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ART DECO 1910-1939
27 March * 20 July 2003

Sponsored by Ernst & Young
The V&A's major exhibition ?Art Deco 1910-1939' is the most comprehensive ever staged on one of the most glamorous and popular of all artistic styles. It is the first to explore Art Deco as a global phenomenon affecting cities as far apart as Paris, New York, Bombay and Shanghai. It examines how Art Deco brought an exotic, vibrant style to the most precious and exclusive works of art as well as to mass produced objects which were widely available. Art Deco 1910-1939 traces the development of Art Deco from its emergence in Europe before the First World War to its global popularity in the 1930s.

The exhibition features more than 350 objects including painting, sculpture, furniture, jewellery, fashion, film and photography.

Highlights include part of the foyer of the Strand Palace Hotel, London, which the V&A has restored especially for the exhibition; works from Ruhlmann's influential Art Deco Grand Salon, exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1925; exquisite Cartier Art Deco jewellery; paintings and sculpture by Fernand L*ger, Tamara de Lempicka, Sonia and Robert Delaunay and Constantin Brancusi; and fashion by Jeanne Lanvin, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaperelli and Madeleine Vionnet.

The V&A's highly popular Art Deco exhibition will be open until 10pm every Friday and Saturday evening from Friday 27 June until Saturday 19 July. The exhibition will also open until 10pm on the last day, Sunday 20 July.

Art Deco is proving a huge success and is expected to be the most popular exhibition ever at the V&A. The museum is opening late on these evenings to help as many visitors as possible have the opportunity to see the show.

Contemporary Space
17 April * 17 August 2003

The V&A is staging the first retrospective of Guy Bourdin, the influential photographer known for his intense and dramatic fashion photographs. Bourdin's high-profile years, in the 1970s, saw his images featured on the pages of top fashion magazines. His editorial and advertising photography broke with the conventions of fashion imagery in radical ways. His photographs of carefully staged narratives plunge the viewer into a fantasy world of glamour, pleasure, danger and suspense. Bourdin made it clear, as no other photographer before him had done, that we are seduced by the fashion image rather than the product the image promotes.

Bourdin also compulsively photographed and filmed his observations of the world in which he moved. The V&A's exhibition brings together both these published and private aspects of his work for the first time. The exhibition is supported by Canon.

15 July * 2 May 2004

The V&A will this summer celebrate the work of Ossie Clark, one of the most influential British fashion designers of the 60s and 70s. This mini-retrospective, featuring more than 60 garments, along with sketchbooks and photographs, will cover the period 1965-1974 when Clark's designs helped define the spirit of fashionable London. From the maxi skirt to the ?nude' look and the trouser suit, Clark's designs set new trends. In addition, his collaboration with his wife, the textile and interior designer Celia Birtwell, resulted in some of his best known and most popular creations.

Ossie Clark was a key figure in the world of photographers, designers, rock stars and other celebrities who took London by storm in the 60s and 70s. The famous and the fashionable wore Ossie Clark's designs including Marianne Faithfull, Jimi Hendrix and Patti Boyd. He created jumpsuits for Mick Jagger, silk dresses for Bianca Jagger and dressed Eartha Kitt in snakeskin. Fashion icons like Twiggy, Veruschka, Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree modelled the clothes while David Bailey and Guy Bourdin took the photographs. Celebrity outfits in the show will include Twiggy's fur-lined snakeskin coat, the dress Celia Birwell posed in for David Hockney's famous double portrait Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy and Talhlita Getty's red cr*pe evening dress.

Sea and Sky:Photographs by Gustave Le Gray,1856-1857
8 May * 3 August 2003

The new Photography Gallery highlights works from the V&A's world-renowned photography collection, shows displays of images by major photographers and features new acquisitions. The opening display features the pioneering seascapes by the 19th century French artist Gustave Le Gray (Sea and Sky: Photographs by Gustave Le Gray, 1856-1857 - 8 May to 3 August 2003).

The new Photography Gallery provides visitors with a superb resource, serving as an introduction to the history of photography and to the national collection of the art of photography. The photography collection began in 1852 and now holds 300,000 images including works by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt, Irving Penn, William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman.

29 March * 31 December

Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, a branch of the V&A
Teddy Bear Story * 100 years of the Teddy Bear celebrates our ongoing affection for the teddy bear. Taking place at the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, part of the V&A, it is the most comprehensive exhibition being staged to commemorate the teddy bear centenary.

Highlights include:
Celebrity bears * including Rupert, Paddington, Winnie the Pooh, Sooty and Aloysius from Brideshead Revisited.
The teddy bear from the film AI will be on show from 15 July. Some of the oldest surviving bears feature alongside newer creations such as Philippe Starck's contemporary teddy bear. Interactive and fun displays demonstrate the hallmarks of individual manufacturers, and also highlight the roles played by teddy bears in television, books, music, cartoons and charities. Children are encouraged to draw and follow trails as they learn about the history of the teddy bear.

Happy Mondays (21 July * 25 August): a series of lunchtime performances and activities outside the Museum throughout the school holidays. This will include a Teddy Bears' Picnic on 4 August. All free of charge.

Friday Late View
An unmissable collaboration between the V&A and Les Inrockuptibles * New French Music at the V&A Friday Late 25 July 2003 6.30pm-10.00pm The latest in the hugely successful ?Shhh!!*Music for Museums' series will be an unmissable collaboration between the V&A and cutting-edge French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles.

The event showcases some of the most exciting French musicians today and highlights the influence of French sounds in the UK with live performances in the stunning Pirelli garden and galleries of the V&A. This event is a rare opportunity to see some of the hottest and newest French acts such as Trash Palace, M83 and Les Clones. The V&A recommends advance booking for tickets due to limited numbers. V&A Box Office 020 7942 2209.

19-26 July,11.00 - 17.00
Create a trail around the Museum using photography to chart your journey and take away your own personal V&A map. Last camera issued at 16.00. ID required as deposit for camera.

Photo stories
27-31 July, 11.00 - 17.00
Star in your own photo adventure! Work with an artist to draw a storyboard and take a series of photos in the Museum to put together a photo story. Last camera issued at 16.00. ID required as deposit for camera.

Art Deco Clay Heads
5-6 July, 11.00 * 13.00 and 14.00 * 16.00
Sculpt your very own Art Deco style head using clay.

Art Deco Festival
28 June * 2 July
A five day festival of fabulous Art Deco extravagance. Includes 1920s and 1930s music, dancing, artists and craftspeople working on Deco-inspired objects and activities.

Activity Back-Packs
5, 12, 19, 21-26, 28-31 July, 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. Activities can last 30-45 minutes. For children aged 5-12 years.

The Activity Cart
6, 13, 20, 27 July, 10.30 *17.00
Explore the Museum's collections through drawing and making activities. Activities are suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Trail
Family trails will be available daily. Filled with puzzles, drawing activities and fun things to look at, family trails provide an activity sheet for children and a supporting information sheet for adults. Don't forget to bring a pencil!

The V&A is open daily 10am - 5.45pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays. The nearest underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). For general information call 020 7942 2000. Website:


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