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Exhibition alert: London summer highlights

27 August 2012 by TexSelect in Fashion, Home, Interiors & Auto

Inspiring exhibitions we recommend you visit this summer and autumn.

POP! Design, Culture, Fashion – until 27 October, Fashion & Textile Museum, Bermondsey.  Traces the impact of youth culture, music and art from the 50s-70s; highlights include 60’s pieces sold in Mary Quant’s Bazaar, items from Elton John’s personal wardrobe, and original pieces sold in Westwood and McLaren’s ‘80’s shop, Sex.

Fashion & Textile Museum, Lunchtime Lecture Series – 5 – 26 September, Fashion & Textile Museum, Bermondsey. A series of four lectures looking at the changing shape of fashion from 1955–1976. Using garments drawn from the Fashion and Textile Museum’s Collection, these talks are led by author of ‘The Chronology of Fashion’, NJ Stevenson.

Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary – until 30 September, V&A Museum.  Heatherwick’s design explorations, whether architecture, sculpture or product, don’t start with a drawing or a discussion, but with ‘an attitude of purposefulness’ pushing the physical properties of materials beyond the expected. The exhibition tracks Heatherwick’s progress from his RCA graduation project through to a scale model of the spectacular 2012 copper Olympic cauldron.











Thomas Heatherwick / Photo credit: V&A Museum London 2012

Arthur Bispo do Rosario (1909-1989) – until the 28 October, V&A Museum.  Bispo remains one of Brazil’s most recognised artists, and this display includes hand-embroidered banners, garments and sculpture. This ‘outsider’ art reveals the imaginative responses of the artist who has appropriated found objects such as bottles, buttons, card, paper and even cutlery to create complex pieces.










Fights 1938-1982 Arthur Bispo do Rosario / Photo credit: Rodrigo Lopes

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 – until 6 January 2013, V&A Museum.  Over 60 items of statement eveningwear: from the elegance of Norman Hartnell to the bold inventiveness of Gareth Pugh.












Atsuko Kudo, worn by Georgia Frost with dresses by Hardy Amies and Worth of London / Photo credit: Carlos Jimenez, V&A Images

Grayson Perry: The Walthamstow Tapestry – until 23 September, The William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow.  A rare opportunity to view one of the most powerful works by Turner Prize-winning artist, Grayson Perry.  This vibrant and very large tapestry “chronicles man’s passage from birth to death via the shops” – an exploration of our uneasy but powerful relationship to branding and the impact of consumerism on everyday life.

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