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

Adidas Originals Materials of the World - England
jacket and cropped trousers, 2008
Courtesy of Adidas

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Dare: Technical Innovation

Function and high performance are of primary concern in the design of sportswear. Companies invest a considerable amount of time and money into researching performance-enhancing garments and footwear.

Recently, fashion designers have integrated many of these technologies into their designs, often in direct collaboration with sports corporations. At the same time, sportswear has become increasingly fashionable and self-aware, often looking back at its own design history.

Michael Phelps in Speedo LAZR Racer swimsuit in collaboration with Comme des Garçons, 2008
Courtesy of Speedo

Visvim Lieutenant pea-coat, 2007
Courtesy of Cubism.