He discussed the Archive as a teaching tool for students, researchers and industry professionals, such as Burberry, Versace, Rapha, Charles Jeffery, Versace, Matthew Miller, Liam Hodges, Alexander McQueen, and Hunter. It is the first archive open to the public that is dedicated only to menswear, with over 1,600 garments in the collection.
Professor Groves talked about how the WMA have developed their own digital tabloid to publicise the collection. “We wanted to open the collection up in a way that was accessible and easy to engage with, and that showed the breadth and depth of the collection.”
The Archive will be displayed in Marylebone in October 2019 in the exhibition ‘Invisible Men: An Anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive’. Of the event, Professor Groves says in the article, “It covers the last 120 years of predominantly British menswear through the display of over 170 garments, drawn exclusively from the Westminster Menswear Archive, and includes examples of uniforms, workwear, and designer ensembles.”