WE LIKE IT: THE MISSING THREAD

This unmissable show at Somerset House celebrates the impact of Black creativity on the story of British fashion

By Ben Perdue, Head of Content and Editorial

8-minute read






Exploring the untold stories of black British fashion, Spring London visited The Missing Thread exhibition at Somerset House. Spanning from the 1970s to the present day, the exhibit, curated by the Black Oriented Legacy Development Agency, presents a journey through the shifting landscape of Black British culture and the unique contribution it has made to Britain's rich design history.

Examining how the cultural, counter-cultural, political, and socio-economic backdrop of the 20th and 21st centuries have shaped Black style and in turn mainstream fashion culture, the show contextualises Black creativity’s impact on music, photography, art and design. An influence that often goes unacknowledged, which is why the exhibition also celebrates the work of Black creatives who have been misrepresented or completely left out of British fashion’s story.

Featuring the late Joe Casely-Hayford’s archive and a series of new commissions by contemporary Black designers, including Bianca Saunders, Saul Nash, and Nicholas Daley.  

The Missing Thread is at Somerset House until 7th January



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