WESTMINSTER MENSWEAR ARCHIVE
Professor Groves is the director of the Westminster Menswear Archive which he established in 2016. The Archive was founded to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view and consists of over 1500 garments covering military, workwear, industrial, social and designer clothing. It is also intended to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline and is used by members of the menswear design industry as a primary research tool to inform contemporary menswear design.
The Westminster Menswear Archive has examples of some of the most critical and inspiring menswear garments covering the last 100 years. The archive includes garments from Alexander McQueen, Craig Green, Stone Island, Meadham Kirchhoff, Ralph Lauren, Liam Hodges, Carol Christian Poell, C.P. Company, Jean-Paul Gaultier, John Flett, Kim Jones, Aitor Throup, Vivienne Westwood, Mr Fish, Calvin Klein, adidas, Nanamica, Belstaff, Barbour, Burberry, Maison Margiela, Jeremy Scott, Vexed Generation, Aquascutum, Levis, Jeremy Scott, Berghaus, Penfield, Griffin, and Comme Des Garcons.
Additionally, the archive includes an extensive range of utilitarian and uniform garments from the Army, Police, US Marines, GPO, Coldstream Guards, the French fire service and others.
“Menswear is the fastest growing sector in fashion, yet its history is in danger of being unwritten, with most fashion museums and collections focused solely on womenswear. The Westminster Menswear Archive is a pioneering institution, both for its world-class conservation and its commitment to telling the true story of menswear: it's past, present and future.”