The exhibition features a range of historical military garments dating back to the First World War alongside their adaptive high-end fashion versions and a selection of unusual artifacts that have adapted camouflage for their own means.
A range of modern camouflage designs is also on show from designers including Adidas Originals, Ashish, Coach, Griffin, Jeremy Scott, MA.Strum, Maharishi, Nanamica, One True Saxon, Penfield, Plurimus, Ralph Lauren and Stone Island. All of these examples underlines the importance of camouflage and military design as fundamental in the design and development of civilian menswear.
Speaking about the exhibition, Andrew Groves, Course Director of BA Fashion Design at the University said:
"The Vanishing Art of Camouflage is the first exhibition to be curated drawing extensively on the newly formed Westminster Menswear Archive. The Archive was founded for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a collection of menswear garments to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view. For too long the study of fashion and design has focused solely on womenswear, and this is an attempt to address that imbalance and also to show how menswear has also informed womenswear design.
"The Archive is also intended to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline and to be used as a resource tool to inform contemporary menswear design."