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Diana: Her Fashion Story

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      Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales

A major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Don’t miss an extraordinary collection of garments, including the iconic velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.

Venue: Kensington Palace
until 31 Dec 2019

Poster Girls A century of art and design

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Poster Girls – a century of art and design will feature some of the leading female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known individuals who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city. The works on display show a dazzling spectrum of artistic styles and mediums; modernist, figurative, flat colour, boldly patterned, abstract, collage and oil.

Venue: London Transport Museum
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FASHIONED from NATURE

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 This is the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum
until 14 Oct 2018

SPLENDOURS OF THE SUBCONTINENT

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Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts
Explore illuminated Mughal manuscripts, natural history paintings, vivid depictions of the Hindu pantheon of gods and modern masterpieces.

A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6
Discover more about the jewellery, gold and ceremonial arms presented to the future King Edward VII during his historic tour of the subcontinent in 1875–

Venue: THE QUEEN'S GALLERY BUCKINGHAM PALACE
until 7 Oct 2018

THOMAS COLE’S JOURNEY

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Discover one of America’s leading painters of the mid-19th century. With his work seldom seen outside the USA, this exhibition establishes British-born Thomas Cole (1801–1848) as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art. Displaying Cole’s paintings alongside those of his contemporaries,  including Turner and Constable, the exhibition brings to light the dialogue between American and European artists of the mid-19th century.

The exhibition includes Cole’s monumental cycle of paintings ‘The Course of Empire’ (1833–36, New York Historical Society), and provides a vivid new context for Cole’s ‘The Oxbow’ (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting, never previously shown in the U

Venue: National Gallery
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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

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The exhibition explores how Frida Kahlo fashioned her identity, offering an unparalleled insight into one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. It will be the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display these clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 21 Oct 2018

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

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This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery
until 7 Oct 2018

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

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Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.  Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.    The show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017.

Venue: The Design Museum
until 20 Jan 2019

I object Ian Hislop’s search for dissent

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We realise that uncovering a treasure trove of dissenting objects can be tricky. Luckily, we’ve found someone who can help. We’ve invited Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop (you know, the one from Have I Got News For You) to have a rummage around in the stores. On his search, he’s hand-picked a range of intriguing objects that explore the idea of dissent, subversion and satire (but don’t worry, we made him wear gloves).

Venue: The British Museum
until 20 Jan 2019

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne

Enjoy highlights from the Courtauld Gallery, including famous works by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Manet, and Seurat alongside a selection of much-loved Impressionist paintings from the Gallery’s own holdings.

Venue: The National Gallery
until 23 Dec 2018

A New Figurative Art 1920-1945 Works from the Giuseppe Iannaccone Collection

Since the early 1990s, Milanese lawyer Giuseppe Iannaccone has been amassing one of the most outstanding private collections of Italian art from the inter-war years. For the first time, the collection will be coming to the UK and will be shown at London’s Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. A New Figurative Art 1920-1945: Works from the Giuseppe Iannaccone Collection will run from 26 September until 23 December 2018.

Venue: Estorick Collection

Starting in September 2018

29 Sep -10 Dec

OCEANIA

Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, we celebrate the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary.  The year is 1768, and Britain is in the throes of the Age of Enlightenment Oceania will bring together around 200 exceptional works from public and private collections worldwide, and will span over 500 years. From shell, greenstone and ceramic ornaments, to huge canoes and stunning god images, we explore important themes of voyaging, place making and encounter. The exhibition draws from rich historic ethnographic collections dating from the 18th century to the present, and includes seminal works produced by contemporary artists exploring history, identity and climate change. 29 September — 10 December 2018

 Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts

Starting in October 2018

2 Oct -7 Oct

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

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Japanisme & Its Influence on European Interiors
Mixed with formal antiques, collectors’ items, art and accessories from the 20th century to the quirky, the formula proved an instant hit.  Exhibitors were encouraged to display their stock in a room-set fashion.  Using their highly creative skills, the dealers’ stands provide ideas and inspiration for how to display items at home.  Many of our exhibitors also work as designers to their clients, sourcing stock and advising on display

Venue: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
11 Oct -27 Jan

ANNI ALBERS

Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art. This is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK. a long overdue recognition of Albers’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design. As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers was discouraged from taking up certain classes. She enrolled in the weaving workshop and made textiles her key form of expression. She inspired and was inspired by her artist contemporaries, among them her teacher, Paul Klee, and her husband, Josef Albers.

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Venue: TATE MODERN
12 Oct -20 Jan

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

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Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs!   As a decade of design, the Thirties saw off the excess of the Jazz Age and ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II. As the flapper grew up, so too did her fashions. The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens.

Venue: Fashion and Textile Museum
12 Oct -20 Jan

Cecil Beaton: Thirty from the 30s | Fashion, Film and Fantasy

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Celebrated as one of Britain’s most influential portrait photographers, Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was among the greatest visual chroniclers of the Twentieth Century. This distinguished photographer spent many years as a major contributor to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Life, The Sketch and Tatler, photographing the most notable names in fashion, film, the arts and society.

Venue: Fashion and Textile Museum
24 Oct -24 Feb

EDWARD BURNE-JONES

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Born in 1833, Burne-Jones rejected the industrial world of the Victorians, looking instead for inspiration from medieval art, religion, myths and legends.  One of the last Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne-Jones brought imaginary worlds to life in awe-inspiring paintings, stained glass windows and tapestries.This exhibition – his first solo show at Tate since 1933 – charts Burne-Jones’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.

Venue: TATE BRITAIN