‘To me, beauty is the wonder of wonders. It’s only shallow people who do not judge by appearances,’ said Oscar Wilde, the patron saint of the aesthetic movement that is being celebrated – nay, feted – over at the Victoria & Albert Museum in a new exhibition. It’s called The Cult of Beauty and it covers that whole late 19th century period where people were giddy on drapery, drunk on the idea of a wilting flower and generally overcome by anything with a lot of flounce and frou-frou about it. Featuring work by the likes of Aubrey Beardsley, various pre-Rafaelites, William Morris and anyone for whom the word ‘decadent’ could be applied, it is an overload for the senses and begins this Saturday. Book your tickets here.