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The fashion events you can't miss in 2019


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In 2018, we saw exhibitions celebrating everyone from Balenciaga to Mary Quant and 2019 is set to be just as spectacular.

The first half of the year is packed full of fashion based events, talks and exhibitions, and we've made a list of all of the best ones you can't miss. Sustainability and ethical fashion choices became a huge topic in 2018, and this has certainly been reflected in the selection of fashion based events coming to the UK in 2019. 

From sustainability to feminism to the clothes of Princess Diana, whatever your interests there's a fashion event for you.

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 Aashni & Co showcase, 13th January

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The Aashni + Co wedding show is returning to the uber-luxe Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair on January 13th. Despite being a wedding show, the showcase celebrates some of India and Pakistan's most celebrated designers, so is a great way to get a look at some of the fashion houses latest collections.

Couture gowns, accessories and fine jewellery will fill the Dorchester in the one-off event that isn't just for brides to be. 

Location: The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

Tickets: £30

The Big Clothes Swap, 20th January

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Endorsed by Fashion Revolution (read more about their ethical survey here) the big clothes swap in Exeter is a great way to update your wardrobe without spending very much at all! Just pay the £3 entry fee (all proceeds go to Amnesty International) and have the chance to swap your clothes with others... you know what they say - one man's trash is another man's treasure!

Any clothes not swapped will be donated to charity and given to refugees, so it's for a great cause. 

Location: The Lemon Grove, St German's Rd, Exeter EX4 6TG

Tickets: £3 Entry 


VTG Pop-up vintage fair, 29th January

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A pop-up clothing fair celebrating all things pre-loved and vintage is coming to Nottingham. Classic vintage sellers will be combined with stalls from ASOS marketplace and Depop. 

On Tuesday 29th of January, Nottingham Trent Student's Union will be full of genuine 80s and 90s vintage sportswear. Support independent brands and sellers by giving the fair a visit. Shopping pre-owned clothing is not only a great way to find unique gems but also good for the environment. 

Location: Nottingham Trent Student's Union, NG1 4GH

Tickets: Free 

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Opens 2nd February 

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The latest designer to get the V&A exhibition treatment is Christian Dior. The beloved late French couturier's designs will be displayed, dating back to the 40s. 

The exhibition will not only showcase the work of Dior himself, but also his successor John Galliano and designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is at the helm of the beloved brand today.

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2R

Tickets: From £20

Royal Women, 3rd February - 28th April

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Princess Diana isn't the only fashion royalty worth celebrating! The Fashion Museum in Bath is exhibiting iconic garments from a selection of fashion-savvy princesses. The Queen Mother and Princesses Elizabeth, Margaret and Alexandra will all have gowns on display.

The highlight of the exhibition is sure to be any gowns belonging to the late Princess Margaret. A patron for Dior, she was known as much for her style as she was for her royal title.

Location: Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH

Tickets: From £8.50


The Circle: Global Feminism, 6th February

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The Circle, a charity chaired by Annie Lennox, is hosting a series of feminist events in 2019. The Global Feminism event is a discussion between Safia Minney and Tansy Hoskins, two authors who use their platforms to highlight the negative impacts of the fast fashion industry and the need to end modern-day slavery for the millions of women who work within it.

More and more people are becoming interested in learning about fast fashion and its impact (and rightly so) and this event is sure to educate and inspire.

Location: Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ

Tickets: £7 (Student)

Diana: Her fashion story (until 17th February)

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The exhibition chronicling the late Princess of Wales' iconic wardrobe is on display until mid-February. A fashion icon of the 80s and 90s, Princess Diana's dresses are well worth visiting. It includes a huge selection of her most famous looks, including that infamous gown she wore in 1985 to the White House to dance with John Travolta.

A ticket includes admission to Kensington Palace, which is a beautiful, historic building (and home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex) so it's a great day out.

Location: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX 

Tickets: From £12.70


Graduate Fashion Week (2nd - 5th June)

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Showcasing the work of the fashion superstars of the future, Graduate Fashion Week is a must for any student interested in fashion. The event includes everything from clothing displays to industry talks to incredible catwalks and is a great way to meet the designers behind the clothes. 

With industry heavyweights including the likes of Christopher Bailey (former creative director at Burberry) and Vivienne Westwood being a huge part of the event, it's not one you'll want to miss!

Location: Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

Tickets: TBC

These events will take you up to June 2019, so look out on The National Student later on in 2019 for our roundup for the second half of the year. 

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