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What’s On At The V&A in 2019?

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What’s On At The V&A in 2019?

From videogames to high fashion

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The V&A have a stellar line-up of exhibitions to explore this year, including the biggest ever UK exhibition on the House of Dior, the first international retrospective of the iconic ’60s designer Mary Quant, and an insight into one of the world’s most creative photographers, Tim Walker. Culture vultures, pop these exciting openings in the diary…

Food: Bigger than the Plate

Food: Bigger than the Plate

Visitors will be taken on a multi sensory journey through the food cycle at the V&A’s new exhibition, Food: Bigger than the Plate, opening in May 2019. The exhibition will explore how the way we grow, distribute and experience food is changing – topics of increasing global interest and debate. There will be over 70 projects and collaborations from artists, designers, chefs, farmers, and local communities, with sections split into: ‘Compost’, ‘Farming’, ‘Trading’ and ‘Eating.’


Highlights will include Urban Mushroom Farm, an installation illustrating the idea of a circular economy using waste coffee grounds to grow edible Oyster mushrooms; real cheese made from human bacteria; and The Sausage of the Future which investigates a more sustainable approach to eating protein. Other projects explore how the pleasure of cooking and eating connects us culturally, socially and politically, with works from Ferran Adrià, Michael Rakowitz, Lubaina Himid and Grizedale Arts among others. 18 May-20 October 2019

Find out more about the exhibition here

Tracy Chevalier

To commemorate 20 years since Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring was published, guests are invited to join the author in conversation with art historian Dr Janina Ramirez.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Britain’s first major exhibition on the subject, the V&A’s Videogames sheds light on the history, development and design of video games, which have been growing and evolving for 15 years. Concept art and prototypes feature alongside large-scale immersive installations, with an Imax-sized cinema showcasing a series of short films representing the vastness of the gaming community. Open now until 24 February

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams



This will be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior. The show offers an in-depth and wide-ranging study of the unique Haute Couture garments since 1947, with a particular focus on Dior’s love of Britain. Across 11 theatrical sections, the exhibition showcases the exquisite skill and craftsmanship of the ateliers and successive artistic directors of the House of Dior. 2 February-14 July 


Read more about the Dior exhibition here

Mary Quant

Mary Quant, photograph by Ronald Dumont, c.1967. © Ronald Dumont/Stringer/Getty Images

Mary Quant, photograph by Ronald Dumont, c.1967. © Ronald Dumont/Stringer/Getty Images

The V&A is curating the first international retrospective of iconic British designer Mary Quant in almost 50 years. With over 200 garments and accessories including unseen pieces from her archive, the exhibition will explore the years between 1955 and 1975 in which Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. One of Britain’s most influential designers, Quant is known for her bright, playful clothes, from the decade-defining mini skirt to vibrant tights, popularised by the likes of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Opening 6 April

Read our full guide to Mary Quant at the V&A

Tim Walker

Delve into the mind of one of the world’s most inventive photographers, Tim Walker, through a series of photographs, films, photographic sets and special installations. Opening 21 September

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