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BRITAIN CREATES: Fashion + Art Collusion at the V&A

Lifestyle Reporter: Amy Everett

This summer, nine pairs of world class British fashion designers and visual artists will collaborate, fusing their creative talents to produce one-off works of art to be displayed at the V&A museum in London.

Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion boasts a roll call that features Paul Smith, Jonathan Saunders, Giles Deacon, Charming Baker, Mark Titchner and many more.

Matthew Williamson will be embellishing Mat Collishaw’s large photographic print of crushed insects encased in glass, with gems and delicate beading. The designer’s signature exotic flair will enhance the three-dimensional, contoured relief, entitled ‘Lepiszoulo’.

Elsewhere, Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller have produced a full-body running suit like no other. The costume features a flowing train, leather-lashed staff and a stunning crested headdress of leaves and feathers.

Paul Smith’s passion for cycle racing provided the subject for his collaboration with Charming Baker. Together they fashioned a polished aluminium bicycle cast from a racing model and raised it upright on its back wheels. Then comes the usual injection of quirkiness from Baker – a tiny mouse, bearing the gleaming bike on his shoulders.

Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21st June and running until 9th September 2012, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Don’t miss the unique chemistry created in these collisions of creative genius.

Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion will be shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Studio Gallery from 6-29 July 2012. Admission is free. For more information on this one-off exhibition, visit Festival.london2012.com

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