WHAT’S ON AT THE V&A IN
QUEEN MAUD OF NORWAY’S WARDROBE 1896-1938
FASHION GALLERY, 40
2 FEBRUARY – 8 JANUARY 2006
In February 2005 the V&A opens a display of the spectacular wardrobe of Queen Maud, the British Princess who became Queen Consort of the newly independent Norway in 1905. Daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Maud was renowned for her fashionable style. Her clothes document an extraordinary era of fashion history, from the decorative but elaborate dress of the Victorian era to the streamlined chic of the 1930s. Her wardrobe comprised royal robes, sporting wear and accessories. This display includes some 50 outfits ranging from her wedding trousseau of 1896 to the latest Worth designs purchased just months before her death in 1938.
Style and Splendour coincides with the centennial celebrations of Norway’s emergence as an independent nation in 1905, following the peaceful dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden.
Entrance is FREE
SPECTRES: WHEN FASHION TURNS BACK
24 FEBRUARY – 8 MAY 2005
Fashion has always had a love affair with history, and the V&A’s new fashion exhibition ‘Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back’ looks at the powerful influence of the past on the present. It explores how fashion designers from Christian Dior to Hussein Chalayan are ‘haunted’ by historical references and inspired by past ideas.
‘Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back’ shows how designers are repeatedly inspired by a range of historical muses - the circus performer, the harlequin, the Greek goddess, the bohemian. It looks at how details, such as pleats, bows and lace, are constantly reinterpreted by fashion designers in new and inspiring ways.
The exhibition provides an outstanding opportunity to see beautiful historic costumes by Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaperelli, Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin. Among the diverse range of contemporary designers featured are many at the foreground of conceptual fashion, including Viktor & Rolf, Comme des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier and Yohji Yamamoto. Belgian designers, including Dries Van Noten and Veronique Branquinho, are highlighted.
Entrance is FREE
21 FEBRUARY – 10 MARCH 2005
This exhibition presents the results of The Sorrell Foundation’s three year project involving 1000 school children and 50 of Britain’s leading architecture and design companies. Paul Smith, Thomas Heatherwick, Conran Design, Wolf Olins, Kevin McCloud and many others have proposed brilliant design solutions to resolve issues such as contemporary clothing, positive use of colour and social spaces in schools. The design briefs came from the children themselves. Case studies and examples are on display.
Entrance is FREE and there will be two free lectures on 23 February .
V&A ILLUSTRATION AWARDS
TO 15 MAY 2005
Prize winning work by leading illustrators is on display at the V&A as part of the V&A Illustration Awards, the UK’s top awards for books and editorial illustration.
The original works on show include Nicholas Garland’s illustrations for his son Alex Garland’s book The Coma, Sara Fanelli’s interpretation of Pinocchio and Daniel Pudles’ illustrations for the Guardian’s Comment and Analysis page. Winners and runners-up awards were given for Book Illustration, Book Cover and Jacket Illustration and Editorial Illustration at the V&A awards ceremony on 1 December.
This year’s judging panel was artist Gavin Turk, writer and broadcaster Joan Bakewell, illustrator and RCA senior tutor Andrzej Klimowski and V&A Director Mark Jones. The Illustration Awards were established in 1972. Previous award winners include Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Ralph Steadman and Posy Simmonds.
***LAST CHANCE TO SEE***
BEAUTY AT THE V&A
2 DECEMBER 2004 – 27 FEBRUARY 2005
IN ASSOCIATION WITH ESTÉE LAUDER
The V&A has commissioned a special tour this winter, as well as debates and other events, exploring the idea of Beauty through the Museum’s unrivalled permanent collections. Acting as a “guest editor” of the collections, design consultant Stephen Bayley has chosen 25 objects, from Canova’s ‘Sleeping Nymph’ to a 1920s Wagenfeld desk lamp, to explore the concept of what people find beautiful and the different ways beauty is expressed. There will also be a special Beauty Week from 24 January, starting with a debate and ending with a Beauty Friday Late View until 10pm.
NEW ARCHITECTURE GALLERY
The V&A and RIBA opened a new Architecture Gallery at the V&A in November 2004, the UK’s first permanent architecture gallery. The gallery features highlights from their world-class collections of drawings, models, photographs and architectural fragments as well as important loans. The gallery has been designed as an introduction to architecture for students and the general visitor and displays 180 exhibits from across the ages featuring some of the world’s most famous architects and buildings. Highlights include a capital from the Pantheon, drawings by Palladio, Vanburgh, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe and a computer fly-through of Zaha Hadid’s Phaeno Science Centre in Germany, due for completion in 2005.
NEW CONTEMPORARY GLASS GALLERY
The V&A opened a new gallery for contemporary glass, The Märit Rausing Gallery, on 8 December 2004. The new gallery adjoins the V&A’s historic Glass Gallery and provides dedicated space specifically for international contemporary work from the Museum’s permanent collection.
The first display includes over 60 works by leading contemporary glass artists including Dale Chihuly, Tessa Clegg, Deborah Cocks, Bert Frijns, Gillies-Jones, Mieke Groot, Laura Heyworth, Angela Jarman, Antoine Leperlier, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Richard Mietner, William Morris, Klaus Moje, Stepan Pala, Zora Palova, Kirstie Rea, Colin Reid, Judith Schaechter, Per B Sundberg, Lino Tagliapietra, Emma Woffenden and Toots Zynsky.
The V&A’s glass collections are truly international and include many fine examples of recent glass from Europe and Britain, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
PHOTOGRAPHY, ROOM 38A
TO 3 APRIL 2005
To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the V&A will present a display of works by the photographer, Frederick Sommer. The display will consist of two sets of work: photographs made in the Arizona desert in the 1940s and photographs of prints, sculptural objects and experimental distortions made in the 1950s and 1960s. All are linked by Sommer’ s fascination with density of patterning, the found object and the nature of visual perception and illusion.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
12 & 13 FEBRUARY 2005
The V&A’s Chinese New Year celebrations, to welcome The Year of The Rooster, will include traditional folk arts, performances, and workshops. Shaolin Temple Kung Fu, Beijing ballet, Taiwan Tao-Thiu-Thia puppet shows and workshops are just some of the other free activities.
FRIDAY LATE VIEW
AGITATE, EDUCATE, ORGANISE.
25 FEBRUARY 2005, 18.30-22.00
An evening focussing on new forms of social commentary, protest and documentary communicated through film, music, visuals and literature. The Tell Tales collective will be sharing their stories of urban experiences through performance and literature. Other events include readings from Whitbread Prize winner Patrick Neate and ‘My Life in Orange’ author Tim Guest.
HALF TERM FOR KIDS
THAT’S JUST BEAUTIFUL!
14-20 FEBRUARY, 11.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00
In conjunction with the Beauty trail, track down beautiful objects, find clues and make drawings along the way, and finally create your own badge of beauty.
EVERY SATURDAY 10.30-17.00
Children can hoist a Back-Pack on their shoulders and embark upon an adventure across the Museum. Back-Pack tours are full of exciting hands-on activities related to the collections. There are eight Back-Packs to choose from: Chinese Treasures, Metal Detector, The Explorer, The Antique Detective, Magic Glasses, Fancy Furnishings, Murder Mystery and The Emperor’s Party.
Activities can last 30-45 minutes. For children aged 5-12 years.
THE ACTIVITY CART
EVERY SUNDAY 10.30 –17.00
Explore the Museum's collections through drawing and making activities. The Activity Cart is sited in a different gallery each weekend. Loaded with a huge variety of activities ranging from making mosaics in the Sculpture Gallery to designing a kimono in the Japanese Gallery. Activities are suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL
The V&A is open daily 10am - 5.45pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays and the last Friday of the month. The nearest underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). For general information call 020 7942 2000. Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk
OTHER V&A MUSEUMS
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD AT BETHNAL GREEN
BEATRIX POTTER’S GARDEN
TO 5 MAY 2005
The inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter’s well loved characters came from her garden. Visitors can take a virtual walk through the Lake District and see some of Potter’s original artwork.
THEATRE MUSEUM AT COVENT GARDEN
PHOTOGRAPHS OF ACTORS BY SIMON ANNAND
THE DRESSING ROOM
9 FEBRUARY - 1 MAY 2005
Photographer Simon Annand has been given rare access to dressing rooms around the West End where he has photographed many leading actors over the past 20 years.
The photographs were taken during The ‘Half’ , the half hour before curtain up when all actors have to be in the theatre.
The exhibition will include unpublished photographs of Joss Ackland, Gillian Anderson, Francesa Annis, Rowan Atkinson, Jane Asher, Cate Blanchett, Kenneth Branagh, Glenn Close, Daniel Craig, Niamh Cusack, Sinead Cusack, Daniel Day-Lewis, Frances de la Tour, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Sir Michael Gambon, Anthony Hopkins, Jane Horrocks, Glenda Jackson, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Spike Milligan, Eric Porter, Alan Rickman, Tim Roth, Greta Scaachi, Martin Sheen and Imogen Stubbs.
A GREAT NIGHT OUT! - THE MAKING OF THE WEST END 1843 – 2010
A mini-exhibition charting the history of London’s West End with models of theatres from Victorian times to today including new plans for Cameron Mackintosh theatres.
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