Go: London's Must-See Fashion Exhibits
December 17, 2012
As one of the cultural centers of the world, London always has a lot going on. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in The Big Smoke in the next few months, as I was recently, make sure that you pull yourself away from Harrods long enough to check out these three cultural exhibitions currently on show. You won’t be disappointed.
At Somerset House until January 27
This free exhibition at Somerset House walks us through many of the iconic fashion photographer’s favourite works, and reveals the intriguing back story behind each series. Every Tim Walker photo is a work of art, and this masterful exhibit gives the viewer an intriguing glimpse at the creative process behind each image. Touching quotes from Walker line the walls the of the intimate gallery space, while memorable props such as a cartoon airplane and an oversized doll help put the photos in context.
At the Victoria and Albert museum until January 27
The V&A ambitiously bills itself as “the world’s greatest museum of art and design,” and with blockbuster exhibitions such as Hollywood Costume in place, it may very well reach that goal soon enough. Cleverly incorporating text, videos and a bewildering selection of the most memorable costumes that have appeared on film, Hollywood Costume is a treat for the senses. Whether your favourite movie is Harry Potter or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this exhibition is your unprecedented chance to see the wardrobe highlights from each film up close and personal.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 At the National Portrait Gallery until February 17
This last pick is not a fashion exhibition per se (although there are some fashion photos on display), but I’ve always held a soft spot for London’s National Portrait Gallery. The 60 photographs on display showcase a compelling slice of contemporary British culture alongside an excellent serving of international portraiture. The intimate works are from a mix of amateurs, students, and professional photographers, and place everyone from artist Ai Weiwei to anonymous slum-dwellers in their focus.