At this time of year, there’s a Christmas tree around each corner in London and everybody wants to have the most talked about tree. Usually, it’s the bigger the better, but that’s simply just not how the V&A competes.
Each year, the V&A commissions a leading designer to create a Christmas tree, which takes pride of place at the museum’s Grand Entrance. Designers either infuse a traditional tree with lavish decorations or alternatively opt for a man-made twist.
This year, the designer of choice is British fashion designer Gareth Pugh, who created a spectacular pyramidal fusion of mirrors stretching over four metres high. The formation of the mirrors not only resembles that of a traditional Christmas tree, but their close arrangement also symbolises the close community feeling synonymous with the festive season.
The breathtaking installation is exactly what we’d expect from Pugh, who is known for his theatrical and fantastical pieces. Plus, he’s in good company as previous trees at the V&A have been created by Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson, to name but a few.
The tree is now on display to the public until 6 January 2015, and best of all, it’s absolutely free to view. If you’re a big Pugh fan, however, you can make a day of it by visiting some of his designs at the V&A’s Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014 exhibition.
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