Must-See London Exhibitions of 2017

2017 sees a host of creativity across Britain’s capital, from immersive virtual reality fun to the archived wardrobe of the late Princess Diana, Sufiyeh of The Sybarite serves up something for every taste with our exhibition guide below…

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
May 27 2017-February 18 2018
Cristóbal Balenciaga all but reinvented haute couture in the 1950s and has earned a place among the giants of twentieth-century fashion. This exhibition, marking the hundredth anniversary of the opening of his San Sebastian fashion house, will chart the Spanish designer’s rise through garments, hats, drawings, photographs and film.
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd London, SW7 2RL

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction
June 2 2017-September 1 2017
Original concept art and models from Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City, original manuscripts by Jules Verne, new commissions and music, film and contemporary art come together in this huge summer exhibition capturing sci-fi as we know it. Objects from beloved films, including pieces from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, tell the story of how the genre went mainstream, and how the sci-fi imagination has changed for the 21st century.
Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
June 8 2017-September 7 2017
Vanity? Narcissism? Whatever the reason for the title, we have high hopes for his exhibition. The cross-dressing artist – and one of Britain’s most unlikely national treasures – tends to be either denounced as a twee middlebrow populist, or a razor-sharp commentator on the foibles of our society. In any case, this major show of new works promises to look at the idea of the popular: how art can resonate with the average joe, and what it means in these uncertain post-Brexit times.
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA 

Diana: Her Fashion Story
February 24 2017-August 31 2017
From the pale pink Emanuel blouse she wore for her engagement portrait to the blue velvet gown she wore at the White House to dance with John Travolta, this new exhibition about Princess Diana’s wardrobe charts the image-crafting and sartorial choices throughout her life in the limelight. Tickets are included in the price of entry to the palace.
Kensington Palace, The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX 

Virtually Real
January 12 2017-January 14 2017
Immerse yourself in the first ever 3D printed artworks in virtual reality at the Royal Academy. This display features work from three Royal Academy School alumni created using virtual reality platforms, which you can walk through, over, under and around as the artwork is created around you. The work will also be 3D printed so it can be experienced in both virtual and physical form and there’s also a chance to create your own virtual reality masterpiece.
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD 

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