Before planes, ocean liners were the hip way to travel. And Britain was at the forefront. “Our shipping industry was the biggest in the world, technical advances happened here and the shipping lines serviced the vast Empire,” said Ghislaine Maxwell, curator of a new V&A exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, from 3 February. Showcasing the design, décor and lifestyle on board liners including Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Eastern, the luxurious Queen Mary and turbo-charged Canberra, discover the finery passengers donned, the modern furniture and a poignant wood panel from the doomed Titanic’s first class lounge.
Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, 3 February to 10 June 2018, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, 0207 942 2000, vam.ac.uk
* Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines
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