Celebrating Thom Browne’s 20th Anniversary “A Tale of Timeless Elegance”. Story by RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Thom Browne.
Commemorating Thom Browne’s 20th Anniversary
In the realm of high fashion, Thom Browne’s name is synonymous with innovation, sophistication, and a masterful fusion of classical and avant-garde styles. As we observe the momentous occasion of the 20th anniversary of Thom Browne’s illustrious career, a series of distinguished events and a captivating book launch are poised to unfold, offering connoisseurs of fashion a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the illustrious legacy of Thom Browne.
The Archive Exhibition
In honor of two decades of Thom Browne’s exceptional journey, a selection of the most iconic pieces from his runway collections is poised to make a triumphant return. These cherished masterpieces will be on display at carefully chosen global retail locations, affording patrons an intimate encounter with the quintessence of Thom Browne’s creative genius. This exhibition will transport attendees through a gamut of significant tailored ensembles to the fantastical runway creations that have perennially captivated fashion aficionados.
The Commemorative Book
To complement this remarkable celebration, the first-ever monograph on Thom Browne is being released. This book, which is truly a collector’s dream, captures the essence of the brand, and the man behind it, in a way that’s never been done before. With a star-studded clientele that includes the likes of Michelle Obama, LeBron James, and Julia Roberts, Thom Browne has modernized the professional uniform, making the suit a symbol of contemporary style. This book takes you on a visual journey through his career, showcasing over 200 looks from past seasons.
Featuring specially commissioned photography by Johnny Dufort, the book is a work of art in itself. Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, has provided an introduction that sets the stage for a deep dive into Thom Browne’s world. The book’s presentation is as thoughtfully designed as Browne’s collections, enclosed in a hardback with a clamshell box and including gatefolds and translucent vellum pages with the brand’s iconic four stripes. It’s a true homage to Thom Browne’s legacy and innovation.
A Glimpse into the Maestro
Thom Browne is more than just a fashion designer; he’s a visionary who has redefined men’s tailoring and expanded his empire to include womenswear, childrenswear, and accessories. His runway presentations are works of art in themselves, featuring thought-provoking themes and dramatic settings that captivate audiences globally. In 2023, Browne ascended to the position of chairman of the CFDA, solidifying his influence on the fashion industry.
The Curator Behind the Scenes
Behind the lens and the pages of this incredible monograph is Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. Known for curating some of the museum’s most visited exhibitions, Bolton brings his expertise to this book, making it a must-have for fashion connoisseurs. He has worked with Thom Browne to curate a collection of archival images from collection presentations, providing a comprehensive view of Browne’s journey.
Celebration with Thom Browne
To initiate this extraordinary celebration, you are cordially invited to join Thom Browne for a dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. This elegant gathering is a toast to the unveiling of his new book in partnership with Phaidon. The scheduled dates are as follows:
- London: October 9 – 31 at Harrods
- Tokyo: October 16 – 31 at Aoyama Store
- Seoul: October 21 – 29 at 10 Corso Como
- Shanghai: October 24 – 29 at Shanghai Reel
- New York: Coming soon
In the world of fashion, Thom Browne’s 20th anniversary is a milestone that merits sincere appreciation. His pioneering designs and contributions have left an indelible mark on the industry. Thus, let us raise a toast to two decades of elegance, innovation, and timeless style, celebrating a fashion visionary unparalleled in his craft.