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V & A Museum Releases Tickets for Pioneering Balenciaga Exhibition

THE VICTORIA and Albert Museum has announced the innovative Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition that will open this spring. Focusing on exploring Balenciaga’s continuous creative impact the showcase will dissect his most prolific period – the 1950s and ‘60s. Showcasing 100 garments, 20 hats and numerous archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage the retrospective will offer a unique insight into the working life of Cristobal Balenciaga, one of the most influential designers in modern history.

CIS:T.435-1985La Tulipe evening dress, gazar, Balenciaga for EISA, Spain, 1965 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The first of its kind exhibition will also feature a fascinating study of the designer’s creations, conducted with the use of xray technology which V&A has deployed in order to scrutinise some of Balenciaga’s most famous pieces. The images have been created by Nick Veasey and then digitalised and animated with the help of London College of Fashion students.

alberta-tiburzi-in-envelope-dress-by-cristobal-balenciaga-harpers-bazaar-june-1967-hiro-1967Alberta Tiburzi in envelope dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper’s Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will present designer’s own pieces alongside those of his protégées as well as contemporary designers who emulate his working ethics and are inspired by him, including works by Molly Goddard, Demna Gvasalia and J.W. Anderson.

T.146-1998 Hat Balenciaga, Cristóbal Spain 1962 silkSpiral hat, silk, Balenciaga for Eisa, Spain, 1962 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Magda McCrimmon

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion runs from May 27,  2017 – February 18, 2018.
Tickets and further details are available here.

Future Feast – Winchester ‘16 Fashion and Textile Graduates

THE Vinyl Factory Soho, London was awash with a kaleidoscope of bold seasonal colour and stylish looks at Future Feast a show of graduate talent from the Fashion Marketing and Fashion & Textile Design programmes at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Guest representatives from the fashion industry including Victoria Beckham, Harvey Nichols and Topman attended the show and waited in anticipation of the Fashion Direction and Fashion Textile Awards which were presented by womenswear designer, Michael van der Ham after the catwalk presentations.

 

Winchester SS1Looks from Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Winchester SS2Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Jasmine Broughton, memorable for her fabulous faux-fur outerwear with exquisitely beaded motifs won the Fashion Textile Award and front-line menswear designer, Christine Xu was the winner of the award for Fashion Direction. After the ceremony, guests were invited to peruse a dazzling assortment of preliminary sketches and ideas from the students’ portfolios.

Christine Xu’s collection which won the award for Fashion Direction. Photograph by Geoff Pugh

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL2A look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton.
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL4Another look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

The innovative event combined outstanding graduate work from the institution’s Fashion Marketing and Textile programmes. These two courses focus on developing students’ creative ability, while aiming to enrich them with the necessary marketing and practical skills required for successful careers in fashion.

by Miranda Charalambous

Fun and Board Games Come to the Museum of Childhood

CATHERINE Howell, curator of the hugely popular Magic Worlds mounts a display of board games at the  V & A Museum of Childhood later this year. The exhibition traces the evolution of their design from antiquity to the electronic gaming of the present day, culminating in an intriguing participatory game for all.

MISC.161-1983 Board game - The Alice Through The Looking Glass Chess Set; carved & painted wood; made by Robin Dale & Neil Dale; U.K.; 1983.Alice in Wonderland chess set by Robin and Nell Dale, England, 1983.
Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Family favourites such as Monopoly and Cluedo and enchanting games from the 18th and 19th centuries are displayed in an array of exhibits from around the world. This exhibition highlights the lasting legacy of historical board games and their value as important cultural, geographical and even scientific resources. It also focuses on the role of design as a visual stimulus and marketing strategy, and examines their enduring appeal today.

Resize PandemicPandemic by Matt Leacock, USA, 2008.
Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Miranda Charalambous

Game Plan, Board Games Rediscovered opens on October 8, 2016  and is on until April 23, 2017 at the  V & A Museum of Childhood, London

Coventry Cathedral Exhibits Work by Magnum Photographer Peter Marlow

Peter Marlow, a prominent British news photographer and a member of the highly respected photography cooperative Magnum Photos, has photographed all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England over the course of four years.

PETER MARLOW CARLISLE CATHEDRAL
Carlisle Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

The photographs will be showcased inside The Chapel of Christ the Servant at Coventry Cathedral – a space dedicated to displaying works by contemporary British artists.

 

PETER MARLOW DURHAM CATHEDRAL
Durham Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

Originally commissioned by the  Royal Mail to photograph six cathedrals to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral, Marlow became inspired by the unique aesthetics of the sacred buildings he was visiting.

 

CANTHERBURY CATHEDRAL PETER MARLOW
Canterbury Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

After capturing the cathedrals of Lichfield, Belfast, Gloucester, St David’s, Westminster, and St Magnus in Orkney, a project which resulted in a series of stamps and a miniature sheet, he continued his work photographing sanctuaries. In the course of his endeavour Marlow employed a technique which allowed him to uniquely present each of the cathedrals from a uniform point of view.

Marlow explained, “I began by photographing the aesthetic highlights of each building, but the images seemed to merge with one another. In order to differentiate each place I needed to find a more rigorous and systematic approach, so I adopted the simple strategy of photographing the naves looking along the central axis.”

 

LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL PETER MARLOW
Liverpool Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

Taken from the fixed position and at the dawn, all the photographs show the perspective of natural light breaking through the main window and therefore allow the lighting to bring out the immensely impressive features of the buildings in their raw state.

Commenting on the exhibition, The Very Revd John Witcombe MA MPhil, Dean of Coventry, said, “The photographs are an incredible record of the very particular space that cathedrals offer, as places for reflection and inspiration, through both their art and architecture, as well as their religious significance. (…) It will make a lasting impression on those who visit, and encourage them to make their own pilgrimage to other cathedrals in the country.”

by Magda Pirowska

The English cathedral by Peter Marlow will be on display  from April 29 – September 5, 2016
The exhibition is supported and made possible by a Grant for the Arts funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

V&A Museum Presents Engineering Season – Robots Build a Pavilion

V&A presents Engineering Season – the first of its kind celebrating and exploring the engineering efforts that influence our everyday lives. The programme consists of displays, events and interactive installations – and visitors can watch a Kuka robot build new cells of the pavilion as it happens in real time – and will underline the importance of technological advances and its designers who are a major force, working behind the scenes on creating the environment that surrounds us all.

pavilionElytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016;
© ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart; Image courtesy of V&A

The installation created by Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer  – the Elytra Filament Pavilion – will be the opening the showcase. A canopy located in V&A’s John Madejski Garden will be a live structure that considers the influence of new robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making.

The nature-inspired construction is made up of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process. Additionally, the fibres will carry real-time sensors capturing data from its surroundings and adapting the construction accordingly – by adding new fibre cells – live and acting as an environmental filter.

penguin poolPenguin Pool, London Zoo;  London, 1934; © ZSL; Image courtesy of V&A

Another highlight of the show will be a retrospective of the work of Ove Arup: Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, which will shine a new light on the most influential engineer of the 20th century. Ove was a prolific creator who applied his training and interest in philosophy to natural flair for combining different disciplines in a pursue of his grand idea of a Total Design.

The work of the British-Danish engineer Arup defined his era and those to come and the showcase will present that influence through previously unseen prototypes, models, archival materials, drawings, film and photography, as well as a host of new immersive digital displays featuring animations, simulations and virtual reality.

The visitors will be immersed in his design and engineering legacy transpiring through Ove’s awe-inspiring writings and projects including Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Centre Pompidou in Paris and other significant buildings, such as Crossrail, across the world.

syndey operaSydney Opera House © David Messent; Image courtesy of V&A

Additionally, a display entitled Mind over Matter will feature leading innovative engineering projects from around the world by British engineering firms such as AKT II, Atelier One, Buro Happold, Expedition Engineering and Jane Wernick Associates. Other activities in the V&A Engineering Season will include an Exhibition Road Engineering Residency supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, a themed Friday Late, a series of lectures, talks and gallery tours, as well as a Symposium about biomimicry, design and engineering with a keynote lecture by Achim Menges.

by Magda Pirowska

The exhibition Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design runs from  June 18 –  November 6, 2016. Tickets will go on sale in April 2016. Admission £7 (concessions available). V&A Members go free. Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person, online vam.ac.uk/EngineeringSeason; or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies).
This exhibition is made possible with the cooperation of Arup.
The Elytra Filament Pavilion will be on display in the John Madejski Garden from May 18  – November 6, 2016. Admission is free.

British Fashion Council Announces Designer Showrooms Schedule for LFW AW16

The British Fashion Council has announced the designers showcasing in the Designer Showrooms – including ready-to-wear, footwear, jewellery, bags and multi-label showrooms – and the features that will be available at the Brewer Street venue.

ROKH
ROKH by Rok Hwang for AW16

Visitors to the showrooms will be able to familiarise themselves with collections from 45 designers showing for the first time. Imaginative design, the blending of various techniques and exceptional craftsmanship will be presented by the knitwear designers such as Caitlin Charles-Jones (on of  Vogue Talent’s Ones to Watch and a participant in Boden’s Future British scheme in partnership with the BFC), Yakshi Malhotra, Laura Theiss and Sabinna.

TeijaA look by Teija AW16

Further brands such as Teija, ROKH (by Rok Hwang) and designer Samuel Dougal will be showcasing their sharp, detailed tailoring while  NATALIEBCOLEMAN, Tommy Zhong and Leanne Claxton will show pieces that apply that quality with the use of their unique, tailor-made fabrics. No.288 and Ellis White will be presenting their new footwear collections.

Claire BarrowA look by Claire Barrow AW16

Displays at the Showroom will also include an installation by BFC’s talent identification scheme NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop and a pop-up showroom for this season’s NEWGEN designers: Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams as well as this season’s One-To-Watch Roberta Einer.

Roberta EinerLooks from Roberta Einer’s AW16 collection

BFC’s fine jewellery and millinery initiatives will be presenting the finest of accessories design from Emma Yeo, Harvy Santos, Keely Hunter and Sophie Beale – Headonism in a space co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE – Ana De Costa, Beth Gilmour, COMPLETEDWORKS, Jacqueline Cullen, Lily Kamper, Ornella Iannuzzi, Rachel Boston, Ruifier, Shimell and Madden and Yunus & Eliza – Rock Vault in a space co-curated by Stephen Webster MBE.

COMPLETEDWORKSA piece by COMPLETEDWORKS

Camilla Elphick

Shoes by Camilla Elphick AW16

Established brands returning to the showrooms this season include Camilla Elphick as well as Eudon Choi, Fleet Ilya, Fyodor Golan, Georgia Hardinge, Holly Fulton, Loxley England, Phoebe Coleman, Stephen Jones Millinery, William Chambers Millinery and Zoë Jordan.

Harvy Santos
Harvy Santos

Elsewhere Scoop London will be as usual presenting their womenswear trade show at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.

NATALIEBCOLEMANNatalie B Coleman AW16

More pop-ups will be located at Brewer Street Car Park. Accredited guests will be able to visit Sunglass Hut and personalize their House of Holland LFW tote and get a customised sunglass case. The work and lounge spaces available to the visitors include: Press and Buyers Lounge by American Express x The Store, pop – up HIX Café by renowned chef Mark Hix, Maybelline New York Lounge and salon by TONI&GUY with label.m offering instant style refreshers.

by Magda Pirowska

London Fashion Week runs from February 19-23.
Concierge Amex Insiders and Swatch Timeline will be helping the visitors to navigate the space and stay up to date with all shows and schedules.
For the full pop-up schedule visit LFW website