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Roksanda Ilincic’s Night At The Museum

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When lined up to enter a fashion show, it’s not often that you are waiting alongside a twelfth-century Buddhist statue or a tenth-century Islamic manuscript. But that’s what happens when the venue is London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In terms of pure, jaw-dropping beauty, the V&A is up there among the world’s finest museums. Let’s put it this way: As a venue for a fashion show, it sure beats a decrepit old warehouse in the East End. So when critical darling Roksanda Ilincic, as part of the museum’s Fashion in Motion series (previous participants include Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Alexander McQueen), staged a show for friends and family, she made a point to acknowledge the very special space. And so, this was no ordinary show. Dancers from the English National Ballet pirouetted and pas de bourrée-ed their way down the runway, weaving between models in the greatest hits from Ilincic’s past three collections. As the strains of classical music filled the room, guests visibly relaxed in their chairs. Overheard was one journalist who sighed, “Why can’t London fashion week just stage all their shows here? Then we wouldn’t be so stressed, running from one dodgy venue to another.” Hello, British Fashion Council. Are you listening?

Photo: Courtesy of V&A Images

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