Sketch Café at the Royal Academy: Art, Fashion and Food

For the second consecutive year, Mayfair restaurant Sketch has created a pop up patisserie and café at the Royal Academy of Arts for the festive season. Opening from 2nd December 2010 to 30th January 2011, it will run alongside the Royal Academy’s new exhibition, GSK Contemporary- Aware: Art Fashion Identity, which focuses on how artists and designers examine clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity.

Art, fashion and good food all make for a good recipe, especially when it involves such names as artist Dinos Chapman, Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire and designers Mawi and Linda Farrow. The result is rather inspiring, with bespoke tables covered in layered materials to form a patchwork of textures and colours, fashion-inspired cakes in the shape of shoes and clothes and photographs by artist Dinos Chapman featuring supermodel Claudia Schiffer- plus the possibility for one customer each week to win a piece of Mawi jewellery from the display. For the gourmet who likes to double as a culture vulture and fashionista, the Royal Academy’s new exhibition “GSK Contemporary-Aware: Art Fashion Identity” aims to explore the relationship between individual and social identities, with work by Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Grayson Perry and Yohji Yamamoto, amongst others. Smart, beautiful and tasty: there are worst combinations than that…

Sketch at the Royal Academy: 6 Burlington Gardens W1 (Piccadilly Circus, Green Park) from 2nd December 2010 through to 30th January 2011. 10am-6pm Mon-Sun (until 10pm on Fridays)