The world’s largest museum of design, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, has announced it will be dedicating a whole exhibition to the force of nature that is Naomi Campbell, starting from her early years until recently.
The news comes at the close of the V&A’s other fashion exhibition, which explored the life of Coco Chanel. But, you may ask, what has Naomi ever done for fashion?
Well, few names are as synonymous with fashion modelling as Naomi Campbell’s. The English model has been in the public eye since the late 80s, was one of the first handful of runway models to be recognised as a ‘supermodel’, and was the first black woman to ever feature on the covers of Time, Vogue France, and the September issue of American Vogue.
Her work on the runway has become iconic, and she has walked for the likes of Gianni Versace, Yves Saint LAurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Roberto Cavalli, and Victoria’s Secret, to mention but a few. She’s also worked in reality TV, featured nude alongside Madonna in the latter’s controversial book called Sex, been in Playboy, released an R&B album, and starred in a number of movies.
As such, it should come as no surprise that this exhibition, called NAOMI, will be a feast for the senses taking us from the heights of the glitzy (and sometimes kitsch) 80s, all the way to today. It will feature over 100 looks worn by the supermodel over the past 40 years both on catwalks and in her personal life, as well as photographs by a myriad of leading photographers, like Tim Walker and Steven Meisel.
Tickets to Naomi are expected to go on sale soon, with the exhibition running from June 22, 2024, until April 6, 2025.