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Look Forward: What’s On at The V&A?

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The leading arts and design museum has closed for the forseeable

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The V&A is one amongst many arts and culture hubs to close due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The leading arts and design museum stated that ‘the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority’.

A message on the V&A website reads:

‘In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) will temporarily close from 18 March.

‘While we are closed, please keep in touch on social media, or here on our blog or go behind-the-scenes in Secrets of the Museum on BBC iPlayer. We will continue to update our website and social media channels with the latest information and advice. We look forward to seeing you again soon.’

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Look Forward: What’s On At The V&A?

The V&A has a stellar line-up of upcoming exhibitions to explore, including upcoming showcases dedicated to Alice in Wonderland and the evolution of fashion’s most beloved accessory, the bag. Culture vultures, pop these exciting openings in the diary…

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Christian Dior, Haute Couture Spring Summer 2007, image courtesy of Getty Images

An entire exhibition dedicated to the kimono? We’re officially intrigued. From 17th Century Japanese garments, to original Star Wars costumes and designs from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, explore the fascinating evolution of the Kimono and its progressional role within the world of haute couture. Exhibition postponed. 

Bags: Inside Out

Bags: Inside Out

Model with Lait de Coco Evening Bag, Karl Lagerfeld, 2014 (c) Jason Lloyd Evans

Practical, sometimes necessary and often wholly understated: Bags: Inside Out celebrates the history, status and power of the humble handbag. From luxury designs – think Mulberry and Karl Lagerfeld – to Winston Churchill’s despatch box and those worn by Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, delve into the depths of fashion’s most functional accessory. Closed until further notice. 

Our Guide to Bags: Inside Out

Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck

Renaissance Watercolours

Leonardo da Vinci, A bird’s-eye view of western Tuscany, c.1503-4.Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

Uncover a glorious collection of 200 renaissance watercolour works of art and their depiction of the natural world in the first exhibition dedicated to the superlative art form. Exhibition postponed.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Illustration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by John Tenniel, 1865 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Set to be the V&A’s most highly anticipated and must-see exhibition of 2020, enter into the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland and explore the iconic story’s influential 158-year-old history; its origins, evolution and impact on film, fashion, photography, and more. 27 June 2020 – 10 January 2021.

Visit vam.ac.uk for more information

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