The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution of the wedding dress over the past two hundred years. When did white become the norm? And how have notable fashion designers from Norman Hartnell and Charles James to the outrť John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood and classic Vera Wang put their own mark on this iconic form? Augmenting the V&A's own pieces will be some new acquisitions and loans such as Dita Von Teese's purple dress (worn when she married Marilyn Manson) and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.
Mother's Day Events 2015
Last chance to see Dita von Teese's wedding dress by Vivienne Westwood.
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 03rd May - 15th March 2015
See how women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD
Tube: Tower Hill Station
Dates: 29th October - 26th April 2015
Exploring how influential women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world, Women Fashion Power at the Design Museum brings together clothing, photography, archive footage and interviews. Twenty-five high-profile women - including Naomi Campbell, Roksanda Ilincic, and Princess Charleen of Monaco - have contributed a personal item to the exhibition, and each shares their style philosophy. The event also explores the last 150 years of women's fashion, delving into the eras of flappers, screen goddesses, hippies, punks and power dressers through unique items including Vivienne Westwood's glorious back catalogue, a punk wedding dress by Zandra Rhodes, the blue Mansfield suit worn by Margaret Thatcher when she was elected leader of the Conservatives, and the Jacques Azagury dress worn by Princess Diana on her 34th birthday.
London's cosiest cinema hosts a Musical Mother's Day.
After a successful initial season in January and February, the Pillow Cinema has extended its residency at the former Shoreditch Underground. Billed as the cosiest 'night in' night out, the event is ideal for those struggling to tear themselves away from the sofa during the cold months leading up to summer with an inviting combination of beanbags, pillows and good movies. The new residency kicks off with a Musical Mother's Day, screening a series of sing-a-long musicals such as The Lion King, Grease, Mamma Mia and Moulin Rouge on Sunday 15th March. Then on St Patrick's Day (Tuesday 17th March), there will be a screening of The Commitments, a musical tale of the rise and demise of a young Irish soul band. Further films on the line-up include Mr Turner, Interstellar, The Imitation Game, Gone Girl and Fight Club.
Spend Mother's Day in fashionable Bermondsey.
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 06th February - 03rd May 2015
Combine a Mother's Day visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum, where they're showing the first-ever exhibition on sixties designer Thea Porter, with a stop off at the newly opened and seriously stylish Southerden Patisserie and Cafe. The cafe also offers masterclasses in their nearby production kitchen in Spa Terminus, SE16, where each weekend cafe founder Melanie Southerden shows 4 to 8 participants how to make macaron shells, puff pastry pies and gourmet marshmallows so you can create perfect pastries at home. The Fashion and Textile Museum is open on Mothering Sunday from 11am-5pm and the Southerden Cafe opens 9am-5pm on weekends.
Take your mum to admire the beautiful camellias at Chiswick House.
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 28th February - 29th March 2015
Guests visiting the annual Camellia Festival, which showcases the wonderful Chiswick House camellia collection, can do so for free this year. Housed in the Gardens' spectacular conservatory the collection is a national treasure and the oldest in the Western world having been created in the early years of the 19th century by the 6th Duke of Devonshire. It's wonderful to see these beautiful blooms in the conservatory designed by Samuel Ware in 1813, positioned next to the restored nineteenth-century Italian Garden, replanted in 2012. Known as the Queen of the Winter Flowers, the camellias at Chiswick bring a burst of glorious colour - from pinks to reds, whites to stripes - to the spring season.
The outspoken comedian provides a manual on how to survive the 21st century.
St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA
Tube: Victoria Station
Dates: 02nd - 14th March 2015
"I can just about take in the weather then I'm exhausted," says comedian, writer, mental health campaigner Ruby Wax. "You open a newspaper, everyone's dead." Using knowledge from her recent Master's Degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University the American comedian and writer brings her one-woman show to the St James Theatre. In support of her No. 1 bestselling book of the same name, Sane New World sets out to help us understand why we sabotage our own sanity and provides a manual on how to survive the 21st century.
Fashion and style during the Second World War.
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6HZ
Tube: Lambeth North Station
Dates: 05th March - 31st August 2015
Gas-mask handbags, blackout buttons and siren suits are not items considered fashionable today but in post-war Britain these were the sort of things that passed for the very latest innovations in fashion. On display in Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, an Imperial War Museum exhibition about coping in the face of adversity, these items are just some of the 300 exhibits which show how fashion and style were maintained and even flourished during the Second World War. Divided into six sections, the exhibition looks at uniform, innovative and rationing - when 'Make do and Mend' became the motto for making clothes last longer. Items on display include a bridesmaid's dress made from parachute material and an underwear set made from RAF silk maps for Countess Mountbatten.
A biographical snapshot of the poet who penned 'Not Waving but Drowning'.
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU
Tube: Swiss Cottage Station
Dates: 06th March - 18th April 2015
ZoŽ Wanamaker stars in this major revival of Hugh Whitemore's award-winning drama. Staged at the Hampstead Theatre, Stevie provides a moving glimpse into the unconventional life of celebrated English poet and novelist Stevie Smith, showing the contrast between her tame suburban evenings sampling Battenberg cake and sherry with the undeniable talent that will one day bring her fame. Lynda Baron and Chris Larkin will star alongside Wanamaker while Christopher Morahan directs.
Dance by three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century.
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 10th - 15th March 2015
Modern Masters honours the work of three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century: Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier and William Forsythe. Bold and galvanising, their choreographies are full of invention and energy, driven by music. This new triple bill follows the success of last year's debut productions of 'Le Corsiare' and 'Lest We Forget', showing the English National Ballet's ability to produce pioneering new work.
Browse and buy art from over 100 galleries - and make use of the free creche.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Oct 2015
Over 100 galleries exhibit a huge array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the Affordable Art Fair which has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene. It's an event that strips away the pretension of the art world and gives buyers a chance to pick up some really great work at fair prices, ranging from £100 to £5,000. A fun, family day out, it's accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious. There's a free creche, artist-led workshops, informal talks and tours, and a specialist exhibition showcasing work by new artists. The Battersea Park art fair, which attracts 20,000 people to each London event, has been such a success that further fairs have sprung up in Stockholm, NYC, Rome, Seattle and Singapore.
Combine this free exhibition at the wonderful Wallace Collection with afternoon tea.
Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN
Tube: Bond Street Station
Dates: 12th March - 07th June 2015
The culmination of a four-year research project into the collection of Reynolds paintings at the Wallace Collection, Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint goes behind the surface to reveal the artist's unconventional manipulation of pigments, oils, glazes and varnishes. The display of 20 paintings - five from the Wallace Collection and three on loan from other collections - archival sources and x-rays we can see beyond the canvas of celebrated portraits including 'Nelly O'Brien', 'Mrs Abington as Miss Prue' and Reynolds' 'Self-Portrait Shading the Eyes' from the National Portrait Gallery.
See how flower displays have changed over the past five centuries.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 13th - 15th March 2015
The annual Florimania weekend is a spring highlight at Hampton Court Palace, and this year the decorations showcase how flower displays have changed over the past five centuries. Taking place on the Mother's Day weekend, Florimania is a lovely way to treat busy mums to some time off where they can enjoy stunning flower arrangements. You can also see how it's done through flower arranging demonstrations at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on each of the days. Entry to Florimania is included in your palace admission ticket, so you and mum can admire the historic palace and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the 60-acre stately gardens, just starting to bloom.
The Great Home Hack
The upcycling show makes its debut at Fulham Palace on Mother's Day weekend.
Curated by Channel 4's Max McMurdo, The Great Home Hack makes its debut at Fulham Palace on the weekend of 13th to 15th March 2015 giving useful tips on upcycling and home hacking. Stalls showing new and original works from leading designers in the world of upcycling include leather by Paguro Limited, handmade musical instruments by Vulpestrements, furniture by Bluebells Vintage and upcycled bags and clothing from Spriasaurus. The weekend will include workshops and masterclasses on how to 'Eco Chic Your Home', 'Create a Silver Trinket Box' and 'Make a Pallet Wood Wine Rack' as well as tastings of Brancott Estate's wines, sponsors of the event.
Backyard Cinema: Awards Season
Treat your mum to a film screening accompanied by champagne and food.
Independent pup-up movie theatre company Backyard Cinema are moving up in the world this March, screening films at the top of the Millbank Tower. Backyard Cinema: Awards Season sees them screen four blockbuster films from the past twelve months. The line-up kicks off with award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by The Theory of Everything, '71 and Boyhood. Sat 29 floors above London, you'll also enjoy spectacular views across the city and there's the option to sip on champagne and feast on food from Skyloft restaurant.
The blockbuster V&A exhibition opens the day before Mothering Sunday.
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 14th March - 02nd August 2015
Opening on Saturday 14th March 2015, the day before Mother's Day, Savage Beauty, tickets to the Alexander McQueen exhibition is a wonderful way to treat your mum. The exhibition which became one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's top 10 most visited exhibitions when it was shown in New York in 2011, is expected to break records again when it comes to London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Before it opened, at the launch event, Martin Roth, V&A Director, said: "Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here - by staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home." In the designer's own words, "London's where I was brought up. It's where my heart is and where I get my inspiration." - Alexander McQueen, January 2000.
Fans Of The Belle Epoque
Enjoy Mother's Day afternoon tea in the beautiful muraled orangery.
Visit one of London's less well known museums, the Fan Museum which unveils the very best of its late 19th and early 20th century fans for Fans Of The Belle Epoque, an exhibition revealing the extravagant and exquisite fans produced in Europe between 1880 and 1910. There are examples from top fan makers Duvelleroy and Kees, and Art Nouveau and exotic feather styles along with a particularly beautiful fan decorated with Faberge enamelling and gold. Book in for afternoon tea and enjoy tea or coffee with a scone, cream & jam, and a selection of freshly-baked cakes, all from within the garden room, with its beautifully detailed murals, which overlooks a 'secret' Japanese style garden. Booking in advance on 020 8305 1441 is strongly advised.
5th September 2015
IN THIS ARTICLE
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
Women Fashion Power
Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic
Ruby Wax: Sane New World
Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style
English National Ballet: Modern Masters
Affordable Art Fair Battersea
Joshua Reynolds: Experiments In Paint
Florimania at Hampton Court Palace
The Great Home Hack
Backyard Cinema: Awards Season
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Fans Of The Belle Epoque
Mother's Day in London 2015
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