Sometimes the best thing about January is looking forward to what happens after January. It’s the perfect time to take stock of the upcoming year because it helps to reduce the present lull in activity. This is often true of the V&A Museum, where January sees the closure of the big autumnal exhibition. In this case, we say farewell to The Fabric of India after which we can start to get excited about Undressed: A History of Underwear that opens on 16 April.
But, April is still a few months away. While we wait, there are two exhibitions that look interesting. The first is Give It Some Welly: A History of the Wellington Boot at The Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. Opening on 6 February and drawing upon the museum’s famous shoe collection, the exhibition looks at the history and cultural significance of a shoe that can probably be found in every wardrobe across the British landscape. On until 24 April.
The second is Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery, opening on 1 February. Showcasing over 280 prints commissioned by Britsh Vogue since it was established in 1916, this looks both beautiful and fascinating for all those interested in the history of both fashion and the iconic magazine.
Thinking even further ahead, highlights this summer include an exhibition focusing on the British accessory designer Judy Blame at the ICA, the idea of the ‘English Rose’ over 400 years of society portraiture at the Bowes Museum and an exhibition on counterculture in the 21st century at Somerset House.
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Now, isn’t it almost February?