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Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Where: Building 10, Major Draper Street, Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich, London SE18 6GD
When: 20 – 23 October 2017
Tickets: £6-£12 (book here)

The Fair is the largest contemporary print fair in the UK and boasts beautiful, affordable prints from some of the most exciting print making talent out there, including up and coming artists and established, better known artists including Tracy Emin, Norman Ackroyd RA, Paula Rego, Chris Ofili, Frank Auerbach and Christopher Le Brun PRA.



Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Where: V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
When: Now – 18 February 2018 
Tickets: £12 (book here)

Just a few weeks ago the V&A museum opened its current fashion exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. The exhibition traces the life and work of Cristobal Balenciaga, showcasing some of his most cutting edge pieces, ending with designs by famous names from the world of fashion which were influenced by Balenciaga. The exhibition features over 100 garments, some of which have been worn by iconic names from the film industry. The designer’s innovation and technical expertise combined to create his stunning avant-garde pieces such as the envelope dress and the sack dress, both of which were revolutionary and have continued to inspire designers through the decades.

From Christian Dior to Oscar de la Renta, the second part of the exhibition features some incredible designs created by those whom Balenciaga inspired. Notable standouts include Corrie Nielsen’s Black Calla dress, clearly influenced by Balenciaga’s envelope dress, as well as Oscar de la Renta’s beautiful and much more wearable floral embroidered gown.

The exhibition celebrates the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and is fittingly held at the V&A which owns the largest collection of Balenciaga in the UK. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is on until February 2018 so there is plenty of time to marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship and unique vision of Cristobal Balenciaga.