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Renovation of Fashion Galleries, Room 40, 2012

The V&A has recently undertaken a major renovation of Room 40, which currently houses the Museum's fashion collection. Opened in 1909 as part of Aston Webb's expansion of the Museum, the gallery was first known as the Octagon Court. It was designed as a spacious domed court with large alcoves, architectural columns, mosaic flooring, and glazed roofing that provided natural light throughout the gallery. It had an upper gallery added in 1962 and the lower space was turned into a space for the display of fashion, which remains its purpose.

The Octagon Court, 1920.

The Octagon Court, 1920.

The newly refurbished Fashion Galleries, 2012

The newly refurbished Fashion Galleries, 2012

 

The refurbishments reveal the historic features of the gallery with a new lighting scheme and the renovation of the gallery's mosaic flooring. A large part of the Fashion collection is always available to view online at Search the Collections. There are also examples of British fashion to be seen in the British Galleries at the V&A. The renovation has enabled the space to showcase both temporary exhibitions and permanent collection pieces.


This development was completed as part of FuturePlan

FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.

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The Origins of Italian Fashion 1900-1945 (Paperback)

The Origins of Italian Fashion 1900-1945 (Paperback)

The Origins of Italian Fashion examines the history of Italian fashion from the beginning of the twentieth century, when the Lombard tailor Rosa Genon…

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The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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Event - Gallery Talk: The British Galleries

Thu 11 February 2016 13:00–14:00

FREE TALK: Find out some of the background behind the development of the British Galleries.

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