Mar 23, 2012
Got a soft spot for vintage? Head down to the V&A for an exhibition of Cecil Beaton’s portraiture of Queen Elizabeth II. The photographer’s collection spans the 60 years of the Queen’s reign, and depicts Her Majesty in a variety of settings in her various roles as monarch, wife and mother. The photographs show Elizabeth in everything from her Coronation robes, to the dress she wore for her 21st birthday, to beautiful 1950’s evening gowns. Even if you are a staunch anti-monarchist the photographs act as an immensely valuable insight into fashion history, and who better to parade it than a woman who can afford everything?
Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, Cromwell Road, Chelsea, SW7 2RL
The exhibition will be open tonight (Friday March 23) until 10pm, and this weekend from 10-17.30 Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t catch it this weekend it will be on until Sunday 22 April.
£7.40 (Tickets) , £5.90 (Concessions)
The Body Adorned is a fascinating exhibition exploring the role that fashion plays in the London metropolis, investigating the way that fashion is used to create identity and align people within subcultures. It also explores the way various historical and cultural influences have helped shaped the way people present themselves visually, as the Museum states:
“Ultimately we invite you to look at how you dress your body and why.”
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ
The exhibition opens Saturday 24th March. Horniman Museum is open daily between 10.30am - 5.30pm.
The best price- free!