Naomi Campbell’s upcoming V&A exhibition will be “revelatory” and will “celebrate her career” with visitors according to the famous London museum.
Opening on 22 June 2024 and simply titled NAOMI, this big blockbuster will examine the whole 40 year career of the world’s most famous supermodel, starting from the very beginning when she was scouted in Covent Garden aged just 15.
The fashion exhibition has been created in collaboration with Campbell, so we perhaps shouldn’t expect the most critical of eyes on the star subject, but for many people the most important aspect of the show will be the clothes on display. And from the sounds of it, they are going to be real showstoppers.
“We’re telling the story of a career through clothes – clothes that are extraordinary” the V&A’s Senior Fashion curator Sonnet Stanfill told British Vogue as the exhibition was announced.
“For me as a fashion historian, what is so fascinating is the way that her 40-year career intersects with the best of high fashion” she added.
Naomi Campbell has said that she’s honoured to be able to “share my life in clothes with the world.”
In total visitors are promised over 100 ‘looks’ that Campbell has modeled over four decades, including designs by Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianni and Donatella Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Ize, Valentino, Virgil Abloh, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent and many others.
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There’ll be lots of fashion photography too, including an exciting new installation curated by outgoing British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful, that will feature striking imagery by leading photographers such as Nick Knight, Steven Meisel and Tim Walker.
While the V&A have in the past dedicated full-scale exhibitions to fashion designers — their Chanel blockbuster is on right now, and the museum’s most visited exhibition ever was a survey of Christian Dior — and to musicians — such as David Bowie and Kylie Minogue — this will be the first time ever that the London museum will have dedicated a full-scale exhibition to a fashion model.
NAOMI V&A exhibition tickets and prices
Tickets to NAOMI are not yet on sale — and we don’t know when they will be. But as the show is expected to be popular, we can assume they will be released in early 2024. As for ticket prices, those are still unknown too.
We do know that there will be an accompanying new book from V&A Publishing, offering unique insights from Campbell herself on iconic looks from across her career.
Stanfill also said while announcing the show that “Naomi Campbell’s extraordinary career intersects with the best of high fashion. She is recognised worldwide as a supermodel, activist, philanthropist, and creative collaborator, making her one of the most prolific and influential figures in contemporary culture.”
More details on what will be on display is expected later in the year.
But if you do like your exhibitions with a bit of celeb sparkle, then you're in luck as in May 2024 the V&A will host a major exhibition of Elton John's photography collection. Or perhaps you're an architecture lover, in which case you might want to check out the upcoming Tropical Modernism display. See the full line of up of 2024 exhibitions at the V&A here.
NAOMI opens at the V&A in South Kensington from 22 June 2024 until 6 April 2025
— Also at the V&A in 2024: Elton John's expansive photography collection