Molly Goddard at the V&A

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is launching a string of interesting events to celebrate its big reveal: a new courtyard paved with 11,000 handmade porcelain tile and the subterranean Sainsbury Gallery – designed by Stirling Prize-winning British architect Amanda Levete and her practice AL_A. The spaces are now open to the public and will host a new programme of events every month. The courtyard which is set behind a colonnade erected in 1909 will be used for sculpture displays and for outdoor café lounging while the open plan 1,100m sq Sainsbury Gallery will function as a space for temporary exhibitions.

Molly Goddard Catwalk

Kicking off the proceedings on the 7th of July will be a quad of catwalks by Molly Goddard, known for her playful volumes, addiction to layered tulle and her tongue-in-cheek presentations that often mischievously play on her art school roots. Goddard, who won the title of Best British Emerging Talent at the 2016 Fashion Awards will be showcasing looks from all her previous shows as well as a selection of new ones. Sadly, all four shows are now sold out but watch the designer’s IG for updates on the day.

Molly Goddard Catwalk
Molly Goddard for Autumn Winter 2016

Molly Goddard Catwalk
AW15 Molly Goddard Life Drawing Presentation

The Sainsbury Gallery is in itself worth the tube journey Knightsbridge to see how artist Simon Heijdens –famous for creating and manipulating light in static spaces – has heightened the grand and visually open new architecture of the new sunken gallery. Here also artist and musician Anat Ben-David will stage his multimedia/genre-bending show called Kairos, which incorporates
fashion, opera, dance, experimental music and multi-media helped along by fashion studio Boudicca (July 5th – free but book ahead).

Award-winning contemporary dancer Julie Cunningham will be bringing her young dance company to the V&A for a special site-specific performance which responds to Yoko Ono’s instructional poems from her 2013 book Acorn (a follow up to her seminal 1964 book Grapefruit). You can expect to see four dancers getting up to some interesting antics around the museum. Why? To quote Ono’s “Dance Piece III” in Acorn: “Take your pants off / before you fight.” (July 2-3)

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