xmas-lights.jpgIt may have come as a surprise to some, but a British fashion house, famous for its minimalist T-shirts, has designed the V&A’s Christmas tree this year.  Boudicca – the first British fashion house ever to be invited to become a guest member of Haute Couture in Paris – is the home of design partners Zowie Broach and Brian Kirby.  They chose the bittersweet Hans Christian Andersen story The Little Match Girl as their starting point and made the fairy on top of the tree into the little match girl herself, who received three visions before her final match, and her life, expired.  What makes the choice particularly appropriate is that the V&A is currently exhibiting fashion history in the landmark show ‘The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957’.

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