Display Saturday, 15 September 2018 – Sunday, 23 September 2018

Dazzle

The Creative Studio at the V&A is being “dazzled” throughout the nine days of London Design Festival by graphic design studio Pentagram in a commissioned project inspired by a type of experimental camouflage used during the First World War.

  • Saturday, 15 – Sunday, 23 September 2018

  • The Creative Studio, Level 4

  • Free event

Dazzle photo

The idea of “dazzle”, a camouflage painted on to the surface of ships, was pioneered by British artist Norman Wilkinson, who prepared numerous designs for vessels, including US merchant ships, targeted by enemy U-boats. Drawing on avant garde artistic movements such as Cubism and Vorticism, as well as animal camouflage, these bewildering shapes and angles were designed to confuse the enemy as they struggled to make out the dazzle ships against shifting waves and clouds.

Created by Pentagram for 14 - 18 NOW

Part of London Design Festival at the V&A