ISABELLA BLOW: FASHION GALORE
Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA T: 020 7845 4600
This is the first major exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary
life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art.
The show features pieces by the designers Blow discovered, most
notably her protégées Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen, whose MA
collections are on display alongside footage of their graduate
shows. Photos and letters from Blow's childhood offer a rare and
touching insight into the private life of a very public icon.
Until 2nd March 2014
HELLO, MY NAME IS PAUL
Design Museum, 28 Butlers Wharf, SE1 2YD T: 020 7403 6933
Drawing on Paul Smith's personal archives, this exhibition tracks
the quintessentially British label's journey from its humble
beginnings in Nottingham to its position of international
prominence today. An entirely immersive experience, visitors are
guided through a series of replica shops and spaces, in which some
of Paul's most iconic pieces are displayed alongside his private
collection of photographs, posters and artwork.
Until 9th March 2014
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE T: 020 7306
With over 250 works personally selected and printed by David
Bailey, this is one of the gallery's most significant photography
exhibitions to date. The images are presented thematically across a
series of contrasting rooms and will illustrate the extraordinary
range of subjects that he has captured throughout his career:
actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists
and people encountered on his travels.
Until 1st June 2014
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN T: 020 7747
This exhibition offers the unique opportunity to witness the
reunion of two of Vincent van Gogh's iconic 'Sunflower' paintings -
shown together in London for the first time in 65 years. The
display will also include the results of recent scientific research
into the two paintings, which have revealed new insights into how
van Gogh painted his 'Sunflowers' and what materials he used,
resulting in a deeper understanding of the making and meaning of
these works of art, and of their relationship to each other.
Until 27th April 2014
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX T: 020 3166
The exhibition showcases exquisite dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth
II, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana, alongside exclusive video
footage and photography documenting the diversity of royal fashion
in the 20th century. Highlights from the collection of 21 couture
gowns include the purple Dior evening gown worn for The Queen's
Silver Jubilee celebrations and the ballerina-length blue dance
dress by Jacques Azagury worn by Princess Diana.
Until Summer 2015