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A luxurious life at the V&A Exhibition

A luxurious life at the V&A Exhibition

By: Jennifer Sonco

Luxury: A term so captivating within the fashion industry and it contains so many different meanings. We may envision a glamorous house with expensive cars and designer clothes or maybe just envision simple objects, which are admired through faith and personal value. To expand our ideas of luxury, the Victoria and Albert museum host the “What is Luxury” Crafts Council exhibition from 25 of April until 27 of September. Through contemporary designs and intangible projects, “What is Luxury” presents Creating Luxury, A Space for Time, and A Future For Luxury.

Luxury: A term so captivating within the fashion industry and it contains so many different meanings. We may envision a glamorous house with expensive cars and designer clothes or maybe just envision simple objects, which are admired through faith and personal value. To expand our ideas of luxury, the Victoria and Albert museum host the “What is Luxury” Crafts Council exhibition from 25 of April until 27 of September. Through contemporary designs and intangible projects, “What is Luxury” presents Creating Luxury, A Space for Time, and A Future For Luxury. 

As you begin to walk into the “ Creating Luxury” part of the exhibit, you are shown into a room of glamour and craft. With its dim lighting and accentuated window displays, each corner was glamourized with luxurious artifacts. Using profound descriptions such as passion, investment, expertise and innovation, each piece in the exhibit was defined by its own version of luxury. My favourite piece had to be The Golden Fleece Headpiece. Spending over ten years to perfect his technique of transforming gold into threads, Giovanni Corvaja grew his inspiration from the Greek myth of the Golden Fleece. “160 kilometres of superfine threads have been intricately woven together to form this headpiece, taking a total of 2,500 hours to make.” Now that is someone with a lot of patience!

Courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London

Moving on to “A Space for Time”, a brighter essence is brought upon the room. Questions come up, as to how we value our time and space. Do we find it a luxury to make the best out of everyday? Do we take nothing for granted and feel satisfied with what we have? Very personal, wouldn’t you say! As the fine Marcin Rusak has said, “It is almost impossible to get truly lost these days. It would take a lot of effort to experience this luxury”. Possibly a new idea to how luxury can be interpreted!

Last but not least, A Future for Luxury, features pieces that are certainly eye-catching and possibly a new meaning of luxury. The most interesting piece I found had to be the Hair Highway Studio Swine. As our natural resources begin to decrease and the human population continuously increases, the need for sustainable materials is in desperate need. And what better way than to use our own hair for the job! Combining hair and bio-resin, rare objects are created for the purpose of home or beauty items. As seen in the image below, hair combs can have a new look by this innovative luxury item. 

© Studio Swine

Although, these few items mentioned are the first of many. There are many other amazing pieces of work featured in this exhibit that are a must see. As a fashion student, it is great to attend such exhibits, with different interpretations of such bold topics. What do we think is luxury? Why do we buy things? These questions were constantly on my mind. But as I explored more, and read about the detailed work into these luxurious items, the creative juices started flowing and a new perspective came into place. 

Make sure to add this exhibit to your to do list and you soon find out what luxury really means to you!