Decolonisation collection, Carla Fernández. Photograph © Ramio Chaves. Courtesy of Carla Fernández/V&A website. 

the best things to watch, see and do this week

Get your indispensable gui-De to leisure action, with our culture highlights of the week.

by Roisin Lanigan
15 October 2018, 1:27pm

Decolonisation collection, Carla Fernández. Photograph © Ramio Chaves. Courtesy of Carla Fernández/V&A website. 

Fashion: Fashion in Motion
The latest Fashion in Motion live catwalk show at the V&A is a celebration of ethical designer and social entrepreneur Carla Fernández. Tying in with the museum’s current Frida Kahlo exhibition, the show will centre around Carla’s ethos of fashion as resistance -- the Mexican designer is showing pieces that focus on themes of social justice, decolonisation and intersectionality.
Fashion in Motion: Carla Fernández takes place on Friday 19 October in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Raphael Gallery, with shows at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 8pm. Tickets are available here .

Alright Darling Contemporary Drag Photography

Photography: Alright Darling?
If you’re struggling through the dry season without any new RuPaul’s Drag Race episodes and need something to sate your appetite for shade, reading, lace fronts and genuinely terrifying high heeled acrobatics, then this new book will do the trick. Created by photographer Greg Bailey, Alright Darling? is a visual celebration of the beautiful, wild wonderland of contemporary drag, and showcase’s some of the scene’s most famous faces, including Drag Race alumni Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards, Trixie Mattel and Latrice Royale.
Alright Darling? is available to purchase here (with a sneak peek inside)!

Books: Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
If after that you’re still in the market for some new literature then you’re in luck! Atlas of Brutalist Architecture is released this week, and it’s a belter. Perhaps the most comprehensive documentation of the world’s best brutalist buildings, the book spans 102 countries, 878 buildings, and 798 architects, all celebrating one style: brutalism.
If big books on brutalism are your thing then you can see more of the book, available 17 October, and pre-order it here .

Exhibition: The Manchester Science Festival
Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum kick off a festival with a twist this week as their 10 day long celebration of science and technology begins on Thursday 18 October. The Manchester Science Festival is a creative, playful and often surprising journey into all things scientific, with daily interactive and late-night events on topics as wide-ranging as electricity, cyborgs, wearable technology and black holes. The truth is out there.
The Manchester Science Festival runs from 18 to 28 October at the city’s Science and Industry Museum. For the full 2018 programme, click here to have your mind blown by the power of science.

Show: Jonny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety Show
Finish off your week in a big way -- with a variety show with a difference. Returning for its third year, this Friday and Saturday Hackney Empire host Jonny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety Show, an absolute bonanza of cabaret, drag, comedy music and theatre with some of the UK’s best performers. There’s feminist comedy with Adrienne Truscotte, drag stand up with The Glory’s Margo Marshal, a Kate Middleton Choir and a chance to see 1000 Liza Minnellis dancing all at once. What more could you want from your weekend?
Jonny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety Show appears at the Hackney Empire 19 and 20 October. Ticket prices and a full rundown of what the show entails can be found here (there’s a lot of it).

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