Barbican grows fashion event portfolio following success of 16Arlington show

The Barbican continues to grow its offering as an exciting and inspiring event space for the creative industries including leading brands in the fashion sector. Following the success of 16Arlington’s fashion show during London Fashion Week 2024 in the Curve gallery, and with shows by Roksanda and Supriya Lele during London Fashion Week 2023, the Barbican has provided a unique destination for high profile fashion shows to demonstrate their latest collections.

The fashion labels have utilised the Barbican’s iconic settings including the spectacular Sculpture Court, the Curve gallery and even a car park to provide a stunning environment for their new styles.

The events, which have featured across mainstream fashion media have welcomed an array of distinguished designers, models, journalists and fashion enthusiasts from around the globe.

“The Barbican’s one-of-a-kind architecture provides a striking backdrop for fashion brands to stage their creative vision. Many designers feel inspired by the vastness, shapes and materiality of the Barbican’s spaces. Our versatile location and range of venues provides the perfect setting for runways, photoshoots and showcases. We look forward to hosting more fashion events at the Barbican throughout 2024.” said Jenny Waller, Head of Sales for the Barbican’s Business Events team.

In December 2023, the Barbican held an exhibition showcasing the original costumes from Yorgos Lanthimos’ Oscar-nominated film Poor Things, worn by stars including Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo and Willam Dafoe who also attended a gala screening of the film at the Centre. The costumes were curated by Oscar-nominated costume designer Holly Waddington, who also won the BAFTA for best costume designer for Poor Things.

About Barbican Business Events

The Barbican is one of the world’s leading conference and international arts venues. Located in the City of London, it is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in its fully equipped concert hall, theatres, conference suites and boardrooms. Barbican Business Events brings together the venue’s expertise in the arts and corporate meetings.


Built as part of London’s Barbican development and officially opened in March 1982 by HM Queen Elizabeth, unlike many other venues, Barbican was specifically built with the dual purpose of holding conferences and arts events presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning.

The Barbican’s Business Events team contributes to the venue’s future success. To make the most of the Barbican’s rich culture and heritage, Barbican Business Events was created to bring together their expertise in three very different areas – the arts, creative learning and corporate business. This approach to corporate events is based on stronger, more in-depth partnerships with their artistic, creative learning and development teams in order to bring more creativity and rich content to events.

The Barbican provides a vibrant and inspiring venue for corporate events, conferences, meetings and entertainment. The venue is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in spaces including a concert hall, theatres, a boardroom and conference suites that can accommodate 10-170 delegates and can be adjusted using sound proofed sliding. As part of its wider investment strategy, the Barbican spent £2.2m on a significant refurbishment throughout the Centre in the summer of 2016 including its Frobisher rooms and Level 4. The focus of the Frobisher refurbishment is designed to create an even stronger connection between the Centre’s main conference and meeting facilities and its arts spaces.

 About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

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