Bling, a new exhibition opening at the V&A Museum of Childhood, takes a closer look at the diversity of jewellery in east London, with emphasis on how the ornaments we use to decorate our bodies often have great personal and cultural significance.
The exhibition explores some of the diverse jewellery stories of people from the East End of London. A collaborative project with the London College of Fashion combining the work of local school children, Foundation Diploma students and contemporary jewellers with an East End link.
Every piece of jewellery tells a particular story and what we value is highly subjective. Gold and diamonds make expensive statements about material value whereas an inexpensive trinket might have some profound sentimental value associated with a place, a person or a time in our life.
Jewellery on display by contemporary designers: Oona Ball, Camilla David, Tatty Devine, Louise Evans, Catriona Faulkner, Jo Hayes-Ward, Shaun Leane, Maya and Linnie Mclarty, as well as students from London College of Fashion.
Work by primary school pupils from Old Palace Primary School, Tower Hamlets and Kingsmead Primary School, Hackney, as well as Hackney free & Parochial Secondary School.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA