London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery hosts a new show Inside Arc – an exhibition drawing from the rarely-seen garments, accessories and other items amassed into a comprehensive archive by designer Jennefer Osterhoudt and stylist Nick Royal.
The Arc is Jennefer’s working archive and features work by John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, both of whom are past collaborators, having worked with them when she was as an accessories designer in Paris during the 1990s. Co-created by stylist Nick Royal, the archive keeps growing and features a vast array of vintage items and contemporary designer pieces.
The exhibition highlights the eccentricities and rarities from this working archive, showing elaborate toiles in luxurious fabrics, revealing the complex and labour-intensive techniques used by high fashion to create rarities such as the ‘Evita’ jacket worn by Madonna in her 1994 ‘Take a Bow’ video.
This constantly expanding collection is regularly used in contemporary shoots and campaigns. It continues to evoke and inspire processes from fashion greats such as Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.
Jennefer Osterhoudt says: “I feel very proud that the collection is being put on display – I’m really happy that it’s no longer sitting in storage. I’m especially excited for people to see excerpts from my ‘Bible’ which has been my main tool throughout my career as an accessories designer and something I took to my very first interview with McQueen. This collection is my work and my identity – I have always been a hoarder of fashion items and get a thrill out of coming across an Alaïa or Chanel piece in a charity shop. I always brought my treasured finds from San Francisco back to Paris and London and shared them with Galliano, McQueen and the other designers I’ve worked alongside as inspiration. I think, to them, it was really valuable to be able to see the real American culture that they had no access to.”
‘Inside Arc’ @ Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ, from 11 May to 28 July 2018