Present Imperfect: Disorderly Apparel Disconfigured Exhibition

Commissioned by Ligaya Salazar, Fashion Space Gallery and presented in collaboration with Centre for Fashion Curation, the exhibition is a thought-provoking play on putting fashion on display. It focuses on apparel which is damaged, worn-out or perished and was inspired by a conversation between exhibition-maker Jeffrey Horsley and curator Amy de la Haye. Present represents: Disorderly apparel reconfigured, while Imperfect represents: A playful project that tests the principal elements of exhibiting fashion: object, body, text, installation.

Object: fragile apparel framed by modular structures

Body: proposals that allude to the human form

Text: playing with format to express actual and associative narratives

Installation: configured as gallery and studio space to share working processes


Alexander McQueen Jacket

We are used to concepts of “The New” or maintained fashion as in vintage fashion, but to go beyond these boundaries is a concept that is rarely seen. They are items that are normally suppressed, over-looked or left to languish in museums stores. Present Imperfect actively displays these forgotten or rarely exhibited items with pride, their imperfections are celebrated.  Items loaned for this exhibition include a leather jacket template by Alexander McQueen, a pair of burnt Victorian kid-leather gloves, a ballet singlet borrowed from the Rambert Dance Company Archives, a worn-out Stone Island coat and a century old evening dress made by leading London couture house Redfern.

Burnt Gloves
Gloves c.1830s. Kid leather with metal thread embroidery (fire damaged, cause unknown). Lent by Alasdair Peebles.

Also on display are the working processes and ideas by the gallery curators themselves. In these you get a sense of what they had to work through and the decisions on what to included and rejected from the exhibition.

Old Dress
Redfern afternoon gown c. 1907. Silk (Shattered), wool, lace, and passementerie. Worn by Mrs Maude Rose Angas of Lissen Hall, County Tipperary, preserved in the family by Mrs Celia Moreton-Prichard.


Exhibition runs from 12 May – 4 August 2017

Fashion Space Gallery

London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London, W1G 0BJ


Opening hours
Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 12.00 noon – 4.00pm (term time only)
Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

Visitors with special access requirements should advise the college in advance of the event.

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