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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.


Queer British Art 1861 – 1967

Where: Tate Britain, London, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
When: 5 April – 1 October 2017
Tickets: £16.50 (book here)

On 5 April Tate Britain opened its doors to its latest exhibition, ‘Queer British Art‘.  The show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England.

This exhibition features works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney.

Boodle Hatfield members were invited to the preview of this exhibition because of the firm’s commitment to diversity in the workplace and status as a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Lord Browne of Madingley chaired and gave context to the event and what it was setting out to achieve; a celebration of the English artists who expressed themselves in the face of prejudice.