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Design Museum

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Design Museum exterior

Time Out says

Relocated in 2016 from its former home on the side of the Thames near Tower Bridge, the new-and-improved building in Kensington is both an awe-inspiring presence and also a trove of the world's finest design.


High Street
W8 6AG
Tube: High Street Kensington
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10am-6pm daily
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Skateboard, an exhibition curated and designed by author, designer and skater Johnathan Olivares, is a comprehensive showcasing of the history of the iconic piece of equipment that’s spawned both a sport and a subculture. Ninety skateboards, along with more than 100 pieces of hardware, wheels and tucks will be on display, showing the evolution of their design from the retro ’50s Californian models to contemporary examples. Tony Hawk’s first-ever professional model skateboard, and Laura Thornhill’s Logan Earth Ski 1970s pro model (pictured), are both part of the collection. 

‘Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion’

  • 4 out of 5 stars

This show is a walk down memory lane – if the lane was a runway and your memories are strewn with stacks of Dazed, ID and Another magazines. A particularly millennial, fashion-focused memory lane.  ‘30 Years of London Fashion’ takes you on a journey through the designers, celebrities and looks of the past three decades in this city. You’ll see copies of 90s Vanity Fair alongside a  Nokia 3210, Bjork’s Marjan Pejoski swan dress and Sam Smith’s inflatable latex Harri suit. There are a few other highly recognisable ‘fits, but aside from that, you’ll need to be a certain sort of fashion lover to enjoy it.  In the entrance, there’s a chart that takes you through the years, spotlighting key moments in fashion culture. Underneath, there’s each year’s winner of the British Fashion Council’s New Gen award – and it’s these designers you’ll need to be familiar with to really get excited about this show. Think Meadham Kirchoff, Craig Green, Agi and Sam, Sibling and Nazir Mazhar. It’s about as far removed from the V&A’s Dior or Chanel shows as it’s possible to get: subtract glitz and glamour, add a bit of grubby east London club scene and multiply.  I studied and worked in fashion during the 00s, so it hit me right in the feels. It brought back poring over Fashion Week roundups and praying my favourite designers would do a (sort-of) accessible high-street collaboration. I left weepy and nostalgic for my former life, pre-toddler and comfortable shoes. This exhibition is a celebration of th

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