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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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Martand Singh and Robert Skelton in conversation

Tue 15 March 2016, 18:30–19:30. Join renowned curators and scholars, Martand Singh and Robert Skelton for a special evening of personal recollection as they will share with the audience their knowledge, insights and experiences of Indian art and culture developed and encountered over a lifetime of common interests.

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Event - CreateTour: Fashion (March 2016)

Fri 18 March 2016 20:00–20:30

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: CreateTours are free tours of exhibitions and galleries led by members of CreateVoice, the V&A’s young people’s collective.

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