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Fashion V Sport

V&A is staging the Fashion V Sport exhibition this summer, in which the relationship between fashion and sports wear is explored. Part of the theme of the exhibition is the study of how street style has influenced both industries.

The exhibition will showcase around 60 outfits from leading designers. It will also illustrate how designers like Dries van Noten and Kim Jones have reworked sportswear staples such as the grey jersey tracksuit into high fashion items.

“This exhibition explores the creative connections between the two worlds of fashion and sport. Recent developments have seen an increasing number of collaborations and hybrids, from fashion designers producing collections with sportswear brands to sports personalities heading fashion campaigns or even designing their own collections. Fashion V Sport will reveal the complexities and tensions between the two industries.”

“Sportswear has become an essential part of the modern wardrobe. Trainers and tracksuits are often more readily worn than suits, and high performance textiles developed for competition are being integrated into high-end fashion. Fashion V Sport examines the way that sports styles are adapted to make fashion statements, both on the street and through high fashion, and how sports and fashion products are consumed, customised and worn.”

The exhibition runs from 5 August 2008 to 4 January 2009. Admission is £5. Call 0870 906 3883 to book your ticket now.

www.vam.ac.uk/microsites/fashion-v-sport/index.php

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