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The Fashion Revolution

Attendees joined cultural historian David Crowley to examine the legacy of the Soviet avant-garde in fashion and film design in the second part of the Imagine Moscow Lecture Series.

What to expect

The October Revolution represents one of the most significant moments in our architectural and design history. Now one hundred years on, this lecture series explores the design and wider cultural context of that time, as well as its impact on the present.

The October Revolution was a one-off, world-changing event and yet it was revived obsessively throughout the history of the Soviet Union. Perestroika and glasnost - last-ditch attempts to save the Soviet system - were presented as a revival of the Leninist spirit. In this talk, cultural historian David Crowley explored the ways in which the revolution and, in particular, the language of the Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s was remembered and recycled in Eastern Europe in the last decade the communist rule in the 1980s in ironic fashion parades, 'de-constructivist' paper architecture schemes and even pop music videos.

Imagine Moscow: Lectures on Russian Design is produced in association with GRAD Gallery.

El Lissitzky, Proun, 1922-23, gouache pencil on paper. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Booking information

Adult £10, student/concession £7.50, Members £9

For a five day priority booking period Members have access to a limited number of tickets that are available at a 10% discount before tickets go on general release.


David Crowley

David Crowley is Professor and Head of Critical Writing at the Royal College of Art. A specialist in art and design histories of Eastern Europe under communist rule, he has curated several exhibitions, including at the V&A and Calvert 22.

Related exhibition

Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, it explores Moscow as it was imagined by a generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and 1930s.

Background image: El Lissitzky, Proun, 1922-23, gouache pencil on paper. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.