The regular Friday Late event at the V&A this week features The Rules of Adornment, an evening of workshops, films and performances exploring the question of why we choose to wear what we do.
Inspired by the V&A and Qatar Museums Authority’s current Pearls exhibition, this popular regular event promises to mix guest DJs with fashion and graphic design, as well as presentations and installations on music, tattoos and jewellery.
Amongst the events exploring the links between adornment, status and personal expression are a number that are related to pearls. Here is our selection:
18.30-21.30, a drawing-based workshop by artist Ben Barbour on the history of the pearl trade routes;
19.00-20.00, Pearl Editions by students at Central Saint Martins. As a follow-up to their Pearl Variations project, BA Jewellery students from CSM have created a series of limited edition collections for the evening that pushes the possibilities of pearls as adornment;
20.00, a conversation by Pearls curator Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and Qatar National Museum Heritage expert Dr Najla Ismail into the myths, symbolism and fashion of pearls.
There are many other events during the evening in the main hall and throughout the museum itself. Or if you would like to acquire a hand-drawn tattoo, or even to learn how King George V acquired his, then this is the event for you.
The Museum is open late to the public on Friday 29th November until 22.00. All Friday Late events are free, although some places may be ticketed on a first come first served basis.IMAGE CREDIT: ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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IMAGE CREDIT: With thanks to Evie Armstrong Clark and CSM