Victoria and Albert Museum

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The fashion of the 19th century is renowned for its corsets, bonnets, top hats, bustles and petticoats. Women’s fashion during the Victorian period was largely dominated by full skirts, which gradually moved to the back of the silhouette. However, towards the end of the period, the less restrictive Aesthetic style began to emerge.

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We urgently need your help to raise the £5,000,000 it will cost for the V&A to acquire four Renaissance angels cast for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey and later in the possession of Henry VIII.

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Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Fashion photography is said to have begun with the distinguished American photographer Edward Steichen in 1911, and in the more than hundred years sin…

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Event - The Classical World and Classical Revivals

Tue 13 January 2015–Tue 03 March 2015

10 WEEK COURSE: The civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for European art, design and architecture from the 15th-century right up to the present day. This course celebrates the opening of the V&A’s outstanding new galleries – Europe 1600-1800 – by exploring the key elements of Classicism, and their re-interpretation and revival in later times.

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