Whatever your interest, London has a spring exhibition to match – and there are some really spectacular ones being launched. We take a look at some of these spring offerings that you must visit while a resident at Best Western Palm Hotel.
Top of the list for any fashion addict has to be the V&A Museum in South Kensington. A renowned venue for its textiles and costume collections, this spring will see not one, but two brilliant fashion exhibitions taking place. Both deal with fashion designers who transformed the way we look and think about clothes.
In the aftermath of World War Two, Christian Dior brought a breath of fresh air and style with the creation of the ‘New Look’. Swirling skirts, lace and flounces combined elegance with flair and romanticism. It was a look that was sought after, and proudly worn by countless women all over the world. Browse through the stunning collections on display, the vivid colours and styles.
Two decades later, the sixties pop scene was in full swing with bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones capturing hearts and minds. One young fashion designer had a similar impact on the way we dressed – Mary Quant. Her shop on Kings Road was the haunt of celebrities, pop stars and fashion enthusiasts. This was the age of the mini skirt, close fitting striped tops, A line dresses, scooter dresses and geometric prints. Over 200 garments are on display in this spellbinding exhibition, along with accessories and prints showing her at work, highlighting her techniques and ideas.
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A few minutes walk away in High Street Kensington is the Design Museum which this spring, is hosting an incredible exhibition focusing on the work of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest film directors. 2001:A Space Odyssey was a film which gripped the imagination of filmgoers, and has continued to influence the way we look at and think about space ever since. With films like A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, his productions had a massive impact on society, lifestyle and the film going public. What most people don’t realize is that he took a lot of his influences from London, and actually set them in London locations. London was his inspiration. Find out more in this fascinating exhibition, which also has on display countless props, models and costumes. For guests staying with us at the hotel near Wembley Arena, this is one not to be missed.
Turning to art exhibitions, there is plenty from which to choose. Tate Britain’s Van Gogh exhibition is guaranteed to please, and lead to crowds flocking in to see iconic works like Sunflowers and Starry Night. While at the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square the focus is on exquisite miniature paintings by Tudor artist Nicholas Hilliard. The amount of detail he manages to squeeze into this superb portraits of people like Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake is amazing.
Manga has been very much at the forefront of popular art this century. This spring the British Museum is holding the largest ever exhibition of Manga art outside Japan. Many of the paintings and drawings have never been seen before in the UK, providing a superb opportunity to study this entertaining art form.