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Sport and Fashion display

Sport and Fashion

2012 was the year of the London Olympics, and to celebrate the Fashion Museum organised a special exhibition looking at the close connection between sportswear and fashion, both in 2012 and in the past.

4 February 2012 - 6 January 2013

A key exhibit in the show was the skin-suit worn by Bathonian Amy Williams MBE on her gold medal winning run in the skeleton event at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. In the exhibition the all-in-one ensemble was displayed alongside a similar 'onesie/skin suit', but this time created by leading fashion designer Pam Hogg, a style made famous that year outside the sporting arena by singer Jessie J.

That connection between clothes for active sportswear and for fashionable dress, all with similar styling, was repeated throughout the exhibition, which was arranged sport by sport, from swimming and tennis through to skiing and horse-riding. Exhibits included a historic wool tweed ensemble worn to play golf in the 1880s and a tennis dress from 2010 by Stella McCartney, who designed the ensembles worn by Team GB at the London Olympics.

Image: Gold and silver bodysuit, Spring/Summer 2011, By Pam Hogg