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Apr 15

Alexander McQueen at the V&A


The Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibition is on at the V&A at the moment, running until the 2nd of August – I was working in London the other week and managed to get a ticket.   The show begins with work from his graduate exhibition and continues through to the unfinished 2010 collection.  I’d say if you know you’re heading along try and book a ticket online – but they seem to be booked out quite far in advance, but fear not, you should be able to get a ticket at the V&A on the day that you’re visiting even if you have to wait until your time slot, they withhold tickets each day to sell.  I can’t say that I’ve followed McQueen’s work in the past  and kind of went in without any expectation but the exhibition is really a master class in fashion and design.  McQueen’s work is obviously remarkable but the exhibition layout and format is really spectacular – there are rooms that are so beautiful and alternatively quite weird that it’s was hard to imagine what was coming next.  The scale and quality of the show really is a big clap to the V&A.  There is heaps of resource material on the link below and you should be able to check out the ticket availability here too, but really the moral of the story is go and see it!

Exhibition Details Link

Took a few moments to gather my thoughts after the exhibition in the museum shop where I saw some work by a company I know well, loved the display too!  Is self publicity wrong?  Oh, well!


Apr 09

Magna Carta Update


King John Crown Range

Greetings from the British Library!  A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to the British Library to check out the exhibition and of course, the shop!  I love a good museum shop and the British Library shop doesn’t disappoint, with a special area outside the exhibition and also the regular shops which has the most wonderful selection of books.   We did a post a while back with all the making and designing of the ranges for the Magna Carta exhibition, and in the spirit of a good before and after, I thought I’d update with some photos of the jewellery in the store and online.


Magna Carta

Fleur de Lys Necklace

The use of the fleur de lys features strongly in the English and Scottish crown jewels and seemed like the right symbol to use in this series too, royal lineage, the right time frame and it’s a very elegant symbol.  The finished products looked great and the hand applied gold leafing really gives a lovely finish.   Well, I hope everyone enjoyed the ‘before’ and ‘after’ and that you squeeze in a visit to the exhibition – it runs until the 1st of September 2015.

British Library Web Site