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Rewind: 40 years of Design and Advertising from the D&AD Awards


7 November 2002 - 2 February 2003
This exhibition held in the Contemporary Space showcased the most famous examples of design and advertising celebrating the D&AD Awards 1962 - 2002. From 'Beanz Meanz Heinz' to the Apple iMac and the Guinness 'Surfer' commercial forty years on, D&AD opened its archive of award-winning work for a major public retrospective exhibition at the V&A, charting the rise of Britain's creative industries and their impact on everyday life



17 October 2002 - 12 January 2003
A major retrospective of the work of fashion designer Gianni Versace (1946 –1997) which featured the most comprehensive collection of originals ever exhibited from the Versace archives, a house renowned for its style and luxury.

Buildings in Miniature


10 September- 1 December 2002
Ranging from ancient China and medieval India to early nineteenth-century Italy and contemporary London, this is a selection of architectural models drawn from the collections of the V&A and RIBA and displayed at the V&A in autumn 2002.

100 Photographs: A Collection by Bruce Bernard


5 September 2002 - 26 January 2003
Bruce Bernard was a wonderfully gifted picture editor. Between 1996 and his death in the year 2000 he built up a remarkable collection of photographs for the artist and collector James Moores. The collection, shown here for the first time, [and in the accompanying book] provides a very personal, fresh and exhilarating view of photography. It is a special farewell book and exhibition from a great and discriminating friend of photography.

Stepping In and Out: Contemporary Documentary Photography


5 September 2002 - 26 January 2003
Stepping In and Out takes as its starting point Bruce Bernard’s belief in the profound ability of photography to both record and comment on all human life. Eight projects were brought together here in recognition of this essential capacity of photography. They offer us insights into the scope of contemporary documentary photography and the motivations of photographers who continue to work with photography’s most enduring qualities.

Cinema India


26 June - 6 October 2002
This exhibition brought together some of the most remarkable examples of Indian cinema art. From large-scale hoardings and posters, to photo cards, booklets and original film trailers; the exhibition displayed landmark images, and explored major themes, which outline the stylistic and historic development of Indian cinema art within the context of post-independence Indian history.

Read more about Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood

Milan in a Van


22 April - 9 June 2002
For this exhibition V&A curators returned from the Milan Furniture Fair with a van full of the most interesting work for immediate display. Milan in a Van brought leading international design to the V&A just days after products were launched at the Milan Furniture Fair.



21 March - 14 July 2002
Tiaras presented the greatest collection of tiaras ever assembled, with more than 200 scintillating gem-set head ornaments on display in the exhibition.

Earth and Fire


14 March - 7 July 2002
Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova. Through their masterful control of material and a superb sense of artistry, Italian sculptors have explored the versatility of terracotta to create some of the most alluring and expressive sculptures in the history of art.

Seeing Things: Photographing Objects, 1850-2001


21 February - 18 August 2002
Seeing Things looked at still life plus the many other ways in which photography has interpreted objects: as museum specimens, as direct facsimiles (such as a startling photographic copy of a bank cheque from 1858), as Surrealist surprises, natural history, found objects, impossible objects, domestic details, personal accessories and advertising. The exhibition took in the home, the studio and the street and includes many of the greatest practitioners of photography, including Roger Fenton, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eugene Atget, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, William Eggleston, Helen Chadwick and Hannah Collins, and younger photographers of today.

Men in Skirts


8 February - 12 May 2002
When David Beckham wore a sarong, the story hit the front pages. What is it about men in skirts that provokes such a strong reaction? Men in Skirts at the V&A looked at how contemporary designers have re-invented the skirt for men and the many forms the male skirt can take.

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.