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What’s On at The V&A?

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The leading arts and design museum is now open

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The V&A has reopened its doors to the public with a sensational line-up of exhibitions. Visitors are now able to explore the ground and second floors, as well as the Europe 1600-1815 galleries in what is a phased reopening – note: free timed entry tickets must be booked – whilst the highly-anticipated Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk retrospective has also recommenced. Here’s what to book and look forward to over the coming months.

The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2020/21

What’s On At The V&A?

Following months of temporary closure, the V&A is back with an exciting array of exhibitions and upcoming retrospectives, including an exploration of all things Alice in Wonderland to the evolution of fashion’s most beloved accessory, the bag. Ensure these must-see showcases are on your radar…

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. Catch it now until 25 October 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 at the V&A celebrates the history, status and power of the humble handbag. From luxury designs – think Mulberry and Karl Lagerfeld – to Winston Churchill’s despatch box, plus those worn by Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, delve into the depths of fashion’s most functional accessory. 21 November – 12 September 2021. 

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 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. 1 November 2020 – 1 November 2021.

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 2021, 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 March 2021 – 31 December 2021.

Epic Iran

Epic Iran V&A

Spanning 300 notable pieces and 5,000 years of history, this captivating exhibition will transport culture vultures to the Middle East in an in-depth exploration of Iranian art, design and culture. Opening  13 February 2021.

Visit vam.ac.uk for more information

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