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Go See: Summer Edit- Victoria & Albert Museum shows

This Summer, we’ve picked out three shows at the V&A that might just give you a bit of inspiration for different design projects with us.

 

These thought provoking shows look to the future and reconstruct the past – we guarantee you will come away with some research references that will help to shape your design ideas, whether you’ll working on textile design, fashion, architecture, product design or other arts and design disciplines.

Featured image credit: ‘Greenpeace Detox Catwalk’ in Bandung © Greenpeace/ Hati Kecil Visuals. Courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum.

 

Fashioned from Nature

 

Credit: Fashioned from Nature – Exhibition Trailer, via YouTube. With over 300 items on display, this exhibition reminds us of how crucial the natural world is to the making of textiles, garments and accessories and how damaging this demand can be. From innovative design ideas to combat fashion’s impact on the environment to graphic posters and garments made to communicate messages about the ‘harmful side of fashion’, this show gives you much to think about. You’ll also get the chance to see different types of controversial raw materials used across the ages from the animal world, as well as pattern and surface designs inspired by birds, mammals and plant life. With plastic levels on the rise how are designers making use of this waste material? Come and see their ideas for reusing man-made materials instead of spending precious natural resources.

‘Fashioned from Nature’ is £12.00 or free for members
Until 27 January 2019
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 2RL

 

The Future Starts Here

 

Credit: ‘Radical Love’, DNA portrait of Chelsea Manning, by Heather Dewey-Hagborg.
 Courtesy of Heather Dewey-Hagborg and 
Fridman Gallery, New York City.
Across the planet, research departments in global companies, universities and smaller design studios are predicting the future. The business of developing concepts and prototypes is serious stuff. This show explores the ‘impact these objects have on the body, home, politics, cities and the planet.’ Like ‘Fashioned from Nature’, as an audience member you’re being asked some seriously interesting questions about the impact of the choices we make in our day-to-day lives. Meet information artists and designers who work with DNA; view research projects by Apple and Google; find out how robotics and biotechnology could change people’s lives for the better and discover how architects and designers are imagining the future of multicultural and multigenerational city living.

‘The Future Starts Here’ is £16 or free for members
Until 4 November 2018
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 2RL

 

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

 

Credit: ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’, 16 June – 14 November 2018. Sponsored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. © 2017 Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums, Av. 5 de Mayo, No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, CP 06000, Mexico City. Image, Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939. Photograph Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives.
Co-curated by London College of Fashion’s Claire Wilcox, this show introduces the Mexican artist through a series of her personal belongings. These objects or artefacts paint a fascinating story of this female icon and the identity that she ‘fashioned’ for herself. At 18 Frida was involved in a near fatal road accident which often left her bed bound and meant that most of her signature portraiture work was made from her bed. The curators of the show have re-imagined ‘The Blue House’, her home which was sealed by her husband, artist Diego Rivera after her death. Many of the objects on display were discovered when the house was finally accessed by Museo Frida Kahlo in 2004. Explore the exhibition to find out how she managed to cope with her disabilities in order to make work infused with Mexican and Columbian pride.

‘Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up’ is £15.00 or free for members.
Until 4 November 2018
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 2RL