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Invisible Men: Westminster Menswear Archive

Invisible Men: An Anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive, at the University of Westminster, is the largest dedicated menswear exhibition ever held in the UK. The exhibition seeks to prove that menswear is as important as womenswear in shaping both fashion’s history and fashion’s future.

The title, ‘Invisible Men’ references the fact that workwear, military and utility wear with their inherent functionality or technical properties are often ‘unseen’ in terms of influencing fashion.

Image: Invisible Men: Westminster Menswear Archive

The exhibition also explores the reinterpretation of archetypal menswear garments, originally designed to fulfil a specific purpose or role, and their reformation overtime by some of the most pioneering figures working in the menswear arena including a selection of early menswear designs by Alexander McQueen, spanning from 1997 to 1999 and never-before-seen in public.

The exhibition features 167 iconic vintage menswear pieces, as well as examples from fresh, progressive talent (such as Craig Green and Samuel Ross) who are challenging the contemporary menswear scene. Sportswear and elevated functionality is a key focus, with an analysis of technological integration into menswear including the world’s first graphene jacket by Vollebak and a Solar-powered trench coat by Junya Watanabe.

Image: CP Company at Invisible Men: Westminster Menswear Archive

Read our interview with the co-curator of Invisible Men, Professor Andrew Groves who spoke to Trendstop about realising the ground-breaking fashion showcase and the inspirations and ideas behind the exhibition here.