August 20 2014

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3 posts tagged "V&A"

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to Debut Horst Exhibition


horstAs if we needed another reason to book a flight to London. WWD reports that the Victoria & Albert Museum is set to host Horst: Photographer of Style, featuring late German photographer Horst P. Horst’s body of work. In addition to 250 photographs, the show, which opens September 6, will include haute couture pieces, magazines, film footage, and more items related to his sixty-year career.

The exhibit also aims to delve into the creative process behind Horst’s most famous images. For example, a short film about his work at Vogue in the 1940s explores his dramatic use of light and color. The whopping ninety covers he shot for Vogue will be on display. In addition to his work at Vogue, Horst’s fashion and art connections were vast: He was friends with Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, and collaborated with surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. “Horst…produced some of the most famous and evocative images of the 20th century. This exhibition will shine a light on all aspects of his long and distinguished career,” said Martin Roth, director of the V&A. The exhibition will run through January 4, 2015.

Photo: Condé Nast/Horst Estate 

A Thousand Years Of Hats—And One Wig—At Stephen Jones’ Curatorial Debut


There arguably couldn’t be a more perfect time for Stephen Jones to be in New York talking hats—what with the American fascination with fascinators (see Princess Beatrice, newly minted Internet meme) lingering from last Friday’s Royal Wedding. The natty milliner was in town for Monday night’s Met gala and to introduce his collaborative exhibit with the Victoria and Albert Museum, called Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones. The show, which arrives in New York City at the Bard Graduate Center this September, includes hats and headpieces from throughout time and all over the world, curated by Jones and the V&A’s Oriole Cullen. “It’s funny,” he said yesterday. “I realized there’s a hat in the show called Martian’s Claw from 1960 by Michael of Lachasse that’s just like Princess Beatrice’s but in sequins.” He made 25 hats for the wedding, and reports that Philip Treacy made 36. “It was the ultimate hat day, I guess,” said Jones, a bit wearily.

Hats is, fittingly, the ultimate hat show, but pulling it together was no easy feat. Jones and Cullen researched for two years, eventually sourcing the 250 pieces from 72 separate lenders along with the V&A’s extensive collection. The works shown range from a Coptic fez from 1100 A.D. to the pieces by the latest young British milliners, like Nasir Mazhar and Noel Stewart, from the aughts, nearly a millennium later. Hats is meant to give you a 360-degree view of the craft, with a re-creation of Jones’ first atelier and a section devoted to hat wearers. You can expect to be in the close presence of Very Important Headgear like Schiaparelli’s shoe hat from 1937—of which there are only two in existence—and one of Jackie Kennedy’s pillboxes, pulled in especially for the show’s American tour. (The shoe hat is top right; a flower-adorned 1955 Christian Dior veil by Mitzi Bricard is top left. One of Jones’ own creations, “Warped Perspective,” is abpve.) Jones and Cullen also like to connect the dots with a wink and a smile. To wit, you’ll be able to see Darth Vader’s helmet sharing a vitrine with a samurai’s, the likes of which directly inspired it. Perhaps the most unexpected piece, also exclusive to the stateside show, is Andy Warhol’s shaggy silver wig. “He really wore it in the spirit of a hat,” said Cullen. “It was a statement.”

Photos: © Peter Ashworth (Jones); © V&A (Schiaparelli, Dior)

Nina Ricci Makes It Official, Sofia Coppola Keeps It PG, And More


The long-expected Olivier Theyskens and Nina Ricci breakup was formalized last week, five days after Theyskens’ inspired show. We can officially mourn. [WWD]

Sofia Coppola‘s ad for Miss Dior Chérie L’Eau is pure Parisian whimsy. Even though the soundtrack—Brigitte Bardot’s “Moi Je Joue”—ends before Bardot’s suggestive scream of pleasure, the visual metaphor of model Maryna Linchuk floating into the sky via a bouquet of balloons is easy enough to parse. Watch the clip. [The Moment]

Speaking of metaphors, the Times piece on San Francisco’s “slow-sex
beats, rather delicately, around the bush. [NYT]

Lindsay‘s got a warrant out, but she’ll be skipping today’s court appearance. Totally unexpected Lohan behavior. [AP]

Want to touch Mick Jagger‘s jumpsuit? The V&A probably adheres to a hands-off policy, but starting Wednesday, it and other sartorial gems will be on view in the museum’s new Theatre and Performance Galleries. [The Telegraph]

Photo: Marcio Madeira