This exhibition examines how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk.

The first exhibition of its kind in the world, Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk will explore how fashion creatives are embracing inclusivity and body positivity by exploring five key themes: size; gender and sexuality; age; race and disability. It will champion the people, designs, and voices influencing positive body image and inclusivity, presenting key looks that show pivotal developments in contemporary fashion.

On display will be catwalk ensembles from designers including Ferragamo, Ashish, Pam Hogg and Jean Paul Gaultier, brought to life through film, photography and fashion publications.

Highlights include a classic Max Mara camel wool coat with a matching hijab worn by model Halima Aden, a Burberry trench coat customised for the disabled academic and writer Sinéad Burke, and a bustier by Chromat designed for curve model Denise Bidot for the SS15 catwalk.

Interviews will capture the different perspectives of key influencers in the industry, from casting directors and models to stylists, photographers, editors, educators and advocates. The exhibition will also draw on the work of students from Edinburgh College of Art’s Diversity Network, incorporating the voices of the next generation of young designers.

FashionContemporary artEdinburgh

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2EL

0131 624 6200


Opening times

Daily, 10am –​ 5pm (until 7pm Thur) Extended opening until 6pm during August

Free to all

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