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Our top exhibition picks for 2015

February 22nd, 2015 4:00 pm


Introduce some culture and art in to your 2015 by visiting our top exhibitions for the up and coming year. Based around the world and the UK, we hope you enjoy our favourite 6.

YSL – Style is eternal

The Bowes Museum, County Durham, 11 July-25 October

“Fashion fades, style is eternal” said Yves Saint Laurent, and this exhibition is a perfect example of just that. YSL has been dressing women since the 1950s, and this exhibition is a fine collection of his work and the influences behind it, including over 5,000 items and 15,000 drawings, notes and accessories.

Guy Bourdin – Image Maker

Somerset House, London, 27 Nov – 15 March

One of the most important photographers the fashion world has produced, Bordin made photography an art form in its own right, not just a way to present a brand or item. His exhibition includes over 100 of his key works including works-in-progress, notebooks, paintings and short films.

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty

The V&A, London – 14 March – 19 July

Alexander McQueen was one of the most influential designers of his generation and his influence on the fashion industry is not to be understated. This V&A exhibition has already been extended due to demand as it is one of the most popular it has ever hosted, so don’t miss out!

Jeff Koons

The Pompidou Centre, Paris – 26 Nov 14 – 27 April 15

There is a reason Jeff Koons is generally described as one of the USA’s most controversial artists, and this collection reflecting  an amazing variety of subjects, themes, materials, intended audiences, and purposes shows why. Anna visited the exhibition herself whilst in New York and became a fan immediately .

Jeanne Lanvin

The Palais Galliera- 7 March – 23 Aug

The Palais Galleria’s celebration of the oldest French fashion company still in production is a gorgeous timeline of over 100 outfits, produced by Lanvin herself between 1909 and 1946, along with numerous accessories and sketches.

Dries Van Noten

MoMu museum, Antwerp – 13 Feb – 19 July

Dries Van Noten is known for taking inspiration for his designs from anything and everything which makes for a very interesting and beautiful exhibition of the Belgian designers creations, the way he works and the themes he covers.

For more info see our Exhibition Guide here




McQueen of the Road?

November 5th, 2010 12:47 pm


The Alexander McQueen fashion house was sued recently by the Hells Angels for using the motorcycle gang’s trademarked winged death’s head symbol in some of its designs.

The disputed merchandise includes a $495 knuckle duster ring, a $2,329 clutch, a $1,595 dress and a $560 silk scarf.

The Hell Angels’ attorney, Fritz Clapp, explained that the Angels consider their symbols to be “quite exclusive” and earned through membership, not by money alone.  The HAMC [Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation] have owned the rights to the death’s head symbol since 1948.  Clapp reported that the companies selling the McQueen designs in question have agreed to stop selling and to recall the merchandise.

“While the Hells Angels also requested financial damages based on profits earned by the fashion companies on the merchandise,” said Clapp, “there is currently no estimate on the exact number of items that were sold.”

Apparently, discussions are being held about the possibility of destroying the remaining merchandise.

Seems a bit of a shame, doesn’t it? Rather than destroying all those amazing designer pieces, don’t you think the McQueen house should just give them to the Hell’s Angels? I mean, what more fabulous way to keep the wind out of your hair as you peel down the two-lane blacktop on your custom hog than a silk death’s head scarf. You’d be the envy of everyone at the rally if you showed up in leather chaps with a McQueen clutch. Incidents of violence and damage to establishments of refreshment would decrease as no one would want to ding their McQueen knuckle duster in a brawl. Only good things could come of this exchange. Surely the Angels’ old ladies would also appreciate representing their chapters in style. Problem solved!

What do you think?

Read more here!





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