Monday, April 16, 2007


FASHION, JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES NEW YORK FASHION NOW 17 April - 23 September 2007 Free admission, Room 40 Victoria & Albert Museum, London How does a designer go from being a relative unknown to becoming a tastemaker? New York Fashion Now explores the stories of twenty designers who launched their own labels in the five years between 1999 and 2004. Key to the early success of some has been the focused support of the fashion press, retailers and manufacturers, as well as the funded design competitions that help the winners pay their bills. For many of New York's young fashion hopefuls this support has been essential. Young designers shoulder significant economic burdens, along with the expectation to deliver creatively each season. Further, many of the featured design labels were founded around the time of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The designers, along with their staff, factories and retailers, struggled in the resultant economic downturn. Still, the number of designer-led fashion businesses founded in New York City at the turn of the 21st century is remarkable. New York Fashion Now captures this significant moment of design productivity, both within the city's mainstream fashion culture and outside it. The twenty featured start-up stories provide insight into how so many young hopefuls have prevailed at this particular moment. ***** SURREAL & DESIGN SURREAL THINGS 29 March 2007- 22 July 2007 While many exhibitions have explored Surrealism as a movement in literature and the fine arts, Surreal Things will be the first to examine its impact on architecture, design and the decorative arts. It will present a new approach to the subject, focusing on the creation of surrealist objects, whether unique works of art or examples of modern design. From the sensuality of Dali’s Mae West Lips sofa to Schiaparelli’s disturbing Tear dress, Surrealism produced some of the most extraordinary objects ever created. This exhibition will bring together many of these rarely seen works for the very first time. The exhibition will explore how Surrealism evolved from radical avant-garde beginnings to become one of the most influential movements of the century and a common visual language of modernity. It will trace the development of Surrealism from the creation of the first objects in the 1920s to its commercialisation after World War II, as the movement was absorbed into the worlds of fashion, commercial design, graphics and film. ***** The Art of Lee Miller 15 September 2007 - 6 January 2008 Admission charge will apply Lee Miller is one of the most renowned female icons of the 20th century - a unique individual admired as much for her free-spirit, creativity and intelligence as for her classical beauty. This exhibition will cover her extraordinary career as a photographer and is the first complete retrospective of her life and work, exploring her transformation from artist's muse to ground-breaking artist. Miller was born in New York in 1907 and modelled for Vogue before meeting Man Ray in Paris in 1929. She became both his lover and muse, and inspired by his work, started to develop her own images. She became war photographer for London Vogue and was the only woman in combat photojournalism in Europe. After the war she returned to fashion photography and portraiture, photographing key figures of the day including Picasso, Man Ray and Miro. The exhibition will celebrate the centenary of her birth. ***** KYLIE: The Exhibition Kelvingrove Art Galley & Museum, Glasgow 21 September 2007 - Sunday 13 January 2008 Free entry This exhibition will explore Kylie Minogue as a popular icon and international performer. Featuring costumes, accessories, photographs and awards, sound and video, the exhibition will look at Kylie's career and changing image. Kylie – The Exhibition will also give some insight into how a major international tour develops - from initial concept to first live performance. 200 objects including 45 costumes and 60 photographs will be on display, from the overalls Kylie wore as Charlene in Neighbours and the gold lame hotpants she wore in her Spinning Around video in 2000 to costumes from her latest Kylie Showgirl: Homcoming Tour. Hats by Stephen Jones will also be featured. The exhibition is created and designed by the Arts Centre, Melbourne, home to Australia's most significant performing arts collection, including material generously donated by Kylie Minogue. ***** The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 22 September 2007 – 6 January 2008 Admission charge will apply V & A, London This glamorous exhibition will focus on Parisian and British couture between 1947-1957, a decade that Christian Dior described as the ‘Golden Age’ of fashion. Dior’s launch of the ‘New Look’ for his first collection in 1947 shocked and delighted the fashion world, creating a new style that symbolised femininity. The full skirts and hour-glass silhouettes were considered highly decadent, synonymous with luxury, opulence and prosperity, following the austerity of the war years. The Golden Age will display stunning gowns and exquisite tailoring from designers such as Balenciaga, Norman Hartnell, Balmain and Givenchy, as well as Dior. It will explore the creation of couture design from the post war era to the global success of the major fashion brands by the late 1950s, at which point fashion began to change, influenced by the ‘youth-quake’ of the early 60s. The skill and craftsmanship of haute couture will be revealed, showing a glimpse of the lost world of the exclusive design houses, and the inspiration behind some of the most famous styles of all time.

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