WIN Tickets to the V&A
We are thrilled to announce we will be working with the world-famous V&A, starting with an exclusive free gift in issue 96!
The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Located in the heart of South Kensington, London, the museum welcomes millions of visitors every year and has staged fascinating exhibitions such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Wedding Dresses: 1775-2014, and Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.
The V&A holds over two million works and houses 17 of the UK’s national collections, showcasing objects of intricate craft and remarkable innovation. One of these national collections is Textiles and Fashion, which spans more than 5000 years, from Predynastic Egypt to the present day. Almost all textile techniques are represented in the museum’s collection, including woven, printed and embroidered textiles, lace, tapestries and carpets, and of course knitting.
Examples of knitting can be found throughout the V&A, with knitted objects dating back as far as the 12th century. The collection represents centuries of inventiveness. From underwear to outerwear, workwear to evening dress, made by hand or machine, professional or amateur, there is plenty to spark your imagination!
With access to such an incredible design resource, we were spoilt for choice for issue 96. In the end, the archive of fashion photography was the obvious choice for our 2019 knitting calendar, especially as the V&A is so synonymous with fashion.
The calendar features photography by John French (1907-66), an English fashion and portrait photographer. Born in London, French became one of the capital’s top fashion photographers in the 1950s and 60s and his work appeared in virtually every illustrated newspaper and magazine including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Tatler. French’s photography brought ideas about fashion to the masses, with millions seeing his work week after week in the national press. Knitwear can be seen in French’s fine photographs in its various fashionable incarnations, from the figure-hugging sweaters of the late 1940s to the popular twinsets of the 1950s.
To celebrate our collaboration with the V&A, we are offering you the chance to win tickets to the museum’s latest fashion exhibition, Fashioned from Nature, the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day. Enter now for your chance to win a pair of tickets to this must-see exhibition. On now until Sunday, 27 January 2019.
Keep an eye out in our sister magazines for more exciting craft collaborations with the V&A!