Co-organised by the V&A and the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, this is the first exhibition dedicated to the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. Beginning with Brunel’s steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition will trace the design stories behind some of the world’s most luxurious liners. It will explore all aspects of ship design from ground-breaking engineering and interiors to the fashion and lifestyle aboard. It will showcase more than 250 objects, including paintings, sculpture, and ship models, alongside wall panels, textiles, and photographs – reuniting objects that have not seen together since on-board these spectacular vessels. Highlights include a precious Cartier tiara recovered from the sinking Lusitania in 1915, as well as a panel fragment from the Titanic’s first class lounge, returning to the UK for the first time since its tragic maiden voyage in 1912. Find out more about the ‘Ocean Liners: Speed & Style’ exhibition from the V&A’s website.
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