It’s a great time for fashion related exhibitions here in London. If you live in, or are planning a visit, over the next few weeks, it’s worth including some culture in your Christmas shopping excursions – I know, I know but there’s no point in denying it’s only 67 days away!.
You could start with the Tim Walker Story Teller, which opens today at Somerset House and runs until the 27th of January. Tim Walker is one of our favourite fashion photographers, who creates fantastical, dream like portraits, editorials and advertising campaigns. This exhibtition showcases his work over the last seven years, working with some of biggest names in fashion and contemporary culture and placing them in unlikely settings. Highlights include Elber Elbaz sporting a pair of rabbit ears, Agyness Deyn in the sand dunes of Namibia and Helena Bonham Carter looking suitably mad wearing with Ray-Bans, holding a Diet Coke.
The show also includes some of the amazing, oversize props he uses in his shoots and illustrates the level of technical ability in each of his photographs. There is a stunning, huge book to accompany the exhibition, which is well worth a look.
This is a must see if you are an ex punk (like me) as it provides a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design and features previously unseen public and private archives and collections. All those handmade graphics and anarchic slogans will bring back lots of memories!
It’s on until the 4th of November.
Onto the Kings Road (and the wonderful Peter Jones) to the Saatchi Gallery and the Little Black Jacket exhibition. Staged in conjunction with Chanel, The Little Black Jacket takes a look at the iconic Chanel black jacket through the eyes of Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.
King Karl has styled the jacket on 113 friends of the House, adapting the garment to reflect their personality and style – worn as a cape on singer Lily Allen, draped around model Stella Tennant, or transformed into a vest on model Edie Campbell.
‘The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’ is also available to buy as a book.
Finally onto Knightsbridge for the V&A’s autumn exhibition, Hollywood Costume. This major show explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling and brings together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from a century of film-making.
This could be a great one to take reluctant teenagers too (“oh not the Tate Modern again Mum”) as they can view the clothes worn by film characters such as Indiana Jones, Scarlett O’Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly and Darth Vader and you can even see the original Ruby Slippers form the Wizard of Oz.
Combine a visit in half term to the Harrods food Hall and Christmas Grotto, followed by a burger at Byron – motherly duties and culture – done!
There are all sorts of talks and events going on around the exhibition and it’s definitely worth booking tickets. You have plenty of time to see this one as it’s on until the 27th of January.