Asensational diamond and pearl Cartier tiara rescued during the 1915 sinking of RMS Lusitania, an exquisite Rococo carved-wood panel found adrift in the aftermath of 1912’s Titanic disaster, and a stylish set of personalised Maison Goyard luggage owned by the Duke of Windsor, circa 1940s, are just a few highlights of the new exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, which runs at the Victoria and Albert Museum until June 17.
The first exhibition to consider the cultural impact of cruise and ocean liners from the mid-19th to the late-20th century, the show pays special attention to the glamorous‘golden age’ of voyages that lasted from the 1890s to the 1940s. “The great age of ocean liners has long passed,” says Ghislaine Wood, co-curator of Ocean Liners, “but no form of transport has been so romantic or so remarkable.” |


Feb 19th 2018

In Bloom: Garden parties

Dalliances in the dahlias and parrots in the peonies: it turns out there’s more to garden parties than meets the eye. Tilly Berendt dives into the shrubbery for a closer look

The five stars: London’s most famous department stores

London’s department stores stock everything you could ever need, but the most famous have retained their unique identities, as Tilly Berendt discovers.

Beyond London: International Day at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club

Far from being mired down by tradition and image, Jamie Morrison is on a mission to revitalise the sport of kings. Tilly Berendt visits his Berkshire club to experience the new International Day, in which the pitch-side parties are as sleek and sexy as the sport unfolding on the grass