled The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined will seek to examine what exactly deems a trend to be ugly.

‘Vulgarity exposes the scandal of good taste’ - Adam Phillips

Starting from the renaissance through to today’s contemporary couture the exhibition will chart trends throughout 500 years of history and the evolving notion of vulgarity within fashion. Over 120 objects will be showcased, including historical costumes (barely breathable corsets anyone?), haute couture and ready-to-wear looks (Moschino’s gaudy slogans included), with contributions from acclaimed contemporary designers such as Christian Dior, Pam Hogg and Vivienne Westwood.

13 October 2016 - 5 February 2017