As a household name, Naomi Campbell likely needs little introduction, but an entire career retrospective is sure to have crowds flocking to learn more about the fashion model’s fascinating story.
This exciting new exhibition, titled NAOMI, is strutting along the catwalk and into the V&A in the summer of 2024, and it marks the first time a model’s entire career has been showcased at the museum. The display on Campbell’s career will run all the way from June 22, 2024 to April 6, 2025, so there’s no shortage of time to plan a trip to the show for yourself.
What can we expect from the NAOMI exhibition next summer?
In a spectacle that spans the trailblazing 40-year career of Naomi Campbell, visitors will be able to discover details from how the Streatham-born model was scouted in Covent Garden aged just 15 to becoming the first black model to appear on the cover of Paris Vogue – aged 18 – in 1988 to her work in activism and championing creatives that ‘transcend traditional parameters of the fashion catwalk model role’ today.
NAOMI, will showcase the model’s ability to ‘walk’ the catwalk, while outlining the many collaborations she has created with fashion houses across 40 years in the industry, with Campbell’s voice firmly at the forefront. Visitors can clap their eyes with outfits from the era-travelling wardrobe of Naomi Campbell, including over 100 looks in the collection from the likes of, -deep breath-, Alexander McQueen; Vivienne Westwood; Gianni and Donatella Versace; Chanel; Yves Saint Laurent; Dolce & Gabbana; Jean Paul Gaultier; Valentino; Azzedine Alaïa; Karl Lagerfeld; Virgil Abloh; John Galliano; Kenneth Ize; and many, many more.
Once you’ve gawked at all the outfits, you’ll also be able to take in the stunning fashion photography featured across the exhibit, with images from the likes of Nick Knight, Steven Meisel, and Tim Walker brought together in an installation by Edward Enniful OBE.
Elsewhere at NAOMI, the exhibition will honour those who mentored Campbell, which includes figures such as Nelson Mandela, who served as an inspiration for her to use her platform for social change. It’ll also highlight her work alongside Iman and Bethann Hardison, who she has campaigned for The Diversity Coalition with since 2013 to celebrate diversity on catwalks.
Speaking on the exhibition, Naomi Campbell said: “I’m honoured to be asked by the V&A to share my life in clothes with the world.”
NAOMI, the career retrospective of Naami Campbell, will run at the V&A between June 22, 2024 to April 6, 2025.