Where : The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A
Moroccan-born Joseph Ettedgui sparked a revolution when he emerged on the London fashion scene in 1972. Subverting the ideas of feminine dressing, he took the woman’s wardrobe and reinvented it through a masculine scope, creating luxury essentials that would slot into the lifestyle of a woman not obsessed with labels or trends, but who is quietly confident in her own style. Join Creative Director Louise Trotter in conversation with the FT’s Fashion Editor Jo Ellison, as she discusses the impact Joseph had on her formative influences and how these filter through into her own vision for the brand today. From showing on schedule at London Fashion Week to global expansion, the JOSEPH brand is embarking on its own revolution.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are two creative forces that have come together to form the Peter Pilotto fashion house. Pilotto is half-Austrian, half-Italian and De Vos is half-Belgian, half-Peruvian. Their fusion of cultures is reflected on their catwalk, in sensuous combinations of constructed and flowing: couture fabrics, form-enhancing cuts and intricately engineered prints are parts of the label’s enduring signature. The Peter Pilotto signature of graphic, eye-popping and technically innovative prints, combined with elegant and innovative cutting, draping and tailoring, results in a unique wardrobe of exceptional clothing for the twenty-first century woman. Join the designers in discussion with the writer and director Kinvara Balfour.
Opening this week and running until 10 January 2016, the new exhibition at the V&A, London, explores the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. The exhibition showcases over 200 objects from the 3rd to the 21st-century, including Tipu Sultan’s spectacular 18th-century tent, a stunning range of historic costume, highly prized textiles for international trade and cutting-edge fashion by celebrated Indian designers. The Fabric of India brings together the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection alongside international masterpieces displayed for the first time.
A must-see for any fashion and textile student or designer.
You can read more about the exhibition and the programme of events here.
Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe.
New display at the V&A which reveals twenty years of radical and revolutionary designs for performance against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian Revolutions.
Around 150 set and costume designs demonstrate the creative, experimental and visionary performance designs of celebrated artists including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitsky, Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova. With a large number of works exhibited in the UK for the first time, the display explores the unprecedented boom in Russian theatre culture during the first decades of the 20th century and the development of the avant-garde movement.
Theatre & Performance, Room 104 and Leighton, Room 102
This week Print and Fashion Designer Jonathan Saunders talked about his career with Lou Stoppard at the V&A Museum as part of their Talking Fashion series.
‘Renowned for his work as a colourist and printer, Saunders’ designs combine disco shades with classic lines. He was named Scottish Designer of the Yearin 2010 and Elle Designer of the year in 2012.’ V&A
The Scottish designer discussed everything from his journey into fashion and his experiences at Central Saint Martins to the way he’s built his business since and the artistic inspirations behind his collections. SHOWSTUDIO
“Driven by things I knew nothing about” Jonathan Saunders
“Making wise decisions take you from a tiny bedroom to building a business” Jonathan Saunders
A dress by Gareth Pugh made with silvered leather at the Ballgown British Glamour Exhibiton V&A
The exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum features more than sixty beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers and is situated in the newly renovated Fashion Galleries.
The exhibition covers over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Evening wear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, are on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham. It also includes dresses worn by actresses and celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley and Bianca Jagger. Not forgetting a stunning metallic leather dress created especially for the exhibition by innovative designer Gareth Pugh
It’s a must see exhibition, finishing 6 January 2013