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Westminster University Opens Archive Dedicated to Men’s Fashion

Dedicated to Men's Fashion

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Westminster University has created what they believe to be a fashion-world first. At their Harrow campus they have created a dedicated archive of men’s fashion, the first of its kind to ever be opened to the public. Containing more than 1000 garments, the archive includes designs from famous names like Burberry and Alexander Queen, along with rare military clothing that has never been on display before. The military clothing dates back as far as World War One and has been included to illustrate the impact that military designs have had on menswear for many years.

A Stylish Social History

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A Stylish Social History

It is not the first time that Westminster University has made news in the menswear world. The new archive looks set to attract plenty of attention, and Mr Groves, the course director of Westminster’s BA in menswear, has said that the collection will appeal to everyone with an eye for fashion.

It also opens up a fascinating view on the past, and there are key pieces from Barbour, Levi’s, Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garcons, all of whom have shifted the boundaries of fashion in recent years.

Groves believes the archive is pulling together a social history of menswear in the UK and that the small existing community will grow as it gets greater exposure. Men’s fashion is something of a niche market, and Groves hopes that the archive will inspire others and show them how much of role fashion has played over the ages.

An Accurate Overview of Fashion

Pieces in the archive date back from the 1900s and include classic and contemporary designs that have inspired today’s styles. Everything from the men’s Farah shirts that can be purchased online at to military greatcoats that inspired Alexander McQueens collection are included, showing how style has evolved over the years, and how much of it has also stayed the same.

Groves’ intention has been to inspire a new generation of menswear designers by giving them insight into the past and pushing them towards the future. He realized that there was only a small collection of garments in the university’s archive, but there was scope and need for a greater collection. Now his dream has been realised, and the public can also appreciate the many styles that have shaped the men’s fashion world over the last century.