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What’s On At The V&A?

From Renaissance Watercolours to Alice in Wonderland...

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The V&A has a stellar line-up of exhibitions to explore, including the first international retrospective of the iconic ’60s designer Mary Quant, insight into one of the world’s most creative photographers, Tim Walker, and 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…

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 has curated 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 explores 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. Until 16 February 2020.

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

Tim Walker

Tim Walker

V&A Tim Walker Wonderful Things Exhibition Installation View – ‘Retrospective’ Section/ © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Delve into the mind of one of the world’s most inventive and iconic photographers, Tim Walker, through a series of colourful photographs, films, photographic sets and special installations. Until March 2020

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

French advertisement (1934) for the Tatra 77

French advertisement (1934) for the Tatra 77

An exhibition curated for all the motor enthusiasts of the world, Cars: Accelerating the Modern World explores the 130-year long history of the car, how it has impacted the way in which we live, and the transformative future of the revolutionary industry. 19 October 2019 – 19 April 2020

Read our Guide to the Exhibition here

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. 29 February – 21 June 2020

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. Opening on 25 April 2020.

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. Opening on 16 May 2020.

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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