How typical, you wait forever for a good fashion exhibition to come along, and then two open at the same time. A week after the Christian Louboutin retrospective opened its doors at the Design Museum, Hermès is celebrating its 175th anniversary and its special relationship with London with a new exhibition called “Leather Forever” at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Exploring the brand’s love for leather, the exhibition takes you through the making of the iconic bags (with 2 people actually working on a bag live – sadly you do not get to take the bag with you at the end. I tried.), a tour through the history of Hermès, a look at its iconic bags (more Birkins and Kelly’s you’ll ever see in one place), its equestrian heritage, a room with some fantastic unique commissions (my favourite room by far! I want the winged saddle!), and much much more.
To celebrate the exhibition, Hermès has also created 4 unique handbags representing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, which will go up for an online auction at Christies starting 14th of May and ending 31st of May, with all proceeds going to the Royal Academy of Arts.
It’s an absolute must-see for fans of the brand, as it’s a great way to discover the brand’s incredible 175 year history. On top of that, it’s absolutely free! But hurry, the exhibition ends May 27th!
Hermès Leather Forever
Royal Academy of Arts
6 Burlington Gardens
May 8-27, Open Monday to Sunday 10am-6pm (10pm on Fridays)
You can find more pictures of the exhibition on the Alex Loves Facebook Page (and maybe “Like” me while you’re at it? Merci!)