Tim Walker | Wonderful Things Press Launch

by Shanna Bent


Art & CultureFashion September 17, 2019

Yes! Wonderful things!” Archaeologist Howard Carter responded to Lord Carnarvon after asking if he can see anything upon discovering the glittering gold liquered tomb of Tutankhamun in November 1922.

On the 21st September 2019, the V&A officially opens it’s doors to invite guests into Tim Walker’s real life treasure trove of Wonderful Things to celebrate his 25 year contribution to fashion photography. A pioneer in bringing dreams to reality and delivering the unexpected, his style has become so distinctively recognisable whether it be from opening a double page editorial spread or mega brand campaign. To be invited to the preview during London Fashion Week (a very suitable time) a week before the official opening is the ultimate dream come true.

Tim Walker has been working extremely close with the dozens of people from the V&A team for the past year in exploring and researching the museums archives to use as inspiration for the 10 new photoshoots exhibited alongside a selection of pieces from his portfolio archive. All text used within the exhibition are real texts from Tim’s own sketchbooks, adding an extremely personal touch as though he himself is guiding you through each room.

After having first witnessed Tim Walker’s Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House circa 2012 to now experiencing his largest show to date at my favourite museum in London is fantastically awe-inspiring. I instantly felt a connection with Tim and his work when he recalls “To me, the V&A has always been a palace of dreams”. Designed by Shona Heath, Tim’s long-term collaborator, the show exhibits over 300 items guiding visitors into an enchanted experience.

The year-long journey in creating the exhibition appears to be where the most beauty is found- within the exploration and development stages. Susanna Brown, Curator of photographs, tearfully concludes her speech with reference to a photograph from Tim’s personal scrapbook: “Ends are always followed by beginnings. Something new could start now, right here! There really are so many wonderful things”.

The Tim Walker: Wonderful Things exhibition is now open until 8th March 2020

Words: Shanna Bent | Fashion Contributor & Designer

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