The V&A museum lives up to it’s reputation as the world’s greatest museum of art and design. The museum covers a span of 2,000 years worth of art in every medium across the world to educate and inspire both designers and manufacturers. The museum was called the Victoria and Albert museum after Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of a new building at the museum in 1899. Within the museum is the National Art Library with over 1 million items covering every aspect of design in categories from furniture and woodwork – fashion – ceramics and class – history of art and plenty more.
The V&A features different exhibits throughout the year and currently on display are Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950. This exhibit is AMAZING, showcasing dresses of royalty (Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ by Catherine Walker), red carpet worthy dresses (worn by Elizabeth Hurley) and dresses straight from the catwalk of Alexander McQueen. The exhibit is two floors with more then 60 different designs. While I was admiring all the beautiful fabrics, designs and textures of these carefully constructed gowns David was wise to just let me be and dream about one day owning something as magnificent as what was being showcased. I met up with him after I had stared at them for long enough and we explored through the rest of the museum.
The theatre and performance section of the museum was really fascinating with models of famous sets and theatres throughout London. Some of the costumes that were there were from plays like The Lion King and outfits worn by Elton John in performance. The image to the right is the ever so revealing jumpsuit worn by Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stones concerts of 1972. Also in this collection were puppets, the history of stage makeup and Kylie Minogue’s dressing room.
This is a fantastic place to wander around and get lost in. It is so easy to lose track of time and realize hours have past since you arrived. This is a place I will return to as they have different exhibits throughout the year.