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Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk (Touring)

Start Date 08 February 2020
End Date 09 August 2020
Venue Textil Museet
Location Boras, Sweden
Curator Georgina Ripley, National Museum of Scotland
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

In the exhibition Body Beautiful, a new generation of fashion designers challenges today’s standards and beauty ideals on various levels. On the catwalk, in advertising, fashion magazines and even behind the camera.

Things are starting to happen in the fashion industry. An industry that for a long time has been exclusive and contributed to unhealthy body ideals is now beginning to be questioned and rethought. A development is underway where representation and inclusion are becoming more common. Models of different ages, sizes and origins are starting to appear more and more often on the catwalk.

The exhibition Body Beautiful is built around five themes: size, gender, age, disabilities and ethnicity. In addition to garments from famous designers such as Max Mara, Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood and Jean-Paul Gaultier, filmed interviews are shown with influencers, models, stylists, photographers and editors who share their opinions and experiences of the fashion industry. We also get to see pictures from the catwalk by the legendary fashion photographer Chris Moore.

The exhibition comes from the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh and consists of about twenty garments from private deposits and the National Museums Scotland’s own textile and fashion collection. The Textile Museum in Borås is the first to show the touring exhibition Body Beautiful.

The Textile Museum has adapted the exhibition’s texts and design.

Thanks to:
Borås City Accessibility
Consultant Multicultural Center
RFSL Sjuhärad

The exhibition is produced by the National Museums Scotland.

Cellbes is the main partner for the Body Beautiful exhibition at the Textile Museum.


Edinburgh: 23 May – 13 October 2019

Stockholm: 08 February – 09 August 2020

Image courtesy of the Textil Museet, Boras.