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William Kent was an ideas man - the Damien Hirst of the 18th century

Visit Kent’s great gardens rather than this V&A exhibition if you want a more accurate impression of this ‘father of modern gardening’.

Andrew Lambirth | The Spectator

How the V&A's Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition fell flat

“The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is ‘Bulgari,’” Richard Burton once said.

The Independent | Zoe Pilger

The Glamour of Italian Fashion, V&A: Review

The V&A’s spring exhibition examines Italy’s contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War right up until the present day.

Separated in to different sections and featuring everything from evening wear to knitted garments,...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

From bomb sites to Bulgari: V&A falls under the spell of Italian glamour

The word glamour originally meant magic or enchantment: to "cast a glamour" was to cast a spell to make something appear different from reality.

Jess Cartner-Morley | The Guardian

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

In his recent TV essay on brutalism, Jonathan Meades railed against the Georgian era as representing a kind of anodyne British good taste against which anything more weird or daring or ugly is always unfavourably compared.

Chris Waywell | Time Out

Designs of the Year 2014: Review

A floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, a transport app and a wheel chair that adapts to the child are just some of the nominations that are up for this year’s Designs of the Year.

With a number of designs in numerous categories such as...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

How William Kent became 18th-century Britain’s master designer

New exhibition at the V&A celebrates the life of the Yorkshireman with ‘polymath talents’ and a ‘magpie-brain’

Jonathan Foyle | The FT

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum

Initiating the tercentenary of the arrival of the Hanoverians and thus the foundation of our German royal family, this startling and beguiling exhibition of the work of the polymath William Kent (1685-1748) crams 200 objects – drawings, paintings,...

Marina Vaizey | The Arts Desk

V&A explores exuberance of Georgian architect and designer William Kent

Man who designed Horse Guards was also extravagant stylist and opportunist who helped create 'brand Britain', says curator e

Oliver Wainwright | The Guardian

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain Review

Architect, furniture designer and landscape architect, William Kent’s influence on design in early Georgian Britain caused a mixture of opinions both when he was alive and after his death.

This latest exhibition at the V&A is one of the...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon