Love Thy Denim Exhibition celebrates the many faces of denim from its workwear heritage in the Wild West to its adoption by mainstream fashion and becoming a staple in everyday wardrobes.

Inspired by 18th century court dress worn by Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, the ISKO™ commission was made for the Love Thy Denim exhibition using fabrics supplied by ISKO™, one of the exhibition’s sponsors.

Designed by Winchester-based Kylie Crompton-Malcolm of British label Monday I’m in Love, and created in collaboration with pattern cutter Russell Wharton, the concept behind the ISKO™ commissioned piece was to show the versatility and beauty of denim. Five different weights of denim were washed, bleached and manipulated to reference 1970s punk, with trim detailing to the bodice and studs to the sleeves. The result is a dramatic glamorous piece that combines historical and contemporary design.

There are many key pieces on display, including a jacket and trousers from Vivienne Westwood’s 1991 Cut, Slash and Pull collection, the first time that this ensemble has been out on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A). Among the other exhibition highlights are a Jean Paul Gaultier men’s ensemble on loan from the Fashion Museum, Bath, a Burberry denim trench coat, a piece from Maison Margiela’s SS2009 Artisanal Collection and 19th century denim artifacts dug up from US silver mines.

The emphasis is not just on fashion and clothing.  Iconic denim advertising images, denim accessories including sunglasses and even denim art from Ian Berry -aka Denimu- are present.

A small sample of a variety of different weights and washes, supplied by ISKO™, are also available for visitors to discover the world of denim.

“We are so excited to have such an extraordinary and eclectic variety of pieces to show at what promises to be a thrilling exhibition,” said Janet Owen, Chief Executive at Hampshire Cultural Trust, organizer of Love Thy Denim.

27 August – 23 October 2016

The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre

29 October – 21 December 2016

Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre

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