Model Holding a Bazaar Bag c. 1959 - Mary Quant archive

Mary Quant Exhibition

This April, the first international retrospective on the inspirational British fashion designer, Mary Quant, opens at the V&A with the King’s Road proud to be the leading sponsor.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition explores 1955-1975 and the years in which she revolutionised the high street whilst harnessing the youthful spirit of the 60s. 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs – many of which have never been on display before – will be on display, showcasing Quant as a role model for women, challenging conventions and popularising the mini skirts, coloured tights and tailored trousers. The fashion icon inspired young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by mothers and grandmothers and the show will explore some of her most memorable moments, from receiving her OBE to the evolution of rising hemlines.

From her small boutique, Bazaar on the King’s Road, to leading international label, Mary Quant revolutionised British Fashion with energy, flair and rebellion.

Book your tickets here – and take a stroll along the King’s Road to be part of the history!

#WeWantQuant

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Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

This extraordinary exhibition will be a must-see this summer. Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up presents a collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.

After her death in 1954 aged 46, Diego Rivera locked up her belongings in a room and said it  should not be opened until after his death. It was not opened until 2004 and this is the first time the incredible collection from that room will be on display outside of Mexico.

Expect to see clothes, jewellery, makeup and a defiantly red-leather-booted prosthetic leg which highlight her energy and the vitality with which she lived her life.

Tickets cost £15 (concessions apply) and there keep a look out for events, talks and workshops across its opening months. Book here.

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Emily Young

Emily Young in conversation with Antonia Bostrom

“I am putting up an alternative to mindlessness – to the commercial world” – Emily Young

With this proposal, Emily Young, one of Britain’s greatest living sculptors, invites you to contemplate her work and its natural beauty, energy and place across time, land and cultures.

Join her in conversation with Dr Antonia Bostrom, Keeper of Sculpture, Metal Work, Ceramics and Glass at the V & A, for discussion of her works and inspirations followed by a wine reception.

Tickets cost £15 and include the wine reception following.

Book here.

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Fashioned from Nature

This is the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.

Look at fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dying processes which invites visitors to think about the materials we wear today.

A must-see for every fashionista!

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Betak: A Fashion Show Revolution

Join one of the world’s most influential fashion show producers, Alexandre de Betak at the Victoria & Albert Museum for an insider’s look at the creative process behind the most spectacular events in fashion history. Betak’s repertoire ranges from Dior, to Miu Miu’s first ever show to the Victoria’s Secret show that famously “broke” the internet in 2000.

For just £15, listen to him share his pearls of wisdom on the creative process that have resulted in his revolutionising the modern fashion show.

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Jumeirah Carlton Tower tea

Opera Afternoon Tea

To celebrate the V&A’s new exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, Jumeirah Carlton Tower are hosting a perfectly themed afternoon tea, complete with savouries and sweets inspired by the opera houses and cities featured. Why not indulge with the cocktail tea, complete with a Don Giovanni tipple made with Mozart chocolate liqueur, a ticket to the exhibition and even a mini MP3 player, preloaded with music from several different operas?

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