The Victoria and Albert has been one of my favourite places in London since I was thirteen and I visited it on a school trip. The fact that I was allowed in a building of such grandeur filled with beautiful artefacts made me feel that although London was large and a little overwhelming it was also accommodating to all types of people.
If I ever have my doubts about moving down here the V&A makes me remember what drew me to the big smoke in the first place. So when Vin-X, ‘the market’s leading specialist for investment in fine wine’ offered me tickets to the Horst Photographer of Style Exhibition I jumped at the chance.
I was originally made aware of Horst’s work whilst doing a project on Salvador Dali in school and later though researching some vintage Vogue covers; even though I knew that his work varied massively, I did not understand extent of his diversity until visiting the exhibition.
Work from over a 60 year period was displayed covering Haute couture, Surrealism, Stage and Screen, Travel, Patterns from Nature, Fashion in Colour, Living in Style and Nudes. Over 250 photographs, sketch books, films and even some of the stunning couture dresses featured in his pictures took over the large space.
I was not allowed to take pictures (or even sketch) so you are just going to have to take my word that if you are at all interested in photography or fashion the £10 price tag is well worth it, but grab you tickets quick it is only running until the 4th January.
Another thing I love about a V&A exhibition is that they never oversell so you actually get to see the work up close without tripping over others or feel pressured to move along to the next piece.
As I always do, I spent hours exploring the museum and its glorious gift shop. Many of the pieces I had seen before but there is always a corner that I had previously overlooked or a new free exhibit to check out like Disobedient Objects which is open until the 4th February.
I only had a sneak peak at the display which examined the powerful role of objects in movements for social change, because it was a Saturday afternoon and the place was understandably heaving I plan to go back in the new year to take in the space properly – so watch this space.
If you are in London and are at a loss for what to do I am a huge advocate for popping into one of city’s many Museums which I know sounds boring but they are mainly free, housed in spectacular buildings and you may even learn something.
Victoria & Albert
London SW7 2RL
*main image taken from The V & A website