60 Years of British Design at the V&A

Monday, 5 March 2012

Jaguar E-Type, 1961

Consisting of over 300 objects spanning fashion, furniture, fine art, graphic design, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and architecture, the V&A's spring exhibition, British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, will showcase significant creative moments from Britain's last 60 years.

Antelope bench by Ernest Race, 1951
The show will be chronologically focused around three themes; Tradition and Modernity, Innovation and Creativity, and Subversion. The 1948 Austerity Olympics, Alexander McQueen, Concorde, David Hockney, Laura Ashley, Henry Moore, Foale and Tuffin and Damien Hirst will all be referenced, along with many other artistic British pioneers.

God Save the Queen poster for the Sex Pistols by Jamie Reid, 1977

Professor Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, said: “As people around the world will be focusing on the UK in the summer of 2012 this is an ideal moment to showcase British innovation, taste and creativity. We are also delighted to be hosting a series of British themed displays across all the collections in the Museum to accompany the major spring exhibition.”

Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games by Zaha Hadid
Subscribers can see how British retailers plan to celebrate the nation's year in the spotlight by reading London 2012: Olympic & Jubilee Retail.

Torsion chair by Brian Long, 1971

The Family in Harlow town centre by Henry Moore, 1954

Evening gown by Alexander McQueen, autumn/winter 2009