Tuesday 27 November 2012

December What's On at Somerset House
© Marcus Ginns
© Lorenzo Agius Valentino with models 2007
Valentino: Master of Couture
29 November 2012 – 3 March 2013
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Be one of the first to walk down the catwalk as the doors open this Thursday on our must-see exhibition dedicated to the glamorous world of haute couture. Learn about Valentino, his life and his friends and marvel at 137 exquisitely crafted dresses worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly.
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Skate at Somerset House
Until 6 January 2013
Come and celebrate on or off the ice this festive season. Party with a stellar line-up of live DJs at one of a Club Nights including sets from The Loose Cannon & Joey Negro, see in 2013 at our special New Year’s Eve event, find your feet with Skate School, or simply soak up the atmosphere in Tom’s Skate Lounge. The perfect place to share seasonal fun with your friends and family. 
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© David Jensen
© Emma Critchley
BOOK NOW: A dreamthinkspeak productionIn the Beginning was the End
28 January – 30 March 2013
Take a journey through the maze-like underground passages and unseen spaces of Somerset House and King's College with this new production by acclaimed site-responsive theatre company dreamthinkspeak that the Independent claims have been ‘quietly reinventing site-specific theatre for some years now’.
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Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour
Until 27 January 2013
Terrace Rooms & Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
You’d have to be dead not to feed off the energy contained within this exhibition’ Daily Telegraph.
Witness unseen photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson side-by-side with over 90 colour scenes by acclaimed photographers from the 50’s to the present day that challenge the master’s theory that colour is for painters.
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© Ernst Haas, New York City USA, 1981
Join us for late night Thursdays this month as each of our exhibitions will be open till 21:00, until 20 December 2012.

Tim Walker: Story Teller supported by Mulberry 
Until 27 January 2013
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Don’t miss out on this free exhibition with spectacular photographs by Tim Walker picked from the pages of the leading fashion magazines alongside giant props from his photo shoots. ‘Tim Walker: Story Teller is a photographic fairytale’ ELLE Magazine.
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The Christmas Arcade
Until 6 January 2013
West Wing
Shop for the perfect gift this season at this new luxury pop-up shopping mall transforming the beautifully renovated West Wing overlooking the ice rink and that Time Out is calling ‘the most luxurious pop-up shop experience you'll have ever had’.
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Learning & Events at Somerset House
Enjoy magic and festive folkloric fun with our Learning Events. Families can join Puppet Playtime or catch up with The Wizard of Oz. Adults can embrace their inner pagan or urban recycler in our Festive Late, soak up the atmosphere in the Deadhouse with a Tim Walker double bill or discover the stories behind the work with our exhibition spotlight tours.
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Courtauld Gallery Late
Thursday 29 November 2012, until 21:00
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
Explore The Courtauld Gallery after hours and enjoy masterpieces by van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin. Listen to live music and talks, take part in art workshops, or grab a bite to eat in The Gallery Café.
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From our friends at Roundhouse
Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming
1 - 30 December 2012
The absurdly funny Lemony Snicket story is vividly brought to life by Tall Stories, the company that brought you The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom. With a great cast, live music and a screaming potato pancake – the perfect festive family treat.
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From our friends at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment
16 November 2012 – 23 February 2013 (Tuesdays – Saturdays)
This exhibition of works by Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Frederick Fox celebrates the timeless elegance of London couture and explores how royal patronage of ground-breaking British designers put London on the international fashion map after the Second World War.
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