HOLFreshly recovered from the da Vinci exhibition at London’s National Gallery, I hit another of the great museums of the city, the glorious Victoria and Albert museum (The V&A to the cool kids).  The V&A is just great, a huge collection dedicated to art and design – all kinds of design from all eras.  It is a place where you can see tapestries from the days of Henry VIII and chairs from the swinging 1960’s.  Any lover of design (and an anglophile at that) like myself could spend days at the V&A and be in heaven.

I have been to the V&A on past trips to London, but wanted to visit again on this recent trip to see what was new and specifically check out a special exhibition curated by one of my all time favorite recording artists, Annie Lennox.  Ms. Lennox has curated The House of Annie Lennox for the V&A, a special exhibit highlighting her career and her approach to style and the creative process.

About the House of Annie Lennox: “This exciting one-room display explores the image and creative vision of Annie Lennox, whose music and personal style is internationally renowned. On display are costumes and accessories worn by Lennox, photographs, personal treasures and awards, ephemera from the political campaigns she has championed, recorded interviews, and music videos.”

The V&A has a wonderful permanent collection of works dedicated to the performing arts, and The House of Annie Lennox fits right in.  Included here are some great pieces from Ms. Lennox’s career, including some iconic costumes she has worn through the years, and the Oscar she won for writing a song from the Lord of the Rings films.  It is always a kick to see an Oscar in the flesh.

I left the House of Annie Lennox and the V&A with a renewed appreciation for the creative process and a strong desire to rededicate myself to my own art.

The House of Annie Lennox continues at London’s V&A museum through the end of February 2012.

Check out the V&A’s website here.

See the site dedicated to The House of Annie Lennox at the V&A here.