Suzanne Labarre runs through twelve of Britain's greatest design achievements from the past sixty years:
Everyone knows that hosting the Olympics is just an excuse to brag about your country to the rest of the world. Which helps explain the rather sprawling self-aggrandizement of a forthcoming exhibit at the London V&A: It’s a show dedicated to “the best of British design and creative talent” from 1948 -- the last time London got to promote itself before a captive global audience -- to the summer of 2012.
Luckily, Britain has talent worth the hype: It spawned Jony Ive, the genius behind Apple’s revolutionary design language. It gave us the engineers of the Concorde and fashion-world juggernauts like Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen. In short, the U.K. made it possible for the rest of us to fly fast and communicate even faster--all while dressed like bondage-fetishizing drag queens.