I was lucky enough to see the Browns' 40th anniversary commemorative exhibition behind Carnaby Street before it closed. The exhibition started with a Missoni dress and Cacharel suit (above) as they were some of the first labels stocked and had old and new designer greats including Alexander McQueen, Al, Albert Elbaz for Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Mark Fast, Karl Lagerfield for Chloe, David Korma, Alexander Wang and more with beautiful portraits of fashion figures with the clothes displayed.
It was a fantastic interactive fashion and history lecture as this exhibition emphasised the 'boutique culture' of the late 20th century, diversity of the designers and labels chosen and a timeline of certain designers careers e.g. Karl Lagerfield for Chloe pre Chanel. There were giant books showing the first Browns advertisements, and the different Browns labels, photographs and invitations for Browns launches. Browns is very much a family business and the family is displayed prominently throughout the exhibition as they were also photographed in the pieces and some of them were loaned from their private collections.