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  1. September 19, 2014

    Constable: the continental Englishman

    The continental Englishman Setting out to delineate “the dews – breezes – bloom and freshness, not one of which has yet been...

  2. September 17, 2014

    Best-loved Constables to hang alongside their inspiration at V&A

    Some of John Constable’s best-loved works will be displayed for the first time alongside 17th-century painters venerated by...

  1. August 29, 2014

    Horst P Horst retrospective at the V&A Museum

    Of all the 20th century’s fashion photographers, Horst P Horst remains the most enigmatic. Such obscurity is fitting for...

  2. July 25, 2014

    Instant icons of dissent

    Mounting a protest can be a tricky business. I remember reporting, in the 1980s, on a campaign by university lecturers to...

  3. July 18, 2014

    The List: Cardinal Wolsey’s lost treasures

    The Victoria and Albert Museum has just launched a £2.5m fundraising campaign to buy four bronze angels commissioned in 1524...

  4. June 27, 2014

    Personal archives: Documenting the stories of our lives

    Most people discard dry-cleaning receipts, but not Vivien Leigh. The Oscar-winning actress, who appeared in 19 films and...

  5. May 23, 2014

    MF Husain on show at the V&A, London

    The final paintings of the Indian modernist master Maqbool Fida Husain, on show for the first time at London’s Victoria and...

  6. May 21, 2014

    Food for thought: Michael Schmidt scoops photography prize

    Michael Schmidt has won the 2014 Prix Pictet, a global award for photography and sustainability, with a series of images on...

  7. April 15, 2014

    Burnt Generation, Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, London – review

    Three men lift a male corpse from a river. As they bend over the dead man, one of his naked legs falls free of his robe to...

  8. April 4, 2014

    Power Dressing: Stephen Bayley

    Stephen Bayley, 62, is a critic on design and culture, and a consultant on design exhibitions. Along with Terence Conran, he...

  9. March 21, 2014

    Denim still at the cutting edge of fashion

    Eighty years have passed since Levi’s launched its female version of the blue jean and denim is still at the cutting edge of...

  10. March 9, 2014

    Blueprints for a better world

    Candlestick holders crafted from roof sheeting; a bucket geyser for heating water; a red plastic chair held together with...

  11. February 7, 2014

    New London theatre about the first world war

    It will be difficult to escape the war of 1914-1918 across all artistic platforms in London in this anniversary year. While...

  12. January 24, 2014

    500-year-old Chinese painting hints at football’s female origins

    So many of our best winter-flowering shrubs came to the UK from China. I have been following their route in reverse, thanks...

  13. December 20, 2013

    Partygoers echo lavish 19th-century ballroom look

    Good humour may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society” – said William Makepeace...

  14. December 13, 2013

    What London partygoers are wearing

    By this stage of December the Christmas party season is in full swing and there was no better proof than at the Cosmopolitan...

  15. December 4, 2013

    Cultural and educational hub to be built on London Olympics site

    A cultural and educational hub is to be constructed on the site of London’s 2012 Olympics inspired by the collection of...

  16. November 18, 2013

    Culture’s battle of the underdogs

    Never underestimate local pride. People tend to be fiercely loyal to their town, even those that look unlovely to outsiders....

  17. October 25, 2013

    The List: four masterpieces of Chinese painting

    Four masterpieces of Chinese painting This weekend, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900, an extraordinary exhibition...

  18. October 11, 2013

    It’s not a return to the 1980s – they never really went away

    There is the spirit of a bygone age in the air. Hundreds of thousands of Britons scramble to buy shares in a once-respected...

  19. September 6, 2013

    Lost & found: Buried treasure is poised to reach a much wider audience

    When the Cheapside Hoard, a sparkling collection of Jacobean and Elizabethan jewellery, went on show in London in 1914, it...

  20. September 6, 2013

    David Bowie at the V&A

    With a modish disinclination even to finish one of its own sentences, the Victoria and Albert Museum boldly called its...

  21. August 30, 2013

    The thread of all things

    Adam Jones’s magic sweater is but the latest example of fabric innovation to make a mark on the fashion scene. Textile...

  22. July 12, 2013

    Culture clubbing at the V&A’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ show

    Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2013 womenswear show was a nostalgic backwards glance to the designer’s 1980s origins....

  23. June 8, 2013

    Copyright: Legislation offers protective hand to design talent

    Theo Fennell, the British jeweller, says he feels like Cliff Richard, the veteran British pop singer. He is referring to UK...

  24. March 22, 2013

    Space for an oddity: David Bowie’s V&A retrospective

    Reactivated Bowiemania is spreading from the pop charts to the queues outside the latest blockbuster exhibition at London’s...

  25. March 15, 2013

    Licence to frill

    Lace is having its moment in the spotlight. It is a staple of the spring/summer collections now entering stores, and is...

  26. March 4, 2013

    Ruddock to leave Lansdowne

    Sir Paul Ruddock, one of the UK’s most prominent financiers and philanthropists, is to step down as the head of Lansdowne...

  27. March 1, 2013

    Sense of majesty

    Henry VIII was a corpulent and despotic monarch who went to any lengths to get rid of his numerous wives. This is how he...

  28. February 22, 2013

    Glamour from a ‘Gilda’ age

    When British costume designer Joanna Johnston, nominated for an Academy Award for best costume design for Steven Spielberg’s...

  29. December 14, 2012

    Glass from the past

    Across the world this Christmas, angels will alight in houses: wings, trumpets and fair hair transported from the stained...

  30. November 2, 2012

    Call for collectors in picture perfect London

    Several prominent London institutions are all showing photography at once. By something approaching a miracle, almost all...

  31. October 7, 2012

    Scardino plans to leave Nokia board

    Marjorie Scardino, who last week announced she was stepping down as chief executive of Pearson, owner of the Financial...

  32. September 7, 2012

    Ch-ch-ch-changes: reinvention tips from David Bowie

    The world’s image consultants have a date for their 2013 calfskin diaries. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has...

  33. July 8, 2012

    Luca Signorelli, Perugia, Orvieto, Città di Castello

    If you were asked which late-15th-century painter Giorgio Vasari was inspired to describe as “more famous in his day...

  34. June 8, 2012

    Top of the form

    At the entrance to the latest exhibition to open at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Heatherwick Studio: Designing the...

  35. May 11, 2012

    Japan’s grace under pressure

    This weekend the grand white spaces of the Saatchi Gallery in London are full of curious, beautiful hand-crafted objects....

  36. March 26, 2012

    Island Stories, V&A/Famous in the Fifties, National Portrait Gallery, London

    Subtitled Fifty Years of Photography in Britain and timed to coincide with the V&A’s forthcoming British Design 1948-2012,...

  37. February 10, 2012

    The majestic survivors

    Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl, but she doesn’t have a lot to say,” sang Paul McCartney in 1969, bringing his group’s...

  38. January 24, 2012

    From Commonwealth Institute to Design Museum

    London’s Commonwealth Institute, once a thriving exhibition space on a prime west London site in Kensington, has lain empty...

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