Enjoy the great range of fashion related exhibitions taking place in London from now through to January, from the comfort of one of our conveniently located rental apartments!
Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textile Museum
Liberty has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875, and this exhibition coincides with its 140th birthday. While exploring the history of the Liberty brand, this exhibition also studies its contribution to British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through to Art Nouveau and Art Déco in the early 20th century, and also the revival of these styles since the 1950’s. There are talks and workshops over the course of the four month exhibition, and over 150 garments are displayed covering collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, 9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm, Thursdays until 8pm, Sundays, 11am–5pm.
Louis Vuitton Series 3 at 180 The Strand
Close to Somerset House on The Strand, this homage to Louis Vuitton’s autumn/winter collection and, more specifically the creative process of its new artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière, is well worth a visit. Covering three floors of a vast space at 180 The Strand, it presents the creativity of the designing process as a running stream of consciousness, from first inspiration through the final catwalk show. It is both an impressive and fascinating experience, even if a little crowded in places with instagrammers taking selfies … and it is completely free of charge, including a leaving gift of a transfer of an LV emblem to remind you of your visit.
180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA, Until 18th October 2015.
The Victoria and Albert Museum also offers a couple of current fashion related exhibtions over the autumn, and through until January
This exhibition looks at the history of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes, ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt, to the most elaborate designs by contemporary shoe designers. On the ground floor, the themes are ‘Transformation,’ discovering how the concept of empowerment has been tied in with footwear, ‘Status,’ showing how impractical shoes represent privileged and leisurely lifestyles, and ‘Seduction,’ which investigates shoes as objects of fetishism. On the upper level, the processes of designing and creating a shoe are explored. You will also discover shoes worn by various celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe and Sarah Jessica Parker, and even shoes worn by Queen Victoria.
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. Until 31st January 2016.
This autumn, the V&A is also exploring the rich culture of South Asia, both past and present with an India Festival, which marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the museum’s Nehru Gallery. One of the highlights of the Festival is a study of handmade textiles from India, from the 3rd to the 21st century. Showcasing a combination of the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection, together with masterpieces from international partners and leading designers, the exhibition will feature over 200 objects, many on display for the first time.
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. Until 10th January 2016.
Mademoiselle Privé at the Saatchi Gallery
For the six weeks from 13th October until 1st November, the Saatchi Gallery is devoting three floors to a journey through the origins of Chanel’s creations, capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, including the history of Chanel’s inspirations, as well as Karl Lagerfeld’s subsequent take on Chanel’s codes, symbols and icons. The exhibition will be open seven days a week and, entry is free.
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY. 13th October – 1st November 2015.
Vivienne Westwood: Cut from the Past at Danson House
Last, but not least, and if you don’t mind travelling a little further afield, there is a fascinating Vivienne Westwood exhibition at the beautiful Georgian villa, Danson House in Bexleyheath. The exhibition brings together for the first time a number of her ground-breaking designs, and explores the collections that proved to be her turning point both critically and commercially.
Against an 18th Century backdrop, you can view pieces that reference the works of Rococo painters, Watteau and Boucher, plus items for her iconic punk-fest ‘Seditionaries’ collection, created with former husband Malcolm McLaren.
Danson House, 41 Danson Rd, Bexleyheath, Greater London DA6 8HJ. Open 12pm – 5pm, closed Saturdays. By rail, from Victoria, Charing Cross, London Bridge or Waterloo.15 minute walk from Bexleyheath station.Until Saturday October 31 2015.
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