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Major Azzedine Alaïa Exhibition Currently Showing at the Design Museum in London

A captivating exhibition dedicated to fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa is currently being housed in the famous Design Museum in London. Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, the first major display dedicated to the late style icon to be housed in the UK, comprises of over 60 rare garments spanning the artist’s stellar career from the early 80s until his last creations. It encapsulates Alaïa’s work ethic and personal approach that defied the rules of fashion—he was known...

An Ageless Accessory: the Birkin Bag

One of the most exclusive handbags in the world, the Hermès Birkin bag has a fascinating story behind its chance creation. It’s the year 1983; Jean-Louis Dumas—the then-chairman of the luxury brand—is sitting next to singer and actress Jane Birkin on an Air France flight from Paris to London. Jane drops her diary, stating that she has yet to find a handbag that is stylish as well as able to hold all of her possessions....

Baselworld: Watchmaking’s Biggest Stage

Geared towards introducing new models and future trends within the watch and jewellery industries, Baselworld keeps its crown as the key event for timepiece aficionados.  Every year, exhibitors, affluent collectors, retailers and members of the press gather in the Swiss city of Basel to view and display the latest ware in the ever-growing watch industry. But Baselworld isn’t just another watch and jewellery show. Here, even the simplest entry-level pieces can cost thousands of pounds...

Fabergé Eggs: Art Charting Romanov Rule

Made of gold and coated in white enamel. The first-ever imperial Fabergé egg—the Hen Egg—was made in 1885 for Tsar Alexander III. It was the Tsar’s gift to his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna, for Easter, one of the most important celebrations of the Russian-Orthodox ecclesiastical calendar. Inside it was a round golden ‘yolk’, which once opened revealed a gold hen set with ruby eyes, itself concealing a gold and diamond replica of the crown and...

Largest Modigliani Masterpiece to Sell for $150 Million at Auction

The largest masterpiece by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani is expected to fetch over $150 million at a Sotheby’s auction in May. Nu couché (1917), a work of art belonging to the series that redefined and reinvented the nude for the Modern era, currently holds the record for the highest auction estimate ever placed on a work of art. It is set to go under the hammer as part of Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist &...

A New Exhibition Featuring Marilyn Monroe Photographs is Coming to London

Proud Galleries will showcase a collection of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs taken by famed photographer, Milton H. Greene. This landmark display, which is set to grace London’s Proud Central from 11 May until 24 June, exhibits images that neatly encapsulate the glamour, charisma and charm that made Marilyn the icon she is remembered as today. Born in 1926 as Norma Jeane, the actress filmed her first movie when she was just 21. She would not...

The Penny Black: A Stamp Collector’s Holy Grail

Although around 68 million were produced, the Penny Black is one of the most famous and sought-after postage stamps for avid collectors. It is so famous, in fact, that Stanley Gibbons—a company specialising in the retailing of collectable postage stamps established in 1865—has a few on sale for anywhere between £300 and £300,000, depending on their condition. Considered the world’s first adhesive postage stamp to be used in the public postal system, the Penny Black...

National Gallery Hosting Landmark Monet Exhibition

This spring, the National Gallery bestows a landmark show upon their culture-hungry guests. For the first time in more than 20 years, an exhibition purely dedicated to Claude Monet will reside in London. The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture will display from 9 April to 29 July 2018, looking at the artist’s work from a refreshingly new perspective. In most circles, Monet is remembered best for his depictions of visceral landscapes, billowing seas and...

Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863): A Louvre Exhibition

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris will hold a historic exhibition to celebrate Eugène Delacroix—one of the most prolific French painters of all time. The collection will guide visitors through 180 of his works, charting the entirety of his career. As the leading exponent of Romanticism and an observer of the optical effects of colour, it didn’t take long for Eugène Delacroix to solidify his legacy....

Valuable Bottles of Wine You May Have at Home

The top five most valuable bottles of wine the public may have at home have been revealed thanks to research by LoveAntiques.com. According to the antiques website, bottles such as the 1962 Romanée Conti, Domaine Romanée Conti; the 1961 Hermitage La Chappelle, Jaboulet; and the 1945 Mouton Rothschild are at the top of the list—each costing around £15,000. Will Thomas, managing director at LoveAntiques.com, said: ‘Wine is a hugely popular area for people to invest...

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