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Exhibition : Henri Matisse – The Cut Outs at the Tate Modern, 17 April – 7 September 2014

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Henri Matisse, The Snail 1953

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© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013

Tate Modern: Exhibition – 17 April  – 7 September 2014

Location – Bankside, London SE1 9TG

The Henri Matisse Cut – Outs Exhibition at the Tate Modern which begins on April 17th brings together an extraordinary 120 works of one of the most influential artists of Modern Art which cover the period between 1936 and 1954.
This landmark show explores the period of Matisse’s life that ill heath prevents him from painting, so he develops his ‘painting with scissors’ technique.

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With the aid of assistants he set about creating cut paper collages, often on a large scale, called gouaches découpés. The exhibition explores how the technique began on small commissions and developed into larger works.

The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place, Tate’s The Snail 1953 is shown alongside its sister work Memory of Oceania 1953 and Large Decoration with Masks 1953 .

Matisse’s famous series of Blue Nudes are bought together to illustrate the artist’s renewed interest in the figure.

London is first to host, before the exhibition travels to New York at the Museum of Modern Art and after which the works return to galleries and private owners around the world.

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An intriguing aspect of this exhibition is that with so many pieces of Art it is possible to see the development of his ‘painting with scissors’ technique from rather modest beginnings in the first few rooms to larger and more developed pieces.

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The iconic Blue nudes are the largest number ever exhibited together in Room 9 with the added attraction of some reclining nudes sculptures.

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One of the largest Matisse Cut Outs, The Parakeet and the Mermaid 1952 in Room 10 shows how an increasingly home confined Matisse brings nature into his studio with vibrant colour.

Large scale compositions follow including the famous The Snail, Large decorations with Masks, Memory of Oceania, Ivy in Flower and The Sheaf.

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The last room is fittingly is Nuit de Noel a stain glass window commissioned by Life magazine.

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Walking around the exhibition it slowly dawns on you that Matisse in a stage of his life when ill health severely impairs his painting and with the spectre of death maybe on the horizon rather than drowning in depression goes in completely the opposite direction by celebrating life in all its shapes and forms.

It is often said that many of the works are almost childlike in their simplicity, this is an important part of their appeal because Matisse celebrates the joy of creativity often found in children who paint and create without preconceptions. For this reason the exhibition would be one that children would enjoy.

This is without doubt a major exhibition and likely to be very popular with admirers of Matisse and with a wider public who can relate to the naturalistic symbolism and extraordinary sense of colour.

If you are visiting London over the summer this is an exhibition not to be missed.

Visiting London Guide – Highly Recommended

 

Tickets
Adult £18.00 (without donation £16.30)
Concession £16.00 (without donation £14.50)
Additional booking fee of £1.75 (£2 via telephone) per transaction applies
Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian)

Tate Modern Opening Times
Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00
Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00

To Book Tickets visit the Tate Modern Website here

The London Marathon 2014

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Elite Men with Wilson Kipsang who wins men’s London Marathon in new course record of 2:04.27.

Stanley Biwott, who finished second, while Tsegaye Kebede , last year’s winner, who comes out on top to cross the line third.

Well,  the day of the big race is here and certain sections of London enter a kind of lockdown as roads are closed and barriers are erected next to the busy sections of the course.

From early morning the crowds begin to fill the major parts of the course and over 35,000 nervous individuals consider the magnitude of the task ahead.

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The Elite Women with including winner Edna Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat second, Tirunesh Dibaba 3rd

The London Marathon is unique among international sporting events in that ordinary people  can compete with the best in the world, and that is what will happen this Sunday when over 35,000 people will be running the Marathon course of 26.2 miles.

From humble beginnings the London Marathon  has grown into a global event shown on television in more that 150 countries around the world

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Marcel Hug pipped GB’s David Weir to win in men’s wheelchair race.

A total of 882,946 runners have completed the London Marathon (1981 to 2012), while a record 37,227 people finished in 2012.
it is estimated that more than £500 million has been raised for hundreds of charitable causes by London Marathon runners since 1981.

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For many runners it is a personal challenge undertaken for a variety of reasons and that is why it has always been nicknamed the ‘People’s Marathon’.

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Book Review : An Appetite for Murder by Linda Stratmann

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An Appetite for Murder by Linda Stratmann

The Frances Doughty Mysteries are a series of whodunits written by Linda Stratmann, set in Victorian Bayswater featuring a young female detective.

Frances used to help her father and brother run a chemists shop in Westbourne Grove until their deaths, however with her assistant Sarah she has forged a new career as a detective.

Considered a bit of a novelty in Victorian Bayswater, Frances finds support from the ladies of the Bayswater Women’s Suffrage Society, but opposition from the local police detective Inspector Sharrock.

An Appetite for Murder is the fourth Frances Doughty mystery and includes an interesting mix of Diet Doctors, Suffragettes and shady businessmen.

The novel is based in the respectable streets of Bayswater in 1881, the sudden death of overweight Thomas Whibley  sets off a heated debate between rival diet doctors. The debate descends into anonymous  and libellous accusations and Frances Doughty’s services are required to unmask the mysterious writers of these libellous letters known as “Sanitas” and “Bainiardus”.

Before she can delve into this mystery, our young lady detective is visited by a former  colleague of Mr Whibley, a Horace Sweetman who has just been released from prison after serving fourteen years for a crime he claims he did not commit and is seeking his estranged family.

At the end of the visit, the mystery deepens when the police arrive to arrest Sweetman for the murder of his wife.

The Frances Doughty mysteries in general and  this novel in particular has populated Victorian Bayswater with a series of almost Dickensian figures, however the writer’s real strength is make these characters rounded and credible.

Linda Stratmann has written several books about real life crimes  and this probably explains her ability to examine with great insight the seedy undercurrents of Victorian Society.

But the writers finest achievement is the characters of Frances Doughty and her assistant Sarah whose intelligence and sometimes brawn are bought into play time and time again.  What is particularly impressive is we are left in no doubt that Frances and Sarah are operating in a Man’s world and have to face the everyday prejudices associated with that.

It is significant that Frances keeps her calm in many dangerous situations but loses her cool when propositioned by a so called respectable gentleman.

Bayswater is an unusual and interesting choice to base the novels, although we probably see the area now as an area full of hotels and perhaps transient population, in Victorian London it was considered quite a wealthy area with good quality housing and plenty of quality shops.

Linda Stratmann’s attention to historic details allows you to get a real feel of this environment of the perhaps not “rich” but “comfortably off.” Of course this is the very environment in which white collar crime thrives behind the wall of  so called respectability . And it is this type of crime which is often difficult to detect as Frances quickly finds out first impressions can be deceptive.

This book will appeal to readers who like their mysteries based in a Victorian London full of interesting well drawn characters and who like to see a complex plot unravel slowly to an unpredictable finish.

 

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

If you would like to buy a copy of the book, visit the Visiting London Guide Bookshop here 

Exhibition : The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

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George I (1660-1727) – John Vanderbank  – 1726
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Location – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Friday, 11 April 2014 to Sunday, 12 October 2014
With the 300th anniversary of George I ascending to the throne this year, London has been treated to a series of Georgian exhibitions.
Perhaps one of the most interesting  of these Exhibitions is  The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
This exhibition brings together  over 300 works in the Royal Collection from royal residences across the UK.
When George I  became first British monarch of the German House of Hanover it ushered in an age in which many aspects of  British political, intellectual and cultural life  changed forever.Considering these monumental changes it is remarkable that for most part the key players are virtually forgotten.
This exhibition aims to reintroduce  the cast of the first Georgians and show through their collections how they sought to gain favour with the local aristocracy and a less than enthusiastic  public.
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In the first room , other that the Kings portraits, the main  member of the Royal Family celebrated is Queen Caroline.
An extraordinary woman she had a wide and extensive education in Hanover corresponding with renown philosopher Gottfreid Leibniz.
When her husband George II became King she  surrounded  herself with artists, writers and intellectuals and with her friendship with Walpole had great influence on political events.
She also had great influence on much of the collection in the exhibition especially regarding paintings, sculpture and jewellery
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After the introduction to the main characters, the exhibition moves into the state of the monarchy of the time, the palaces were certainly not on the scale of those on the continent , however as the engravings show there was no widespread building programme but rather extensions of the palaces and furnishing with opulent decorations.
The main reason George I was chosen over the 50 in line before him was religion, he was Protestant whilst the others were Catholics. The Stuarts would not accept the accession without a fight and Bonnie Prince Charlie provided the army to take on the House of Hanover.
In the next gallery we see some aspects of the Georgians as Warriors Kings, a map of Culloden provides details of the rout of the Jacobite army.
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After the Jacobite uprising and with the nation reasonably stable, time could be taken to enjoy the good things in life but as the satirical Hogarth prints in the next part of the gallery prove there is a great danger of excessive behaviour.

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As if to enforce this idea we walk into the first of the main galleries and are faced with a magnificent collection of paintings and decorative arts. The eclectic collection of old masters and contemporary art of the time is more a statement of taste rather than following any particular pattern.

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In the Second main room we have Hogarth’s picture of David Garrick and his wife in which his rakish smile  is a antidote to the classic themes around him.

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Much is made of the way the Georgians changed British Society but less is made of the way they changed the Monarchy.

The picture of the Frederick the Prince of Wales children by Barthélemy du Pan  provides a look to the future when the monarchy is not concerned by political power but becomes the fashion leaders for the aristocracy  and eventually the rising middle classes.

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The idea of “good taste” is central to this exhibition and the setting and scale could not be better.

If you want to lose yourself in the early 18th century for a few hours, this is the exhibition for you.

There is even an imitation coffee house to read the papers of the day or listen to the gossip that whirls around the room.

The dazzling array of paintings and ornamental objects are part of a wider story that to many of us are strangely unfamiliar, that of  the creation of modern Britain and a modern monarchy.

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To find out more about ” the First Georgians” and many of the pictures in the exhibition, there will be a BBC series on the same theme presented by Lucy Worsley which will be shown in late April.

This will undoubtedly generate even more interest in this interesting and visually stunning exhibition.

Visiting London Guide rating – Highly Recommended

Admission Prices

Adult £9.75
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £8.95
Under 17 £4.95
Under 5 Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £24.45

A timed-admission fee of £1.25 per ticket applies to all tickets, excluding Under 17s.

Book tickets here

Review : The Energy Show at the Science Museum – 22 July to 3 August 2014

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The Energy Show at the Science Museum

Location – Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD

Regular visitors to the Science  Museum know that although there are  many wonderful exhibits to entertain children, it is the mini shows they put on to show scientific principles that are usually the main crowd pleasers.

Well the creation of The Energy Show is taking the process one step further by building an entire theatre show about the quest for Energy.

The show  is set in a Frankenstein type workshop full of strange gadgets and chemicals. Into this scientific wonderland enter two young science students who have to face an examination into their knowledge of energy.

The two students could not be more different, Annabella is fond of lists likes everything neat and tidy, Phil is a Star Wars obsessed wild child who likes nothing better than to blow things up.

Both have failed their exams before so need to work together to fulfil their tasks, they also have the help of laboratory assistant Bernard  and  the animated I – nstein.

What happens next is a madcap adventure of scientific experiments which include  Methane bubbles being set alight to make fireballs, hydrogen balloons explode and rockets are fired into the audience.

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In the last-ditch race against time , experiments get bigger and the bangs get louder but have our heroines done enough to pass ?

Often a problem with shows that try to combine education and entertainment is  they fail to get the balance right between the two.

The Energy Show comes up with wonderful solution to the problem by using the amazing animation of I-nstein to go through the scientific principles with accompanying animations whilst the actors get the experiments ready.

This leads to a seamless humorous show that rattles along at a pace that means they keep children entertained whilst allowing many of the adults to enjoy the many references to science fiction films.

The show is recommended for children seven and over,  younger children may enjoy the show but the loud bangs (and they are very loud) may frighten  them.  This and the storyline indicates that seven and above is about the right age to bring children to the show.

At the beginning I said that the Science Museum mini-shows were crowd pleasers, with the Energy Show that have surpassed themselves and created  a multi media extravaganza that starts off with a bang and gets better and better.

With ticket prices very reasonable for this type of entertainment ,  this is a show not to be missed.

 

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

 Tickets

Adult: £13.50
Child: £9.50

Family tickets

1 adult, 2 children: £27.00
2 adults, 1 child: £31.00
2 adults, 2 children: £39.00

Tuesday 22 July – Sunday 3 August 2014
12.00–13.15 and 14.00–15.15
(No Monday performances)

Tickets for the Science Museum shows available here

 

All you need to know about the London Marathon 2014

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The London Marathon is unique among international sporting events in that ordinary people  can compete with the best in the world, and that is what will happen this Sunday when over 35,000 people will be running the Marathon course of 26.2 miles.

The first London Marathon was held in 1981. 7,747 were accepted to race and there were 6,255 finishers, led home by the American Dick Beardsley and Norwegian Inge Simonsen, who staged a dead heat at the  finish on Constitution Hill. Joyce Smith  broke the British record to win the women’s race.

The event was a massive hit with the runners, the thousands of spectators who lined the course, and viewers who followed the race on the BBC. As a result, the 1982 race received more than 90,000 applications from hopeful runners around the world. The entry was limited to 18,059.

The race has grown in size, stature and popularity ever since. Now established among the major events in the sporting calendar, the London Marathon is shown on television in more that 150 countries around the world.

A total of 882,946 runners have completed the London Marathon (1981 to 2012), while a record 37,227 people finished in 2012.
it is estimated that more than £500 million has been raised for hundreds of charitable causes by London Marathon runners since 1981.

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If you are not competing you can join the hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the streets of London to cheer on the runners.
The course has three different starts on Blackheath that straddle the border between the Boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich. These three routes eventually meet up at John Wilson Street in Woolwich by the Royal Artillery Barracks. The ‘race-line’ is marked out in blue on the road for the entire 26.2 miles.
After about six miles, the runners cross the Meridian Line that marks the transition from East to West and pass the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.
They turn right to the Cutty Sark before heading on to Surrey Quays and along Jamaica Road to Tower Bridge at around 12 miles.
Runners then cross the Thames, turning east along The Highway, over the halfway mark, into Wapping and on to the Isle of Dogs, through Canary Wharf, before returning back along The Highway and passing the Tower of London at 22.5 miles.
The course drops down to follow the Thames along Victoria Embankment and on to the Houses of Parliament where it turns towards St James’s Park. Finally, The Mall, with Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch at each end, marks the glorious finish.

However to get the best out of your day, here are some London Marathon day  tips:

AVOID THE START AREA

All the runners are entitled to free travel to the start, this means the trains will already be very busy. Even though extra trains are put on they can only have so many carriages so have great difficulty coping with large numbers of traffic.

If you are following a runner you would be better advised to use the time in the morning to find a good spot to watch the race.

PLACES TO  AVOID

If you have watched the Marathon on the television, you might be tempted to watch from one of the iconic sights like the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and the Mall. Not surprisingly these get crowded very early and become very difficult to move about – Remember you might be in the same spot for hours, so easy access to toilets and food  are important.
These busy areas include: •  Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark. •  Tower Bridge and the Tower Hill area. •  Anywhere from mile 23 to the Finish in The Mall, especially around Westminster and Parliament Square.

BE COMFORTABLE

April in London means that you could be hit by all four seasons in one day, so be prepared for rain, cold and sun.

It is not only the runners that will need food and drink so come prepared or stand near a food outlet.

You are likely to be on your feet all day so wear sensible and comfortable shoes.

TRANSPORT

Many roads are closed on race day, so the best way to get around is using the London Underground, Southeastern and Docklands Light Railway (DLR), who lay on extra services especially. Remember, the trains will be busy all day – expect it to be like rush hour. You’ll probably have to queue at some stations and the tube lines may be forced to shut temporarily throughout the day to help ease the crowds.

For more information and expected timings, visit the Marathon website here

Opera : Faust at the Royal Opera House – 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 22, 25 April

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Faust at the Royal Opera House

Charles-François Gounod’s Faust was once one of the most famous and most performed of all operas: at Covent Garden it was heard every season between 1863 and 1911. Jules Barbier and Michel Carré’s libretto is a tale of romance, temptation, and the age-old battle between satanic powers and religion. It is based on Carré’s play Faust et Marguerite, which in turn is based on Part I of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s dramatic poem Faust, one of the great works of European literature.

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David McVicar’s  large-scale production of Gounod’s Faust sets the action in Gounod’s Paris in the 1850s, and revels in the opera’s dark gothic elements.

The story of the opera centres on the eponymous character of Faust, who, after attempting suicide, sells his soul to the devil Méphistophélès in exchange for youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite.

French and Italian opera specialist Maurizio Benini returns to conduct all performances, having conducted the
production when it was new in 2004 and again in 2006.

Singing the title role of Faust is Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, who recently performed the role to wide critical acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
The role of Marguerite will be shared by Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva and Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou.

Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and British baritone Simon Keenlyside, who both sang in the premiere of this production in 2004, will return to the roles of Méphistophélès and Valentin.
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Faust will be performed at the Royal Opera House on 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 22, 25  April at 7pm.

To Book Tickets press here

Running time

About 3 hours 30 minutes | Including one interval. Acts One, Two and Three will last for about 1 hour 50 minutes, followed by a 30 minute interval. Acts Four and Five will last for about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Language

Sung in French with English surtitles

All you need to know about The University Boat Race – April 6th 2014

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One of the more unusual events on the British sporting calendar is the University Boat Race, the annual rowing race between Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club on the River Thames between  Putney to Mortlake.

To the  uninitiated , each boat is made up of eight rowers and a cox and they row the 4.2 mile course, somewhat confusingly each boat is known as the “blue boat” due to the crews colours, light blue for Cambridge and Dark blue for Oxford.

The first race was in 1829 and the event has been annually ever since 1856 except for the war years, at present the scores are Cambridge 81 wins, Oxford 77 wins and one dead heat in 1877.

Part of the mystique of the boat race is often not the race itself which is seldom that close and is often decided by on which side you start. It is when things go wrong that make the headlines. In 1912 both crews sank due to the poor weather, Cambridge sank in 1859 and 1978, Oxford sank in 1925 and 1951. In 1984 Cambridge sank before the race started when their boat hit a barge.
There have also been rumours of mutinies of crews, however the most recent disruption was when a protester swam in front of the boats in 2012.
it is not only a contest of brute strength , it is a great advantage to have fastest current so ability to read the river is vital.

For much of the races history, spectators tended to have associations with the universities, however since the race was sponsored in 1976 there have been moves to widen the races appeal and it is promoted and broadcast on many media platforms.

Crowds have grown in recent years and the most popular spots along the course tend to be well populated, unlike many sporting events this one is free and can be quite enjoyable if the weather is fine and you find a vantage point.

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The Course

The BNY Mellon Boat Race begins at 5.55pm on 6th April

You can enjoy the festival atmosphere of The Boat Race by watching for free from one of the many vantage points along the course. You should be able to find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are: Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish).

Boat Race in the Park events featuring large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith mean you will be able to watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. Refreshments will be available within the parks.

For more details, visit the boat  race website here

EXHIBITION: THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION 1945-2014 at the V and A, 5th April – 27th July

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Location – Victoria and Albert Museum,Cromwell Road, London SW7

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 is the first major exhibition to explore Italy’s rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It examines the craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories. On display are around 100 ensembles, both menswear and womenswear, by the leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace alongside the work of forgotten post-war designers such as the Fontana Sisters and Simonetta as well as garments by the emerging Italian fashion talent of today.

The exhibition examines Italy’s dramatic transition from post-war ruins to the luxury paraded in the landmark ‘Sala Bianca’ catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, which propelled Italian fashion onto the world stage. During the 1950s and ’60s the many Hollywood films that were shot on location in Italy had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fuelling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy.

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Elizabeth Taylor wears Bulgari jewellery at the masked ball, Hotel Ca’Rezzonico, Venice  1967

On display are around 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada and Versace,

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Valentino posing with models nearby Trevi Fountain. Rome,
Date: July 1967:  Courtesy of The Art Archive / Mondadori Portfolio / Marisa Rastellini

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The Exhibition reflects the subject matter being stylish, well-balanced and informative,  the wide selection of fashion exhibits will satisfy  even the most discerning fashion follower.

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However the exhibition has a larger story to tell, that of a country in ruins after the humiliating defeat of the Second World War.

It was fashion that became one of the drivers for recovery, the stylish designs of Italian high fashion and fine tailoring became popular exports.

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The sections on Return to Luxury and Tailoring focus on the post war years  until the 1960s.

In the 50s and 60s Italy’s reputation for tailored clothing developed internationally thanks to the high-profile of a number of Italian actors and actresses and the growth of Italy economy.

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And here another story begins which features the new confidence in Italian products that are “Made in Italy”  and what then develops is the growth of designers and manufacturers, many that  started  as small family run businesses who then grow  into global brands.

If Rome remained the cultural capital, Milan takes over as the fashion capital and  “Made in Italy”  becomes a marketing campaign that celebrates Italian  premium products in cinema, art, food, tourism, design and especially fashion.

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Since the 1990s we have had the Cult of the Fashion Designer , where many Italian designers have developed their brands globally and sell a wide range of products in many of the most exclusive shopping areas all over the world.

And we reach the latest development in the story, Italian Fashion’s Future , many of the Italian family run businesses have become victim to the global market where wealthy foreign companies have bought  well-known brands and have transferred production abroad so “Made in Italy” becomes “Made in China”. What effect will this have for the Italian Global Brand ?

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Although the exhibition will attract legions of fashion followers, it should also appeal to people who wish to see a wider picture of a global phenomenon of the late 20th century.

Many view the fashion world as shallow and self-absorbed , The V and A have in this Exhibition managed to place this world in its proper context  and consider wider implications.  This is a considerable achievement and will hopefully go a long way to  guaranteeing this fascinating Exhibitions success.

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Exhibition opening times
5 April – 27 July 2014
Daily 10.00 – 17.30
(last ticket sold 16.00, last entry 16.15)
Friday 10.00 – 21.30
(last ticket sold 20.00, last entry 20.15)
Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing

Ticket Prices

£13.50 Full Price but concessions available for some groups.

If you would like to book tickets for the Exhibition press here

If would like a copy of the book related to the Exhibition press here

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening to the public – April 5th

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Relive those memories of London 2012 by exploring the soon to be opened south part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

From 10am on Saturday 5 April people will be able wander freely around the Park  for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The south of the Park features:

•   A new tree-lined promenade with 100 trees strung with a unique globe lighting system.
•   Interactive water fountains and an action packed adventure playground.
•   Four themed walking trails explore the key sights of the London 2012 Games, the Park’s biodiversity, family fun on the Park and arts and culture.

The 114.5m tall Arcelor Mittal Orbit, visitors will be  open  with two  viewing platforms at 76 and 80 metres high
Tickets are already on sale – children £7, adults £15, family of four £40 (two adults and two children).

At the base of the Arcelor Mittal Orbit, visitors will be able to relax in The Podium. It boasts a versatile events space, East Twenty Bar & Kitchen and roof top terrace with fabulous views of the iconic venues.

To celebrate the Park opening, there’ll be activity running from 10am to 5pm over the weekend, including music, sports and arts.
For more details visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website here