THE Victoria and Albert Museum will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jenny Packham this summer. The museum will host an evening of free catwalk shows, featuring highlights of the designer's collections to date - as part of its Fashion in Motion series.
"Our 25th year provides the perfect timing to take part in Fashion in Motion, which will present looks from past collections and include some of our most iconic pieces," said Packham. "It's a pleasure to be able to present these within the inspiring space of the V&A's Raphael Gallery."
On July 19, four catwalk shows will take place in the venue's Raphael Gallery. Each show will feature a selection of Packham's favourite dresses - including a full-length tulle gown from the autumn/winter 2005-06 collection (previously modelled by Erin O'Connor on the catwalk), and a bright pink embellished mini-dress from the spring/summer 2009 show.
"We are delighted to be showing the work of Jenny Packham at the V&A, to reach 25 years is a real achievement and a great success story for British Fashion," said Oriole Cullen, V&A Fashion in Motion curator. "Following the recent success of our Ballgowns exhibition, we know that our audiences will really enjoy seeing Jenny's elegant dresses and appreciate the change to have an up-close view of the cut, drape and intricate embellishments of her work."
The V&A's Fashion in Motion series brings catwalk shows by leading international designers to the UK - with the aim of showcasing fashion as it's meant to be seen: in movement. Previous names to have participated in the initiative include Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Roksanda Ilincic and Christian Lacroix.
Tickets for Fashion in Motion: Jenny Packham are free and will be available to book from July 8. Call 020 7942 2820 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting to book.