Victoria and Albert Museum

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18th-century dress is renowned for its opulence. The period saw fashions for elaborate wigs, rich embroidery and full skirts. In addition to men’s and women’s daywear, the V&A has in its collections a number of mantuas, the remarkably wide gowns worn for formal court occasions.

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.

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400 Years of Fashion

400 Years of Fashion

The V&A's best-selling history of fashion book reflects the popularity of the Museum's world famous dress collection. Four Hundred Years of Fashio…

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Event - Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 1: Fresco Techniques

Fri 30 January 2015 11:00–15:30

STUDY DAY: Discover how artists painted upon damp or dry plaster during the great period of fresco painting from the 14th to 18th centuries.

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