ARTIST GIVES VINTAGE PLAYBOY COVERS NEW SPARKLE

Available to buy at Castle Fine Art’s five London galleries – based at South Molton Street, Canary Wharf, The Royal Exchange, Covent Garden and St. Christopher’s Place – from Friday 15th January 2016, the new collection features six cover images dating from 1967-1982 which Claridge handpicked after being granted rare access to the Playboy archives.

 

Claridge, who was signed by Birmingham based art publishers Washington Green Fine Art in 2005 – joining its diverse portfolio of innovative contemporary artists – said:

“Playboy, to me, represents so many firsts… It’s progressive, revolutionary…I cannot emphasise enough the reach and scope of Playboy’s influence.

 Andy Warhol is the primary influence in my career; he famously created a Playboy cover cementing the relationship between Playboy and Pop Art, and paving the way for artists like me. I am so proud that my diamond dust collection is to be part of Playboy’s lineage in 20th century culture.”

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

At the V&A Museum an exhibition with 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from around the world.

The exhibition, sponsored by Clarks, will be on until 31 January 2016

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/shoes-pleasure-and-pain/

Have a look at the gallery!

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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 The retrospective of the year at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, entirely dedicated to the enfant prodige of British fashion

“I am a romantic schizophrenic”

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty starts this weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum, until the 2nd of August. Borrowed from the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Savage Beauty brings together more than 240 accessories and clothes of the designer: from the first collection to complete his Masters at Central Saint Martins School of Fashion in 1992, until his last 2010 collection, inspired by Plato’s Atlantis.

A comprehensive retrospective dedicated to Lee Alexander McQueen‘s immense creativity and craftsmanship. Ten rooms entirely dedicated to his main inspirations, from primitivism, to naturalism and gothic, up to aquatic designs inspired by Plato’s Atlantis.

Embroideries, lace, silk, flowers, organza, white, red and black soft plumes. In McQueen’ s creations beauty is no longer harmony and balance of shapes, it is rather eclectic and endless inspiration, with an open-minded and unconventional approach.

The  Romantic Naturalism room is plenty of flowers, silk and white lace, and gives the visitor a sense of “dreamy” atmosphere, in sharp contrast to the previous Gothic installations. In the middle of Cabinet of Curiosities, there is a post-modern dancer, wearing a tutu decorated with punk yellow and black paint, turning on itself on a rotating platform. All around the platform outstanding creations, from a dress made entirely with white feathers to the Swarovski Crystal Bell Jar Dress (2009 collection)  created in collaboration with the Austrian jewellery company.

His kaleidoscopic approach to fashion impressed the spectator, forced to a radical rethinking of the concept of fashion. Fashion is no longer only a presentation of collections, is transformed into a theatrical and spectacular drama.

 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, SW7 2R, London

For further information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/

(Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in partnership with Swarovski, supported by American Express, with thanks to MAC Cosmetics and made possible with the co-operation of Alexander McQueen, runs from 14th March – 2 August – http://www.vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty).

 

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WOMEN FASHION POWER

29 OCTOBER 2014 – 26 APRIL 2015

DESIGN MUSEUM – London

Twenty-five high-profile women from the worlds of politics, culture, business and fashion are personally contributing outfits and interviews to the Design Museum exhibition, London.

Highlights of the vintage pieces on display include a Zandra Rhodes ‘Conceptual Chic’ punk wedding dress, a Mansfield suit worn by Margaret Thatcher, clothes and accessories owned by Elsa Schiaparelli and a Jacques Azagury dress worn by Princess Diana.

The entire exhibition has been created by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

The event celebrates iconic and inspiring women from many fields such as politics, culture, business and fashion. Pioneers who had a considerable impact on our wardrobes. Enjoy!

 

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