Aestheticism, a design style popular in the second half of the 19th century, emphasised the importance of art above everything else and the pleasure to be found in beautiful things. In 2011, the V&A hosted the major exhibition 'The Cult of Beauty - The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900'.
Video: Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900
The first major exhibition dedicated to Aestheticism, highlights the spectacular work produced by the artists, designers and architects of the late 19th-century movement. The exhibition included James McNeill Whistler, William Morris and Thomas Jeckyll. Lead curator Stephen Calloway and other experts lead us through a world of beauty, flamboyance and faint danger via the work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde.