From the historic to the avant-garde
V&A Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt 8 September 2018 to 24 February 2019Of interest to young and old, a unique insight into the design process behind a selection of ground breaking contemporary videogames. From concept art and prototypes design work to large-scale immersive installations and interactives.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams V&A until 14 July
Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain. "There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking." Christian Dior
Martyrdom & Michelangelo at The Royal Academy of Arts until 31 March
Contemporary artists being inspired by Old Masters is nothing new, but the Royal Academy brings together a great from each era. Michelangelo's drawings exploring the human form will be accompanied by the works of eminent video artist Bill Viola who also looks at the nature of humanity in powerful works. If you want a taste of what to expect check out his breathtaking martyrs video currently on display at St. Paul's Cathedral.
Shell Shocked at Tate Britain until 6 May
Photographer Don McCullin's work captures the horror and chaos of conflict, from Vietnam to Lebanon. He's best known for his image of the shell shocked marine but we've seen many of his photos and can attest that his portfolio is filled with powerful photographs. We're looking forward to this deserved retrospective, we'll just need to brace ourselves before entering.
Mary Quant at V&A and Fashion & Textile Museum
The mini skirt is the item of clothing that most people associate with sixties icon Mary Quant. But she was a versatile fashion designer, and V&A pays tribute to how she revolutionised women's fashion on the high street. In an unrelated exhibition the Fashion & Textile Museum explores a similar era from a broader angle, with a show looking at the fashion, homeware, textiles and furniture of this transformative time.
Mary Quant at V&A. 6 April 2019-February 2020, £12.
Swinging London: A lifestyle revolution at Fashion & Textile Museum. 8 February-2 June