13 Cultural Events To Look Forward To In 2020 If You Love Fashion

If you ask us, the best way to tackle that January Blues is looking ahead at all the exciting things coming up this year – especially since, when it comes to fashion, we’re in for a treat in 2020. From major retrospective exhibitions on some of the world’s most-coveted luxury brands to West End renditions of our favourite fashion films, these are the events to pen in your diary now…

1. Copenhagen Fashion Week – 28th – 31st January

Copenhagen Fashion Week might not match the scale of its counterparts in New York, London, Paris and Milan, but it certainly comes close in terms of calibre. As Scandinavia’s largest fashion event, this is the perfect opportunity to swoon over previews of upcoming collections as well as some of the chicest street style looks around. If you’re a fan of the nonchalant Nordic look, check out the nine stylish Scandi girls you need to follow in time for Copenhagen Fashion Week here.

Copenhagen Fashion Week will take place at various venues in Copenhagen runs from 28th – 31st January.

2. ‘The Real Thing’ at the Fashion Space Gallery – 7th February – 2nd May

We’ll always remember logo-mania as one of the biggest trends of the 2010s: everywhere we looked we were confronted with bold graphic logos emblazoned across T-shirts, branded prints on scarves and signature buckles on handbags. The logos of luxury brands will always symbolise status in fashion but as long as these real items exist, so will the fakes. The Real Thing explores ideas of ‘aspiration, ownership, authenticity’ alongside the disruptive creative power of fashion bootleg. It will raise questions about capitalism, consumption and identity whilst critically interrogating how we relate to brands now.

The Real Thing is showing at the Fashion Space Gallery, London, from 7th February – 2nd May.

3. The Oscars – 10th February

Thanks to awards season, the first two months of the year are always packed with fabulous film and red carpet fashion! The Golden Globes are already behind us, so it’s the 92nd Academy Award ceremony on the 10th February that everyone’s looking forward to now. Check out the Oscar nominations that were announced this Monday and get ready for a night of great cinema, inspiring speeches and spectacular Hollywood style.

The Oscar Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, USA, on 10th February.

4. Pretty Woman: The Musical – 13th February

When it comes to on-screen style inspiration, Pretty Woman is up there with the best of them. But not only does this film offer great fashion from ’90s LA, it’s also got a hilarious script, an uplifting storyline, and a star-studded cast. So, it goes without saying that we’ve got high hopes for the musical rendition that will be choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and set to a soundtrack by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Book tickets for February now!

Pretty Woman: The Musical is showing at Piccadilly Theatre, London, from 13th February onwards.

5. ‘Kimono: Kyoto To Catwalk’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum- 29th February – 21st June

The traditional Kimono has been around since the 17th Century but its significance in society and culture has evolved significantly since then! This exhibition at the V&A explores the “sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the kimono” through the ages using paintings, prints, film and clothing. Check out the original Star Wars costumes – which were modelled around the kimono design – or the Jean Paul Gautier creation worn by Madonna in her Nothing Really Matters music video and discover how the classic kimono has inspired fashion designers around the world.

Kimono: Kyoto To Catwalk is showing at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from 29th February – 21st June.

6. ‘Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things’ at the National Portrait Gallery – 12th March – 7th June

Featuring everyone from actress Tallulah Bankhead to modernist poet Iris Tree, Princesse de Faucigny-Lucinge to glamorous socialites Edwina Mountbatten, – this upcoming exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will immerse its audience within the glitz and glam of the ‘Bright Young Things’ during the ’20s and ’30s. Explore through photography how photographer Beaton evolved from middle-class schoolboy to stylish society figure and get lost in an elaborate and creative golden era of British society which celebrated the avant-garde, intellectuals, socialites and partygoers.

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things is showing at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 12th March – 7th June.

Andy Warhol, Tate Modern, London, 12th March – 6th September.

7. ‘Andy Warhol’ at the Tate Modern – 12th March – 6th sept

With iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, as well as works never seen before in the UK on display, this major retrospective opening at the Tate Modern in March has got to be one of the biggest art events of the year. Don’t miss out on seeing the prints that defined a generation and made waves in the world of modern art!

Andy Warhol is showing at the Tate Modern, London, from 12th March – 6th September.

8. Coachella Festival – 10th – 19th April

Unlike our many British festivals, which conjure images of messy crowds, mud-drenched wellies and flooded tents, Coachella is well known for being a hot haven for the coolest celebs dressed up in their best bohemian festival gear. We can’t wait to catch the biggest performances on TV and get inspired by the attendees effortless summer style!

Coachella Festival will take place at the Empire Polo Club, California, USA, from 10th – 19th April.

Bags: Inside Out, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 25th April 2020 – 3rd January 2021.

9. ‘Bags: Inside Out’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum – 25th April 2020 – 3rd January 2021 

This exhibition will showcase over 300 bags – taken from the 16th Century to the present – and explore them as objects of display and concealment, utility and accessory.  From tiny purses to highly covetable Birkin bags and Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out will uncover the history of our favourite +1s and the skilled processes that go into creating them.

Bags: Inside Out is showing at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from 25th April 2020 – 3rd January 2021.

10. The Met Gala – 4th May

If you’re a fashion fan, then you’ll already know that the Met Gala occurs on the first Monday of May and marks the opening of the Costume Institute‘s annual fashion exhibition. It’s one of the industry’s biggest annual events and will consume your Instagram feed for days afterwards. Last year, the theme ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ inspired all sorts including a glowing gown worn by Zendaya, a chandelier-shaped number worn by Katy Perry and a shocking masked ensemble sported by Ezra Miller. This year, the theme is ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’: so brace yourself for some of the craziest and most creative looks of 2020…

The Met Gala will take place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, on 4th May.

11. Lizzie McGuire Reboot

One of the best pop-culture news of last year was that Lizzie McGuire would once again be gracing our TV screens – this time as a 30 year old living in NYC. Just as the original series served up endless ’90s style inspiration, we’re sure that we can count on the 2020 reboot for similarly fun fashion and dreamy big city backdrops!

The new series of Lizzie McGuire is expected to be released in the second half of 2020.

Prada. Front And Back, the Design Museum, London, 1st September – 31st December.

12. ‘Prada. Front And Back’ at the Design Museum – 1st September – 31st December

Believe it or not, this is the first major exhibition dedicated entirely to the iconic Italian fashion house, so it’s bound to be big! Prada. Front And Back aims to explore the house’s rich and successful history from all angles – both the public facing finished products as well as the creative approach, inspirations and infrastructure that support their production. Through handbags, shoes and some of the most iconic pieces from landmark collaborations, the exhibition will investigate how Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli have elevated Prada into the leading luxury brand it is today.

Prada. Front And Back is showing at the Design Museum, London, from 1st September – 31st December. 

13. ‘Frieze London’ at Regent’s Park – 8th – 11th October

Frieze has been showcasing work from both established and emerging artists in Regent’s Park every October for over 15 years now and the weekend has become one of the industry’s most hotly-anticipated annual events. Expect to be amazed by anything and everything, from intricate paintings to elaborate glass installations or immersive performative artworks. Since it’s a hotspot for creatives and socialites alike, it’s also a great place for style spotting too! Check out our favourite works from last year’s show here.

Frieze London is showing at Regents Park, London, from 8th – 11th October.


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