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The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, was announced on 4th July 2019, at a presentation at the opening of Les Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival. The shortlisted photographers are: Shahidul Alam, born 1955 Bangladesh, based in Dhaka Joana Choumali, born 1974 Côte d’Ivoire, based in Abidjan Margaret Courtney-Clarke, born 1949 Namibia, based in Swakopmund Rena Effendi, born 1977 Baku, based...

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The V&A’s much-anticipated exhibition of the works and career of fashion icon Mary Quant opens on April 6th. Featuring over 200 objects including items from her own collection never seen in public before, the exhibition will include her trend-setting designs, including mini-skirts and trousers for women, and will also chart her rise to success through the ’50s to the ’70s, and share stories from friends and fans alike who wore her designs. “She freed women from...

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Opening on 12 October, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new Photography Centre is set to display the world’s first photographic experiments, pictures by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, acquisitions by Linda McCartney and commissioned works by Thomas Ruff. The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design has collected photographs since it was founded in 1852. Following the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society collection, the V&A’s expanding amalgamation of world-class photography collections has inspired...

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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the most comprehensive Christian Dior exhibition in the UK to date, is set to grace London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in 2019. Tracing the history of one of fashion’s most iconic names, the exhibition will span from 1947 to present day, highlighting the couturier’s vision of femininity and encompassing garments, accessories and fragrances. In addition to showcasing the impact the influential couturier had on the industry, the display will also...

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The city of London is abuzz this season with talk of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Frida Kahlo show. ‘Frida was ahead of her time. Frida Kahlo is the very model of the bohemian artist: unique, rebellious and contradictory, a cult figure that has been appropriated by feminists, artists, fashion designers and popular culture’—Circe Henestrosa, Head of the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and exhibition co-curator The exhibition involves a phenomenal...

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The V&A unveils its newest exhibition to celebrate the Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga—famed for his pioneering fashion designs founded on structure, fluidity and breaking the status quo. His innovative clothing designs and groundbreaking manipulation of fabrics helped craft an immovable legacy within the fashion industry. Regarded by his peers as the pinnacle of style, his former apprentice Oscar de la Renta revered him as a designer ‘who never did anything in bad taste’, while his...

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A rare chance to see the work of one of the greatest painters of the early Italian Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli, alongside pictures that show his lasting influence through the ages. The Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the great treasure houses of the world, crammed with an outstanding richness of arts and culture. As the world’s leading museum of art and design, the V&A’s objective is to enrich people’s lives by promoting the practice...

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Botticelli Reimagined, an exhibition that will prove to be a treat for the eye and for the imagination will open at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in March. Telling a story 500 years in the making, ‘Botticelli Reimagined’ will be the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930. Including painting, fashion, film, drawing, photography, tapestry, sculpture and print, the exhibition will explore the ways that artists and designers have reinterpreted Botticelli. It will...

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A magnificent display of precious stones and jewellery gives a vivid insight in the cross-cultural influences between the Indian sub-continent and the West, an influence that continues to flourish today. For centuries, the royal treasuries of India contained vast quantities of precious stones. Diamonds were found within the subcontinent, most famously in the southern region of Golconda. The best rubies came from Burma. Sri Lanka supplied sapphires, and from the 16th century emeralds were brought from...

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This autumn, as part of the V&A India Festival, an exhibition of spectacular objects, drawn from a single private collection, will explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery design. Highlights of Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection will include Mughal jades, a rare jewelled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, and spectacular pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design during the early 20th...

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