Tina Engstrom

What is Luxury? Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London will showcase a What is Luxury? exhibition which will interrogate ideas of luxury today. It will address how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

Extraordinary works of craftsmanship will be on display including a couture gown by fashion designer Iris van Herpen and fine examples of haute horlogerie by British watchmaker George Daniels, alongside more unexpected projects which explore the cultural value of materials such as gold, diamonds and plastic.

The future of luxury will be explored, asking questions about the role that time, space, privacy, well-being, social inclusivity and access to resources and skill may play in determining our choices and aspirations. The What is Luxury? exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is on 25 April – 27 September 2015. 

George Daniels watch

Second Space Traveller Watch, George Daniels, about 1982, © Jasper Gough, Sotheby’s.

What is Luxury Exhibition

Crown made of diamonds, emeralds and rubies set into a gold crown with rococo scrolls, about 1750, © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like

Smithsonian Comes To London

One of America's most revered cultural institutions, The Smithsonian, is in talks about building an outpost on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford Waterfront, close to the site of the former Water Polo Arena.

Read more

Leonardo da Vinci In London - 500 Years On From His Death

This year marks 500 years since the death of the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci in May 1519. Although he was born in the heart of Tuscany in Italy, Leonardo had a profound influence on art the world over. You can see evidence of this right here in London. Leonardo's image features in mosaics decorating the National Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. We are also lucky to have several works in London by the great master. These display not only his creative genius but also his intellect and huge appetite for knowledge.

Read more