Victoria and Albert Museum - 5th August 2008 - 4th January 2009

Girl standing between two binoculars on the bank of Huang Pu River, Shanghai, China 2007
Photograph by Paul Hartnett
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Sportswear has become an essential part of the modern wardrobe. Trainers and tracksuits are often more readily worn than suits, and high performance textiles developed for competition are being integrated into high-end fashion. Fashion V Sport examines the way that sports styles are adapted to make fashion statements, both on the street and through high fashion, and how sports and fashion products are consumed, customised and worn.

Explore: Dare | Display | Play | Desire

This exhibition explores the creative connections between the two worlds of fashion and sport. Recent developments have seen an increasing number of collaborations and hybrids, from fashion designers producing collections with sportswear brands to sports personalities heading fashion campaigns or even designing their own collections. Fashion V Sport will reveal the complexities and tensions between the two industries.

Stella McCartney for Adidas, Autumn/Winter 2008
Courtesy of Adidas

Breakdancers in sportswear at the UK Fresh Hip Hop showcase, UK 1986
Photograph by Paul Hartnett
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Trainers and tracksuits are often more readily worn suits