Fashion designer Harris Reed will be the next featured designer in the V&A’s returning Fashion in Motion series. Held in the museum’s Raphael Court on Friday 18 March, the three free shows will present highlights from Reed’s collections in a specially-commissioned fashion performance.
Fighting for the beauty of fluidity, half-American, half-British Harris Reed designs to create conversation. Growing up with a strong sense of self, Reed was able to quickly understand the transformative power of clothing and its correlation with identity and liberation. Reed’s design process takes inspiration from the current social and political issues that Reed feels most connected to. The brand’s ethos strives for a vision of genderfluidity and inclusivity and its DNA is best described by the designer as Romanticism Gone Nonbinary. For Reed, fashion is truly revolutionary and has a huge role to play in pushing the world to a more expressive and accepting place- using his platforms to share his personal visionary values, to help those seeking acceptance and self-love.
Fashion in Motion audiences can expect to see an immersive set designed for the V&A, which will feature designs from Reed’s collections exploring themes of performance, opulence and self-expression.
Harris Reed said:
Being a young queer creative, there could be no greater honour than having your work chosen to be represented in an establishment as respected as the V&A museum. As someone who creates work that truly hopes to spark a greater conversation around identity and gender expression, the way that Fashion In Motion makes fashion shows accessible to everyone, I truly hope changes the dynamic and thoughts of more people around fluidity.
Reed is a 2020 graduate of Central Saint Martin’s in London, since then, Reed has shown his collections at the first ever gender-neutral London Fashion Week and was awarded ‘Breakthrough Designer’ in GQ’s annual ‘Men of the Year’ awards in 2021. Reed is a frequent collaborator of Harry Styles –notably dressing him for American Vogue. His designs have also been worn by individuals including Adele, Olly Alexander and supermodel Iman for the 2021 Met Gala.
This Fashion in Motion comes ahead of the opening of the V&A’s major exhibition Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear, opening 19 March. One of Reed’s designs from his first ever collection will feature in the exhibition.
Oriole Cullen, V&A Senior Curator Exhibitions said:
We are so looking forward to showcasing Harris Reed’s beautifully crafted designs within the Museum’s Raphael Gallery. His garments combine spectacular silhouettes and intricate detailing with a wonderfully inclusive agenda and we are excited to share this with the Fashion in Motion audience.