BLACK BRITISH STYLE
7 OCTOBER - 16 JANUARY 2005
Black British Style is the first exhibition in the UK to explore the style
and fashion of black people in Britain and their impact on British culture
over the past 50 years. The exhibition focuses on dress, fashion and styling
across all aspects of black British culture and life. It looks at black
dress from the 1950s, everyday clothes, traditional clothing, Sunday dressing
for church, contemporary street style and fashion from black music and
dance. A section looks at 'respect' and the importance and meaning of
of Black British Style include Mis-Teeq's outfits from their 'Scandalous'
single and a selection of trainers from Goldie's private collection; an
elegant 'arrival' outfit worn by Dr Beryl Gilroy when she emigrated to
Britain in 1952; a 'Free Angela Davis' t-shirt; Jazzy B's outfit for the
Back to Life video; traditional African textiles and garments; and clothes
and accessories by influential fashion designers Wale Adayame and Joe
include 'Soundscapes: Conversations in Sound and Style' to feature Goldie,
Sabrina Washington (Mis-Teeq), Lisa Maffia (So Solid Crew) and more.
ENCOUNTERS: THE MEETING OF ASIA AND EUROPE 1500-1800
23 SEPTEMBER - 5 DECEMBER 2004
The V&A's major autumn exhibition, Encounters: The Meeting of Asia
and Europe, brings together a range of fascinating objects from Asia and
Europe from the period 1500 -1800 after Europeans first discovered the
sea route to the Indies and with it the enduring appeal of the exotic.
On show are
more than 200 objects including rare porcelain and spectacular jewel-encrusted
caskets made for European princes and collectors along with exquisite
miniature paintings. The exhibition displays luxury goods made for the
European market such as lacquer, silks, wallpapers and cashmere.
explores three hundred years of artistic, cultural and technological interaction
and exchange between Asia and Europe. The exhibition shows how East and
West have always been fascinated with each other, and that the desire
for and appeal of the exotic has shaped the material culture of both.
film screenings, talks with Meera Syal and Mike Leigh, an Encounters singles
evening, and art, cookery and dance workshops.
9 SEPTEMBER - 5 DECEMBER 2004
Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was a pioneering designer who helped shape
British design over the last century. He is considered the first independent
industrial designer, running a studio supplying designs to manufacturers
including Wedgwood, Minton and Coalbrookdale. The exhibition examines
Dresser's career with displays of silver, metalwork, furniture, ceramics,
textiles, wallpaper and watercolours. Dresser's influences included Japanese,
Egyptian and Asian art and design as well as abstract pattern based on
the scientific study of botany.
Japan in 1876 as the official representative of the V&A and the British
Government, exchanging the best examples of European design for their
Japanese equivalents. This trip was to transform his designs and he began
to reject ornament in favour of form and the qualities of materials. It
is this dramatic shift and Dresser's approach towards manufacture that
has led him to be considered a pioneer of the aesthetic ideas which have
dominated design over the last 100 years.
has been organised by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian
Institution in New York.
BLACK BRITISH STYLE
FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER
18.30 - 22.00
A night celebrating Black music and style to tie in with the major exhibition.
With DJ Charlie Dark and live performances and workshops from Blacktronica
SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER 2004
11.00 - 17.00
A day full of interactive carnival events including costume, make-up and
dance workshops, with live steel pan and soca music. The day culminates
with a parade of costume highlights from the 2004 Notting Hill Carnival.
MOTION: CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS
SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER 2004
Exclusive catwalk shows at 13.30 and 15.30 in the Raphael gallery - admission
free. October's Fashion in Motion at the V&A will show the hottest
talents of the Central Saint Martin's graduates of 2004 in two catwalk
shows. The shows, taking place in the V&A's beautiful Raphael gallery,
will feature fifteen collections designed by the crème de la crème
of one of the world's leading fashion schools. The stunning designs were
first seen in June this year in the Central St Martins Graduate show.
This is the first chance the public will have to see them. This fashion
show promises to be an eye-catching blend of colour and fabric as the
Stella McCartneys and Alexander McQueens of tomorrow wow the crowds with
their stylish collections.
WHO MURDERED CHAUCER?
WEDNESDAY 13 OCTOBER
19.15 Lecture Theatre
Terry Jones, a former member of Monty Python, and author of several works
on the Middle Ages, undertakes an historical murder investigation.
KIDS AT THE
BIG DRAW AT THE V&A
SATURDAY 16 AND SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER
11.00 - 17.00
GETTING INTO SHAPE
For this year's Big Draw, the V&A's theme is 'Getting into Shape'.
Put yourself into a stretchy fabric bag and get your new shape drawn on
paper. Then turn your outline into an architectural design; students from
the Architectural Association will be on hand to help. Alternatively make
up a shape story inspired by the shapes of objects from the collections.
Watch dancers perform their stretch bag dances. On Sunday 17 October,
at 14.00 and 16.00 Mark Speight from Children's BBC SMart will be inspiring
everyone to think about shape. At 15.00 Anthony Browne, author of the
Shape Game, will give a drawing demonstration.
The Big Draw has a simple aim: to get everyone drawing. Now in its fifth
year, join hundreds of venues throughout the UK for a nationwide celebration
GETTING INTO PRINT
SATURDAY 23 - SUNDAY 31 OCTOBER
11.00 - 13.00 AND 14.00 - 17.00 Lunchroom
Free drop-in event
Create your own print by examining designs from around the world, explore
the ways designers like Christopher Dresser gained inspiration from many
cultures. Using rubber stamps you will be able to make a design which
will be transferred onto a T-shirt for you to keep.
EVERY SATURDAY 10.30-17.00
Children can hoist a Back-Pack on their shoulders and embark upon an adventure
across the Museum. Back-Pack tours are full of exciting hands-on activities
related to the collections. There are eight Back-Packs to choose from:
Chinese Treasures, Metal Detector, The Explorer, The Antique Detective,
Magic Glasses, Fancy Furnishings, Murder Mystery and The Emperor's Party.
Activities can last 30-45 minutes. For children aged 5-12 years.
EVERY SUNDAY 10.30 -17.00
Explore the Museum's collections through drawing and making activities.
The Activity Cart is sited in a different gallery each weekend. Loaded
with a huge variety of activities ranging from making mosaics in the Sculpture
Gallery to designing a kimono in the Japanese Gallery. Activities are
suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied
by an adult.
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL
The V&A is open daily 10am - 5.45pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays and
the last Friday of the month. The nearest underground station is South
Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). For general information
call 020 7942 2000. Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk
OTHER V&A MUSEUMS
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD AT BETHNAL GREEN
23 OCTOBER - 9 JANUARY 2005
The ultimate exhibition of the most sought-after toys from the last century.
Discover how film and television have influenced the toy industry and
the emergence of merchandising. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, from Bionic
Woman to Bionicles, from Meccano to K'Nex, and from Care Bears to Furby,
Must-Have Toys is the most comprehensive collection of desirable toys
ever seen in the UK.
There is a busy programme of activities and events to coincide with this
UNTIL FEBRUARY 2005
A display highlighting Sindy's story as this iconic doll reaches middle
age. A rare opportunity to see how she changed, with examples both past
AT COVENT GARDEN
A GREAT NIGHT OUT! - THE MAKING OF THE WEST END 1843 - 2010 THROUGHOUT
2004 & 2005 A mini-exhibition charting the history of London's West
End with models of theatres from Victorian times to today including new
plans for Cameron Mackintosh theatres.