What is Luxury ?


Body 1, Re-materialisation of Systems, El Ultimo Grito, 2014, photo © POI

Exhibition, V&A London, UK, until 27 September
What is Luxury? interrogates ideas of luxury today, addressing how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual, and cultural capacity. Extraordinary works of craftsmanship are on display, including a couture gown by fashion designer Iris van Herpen and fine examples of haute horlogerie by British watchmaker George Daniels, alongside more unexpected projects which explore the cultural value of materials such as gold, diamonds, and plastic. The future of luxury is explored, with questions posed on the role that time, space, privacy, well being, social inclusivity, and access to resources and skill may play in determining our choices and aspirations.
Necklace Bubble Bath by Nora Fok, 2001. Photo by Heini Schneebeli, Courtesy of the Crafts Council
Combs Hair, Highway Studio Swine 2014
Time for Yourself by Marcin Rusak in collaboration with Iona Anglesey 2013