The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion is located at Blythe House, at Olympia in West London. The aim of the Clothworkers’ Centre is to provide the best possible access to the Museum’s outstanding collection of textiles and fashion in a relaxed and peaceful environment.
About the Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion
The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion is located at Blythe House at Olympia. All appointments to see objects in the Textiles and Fashion Study Collections will take place in the Centre.
Video: The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion
October 2013 marks the opening of the V&A’s Clothworkers' Centre, a place in west London especially for those wishing to study the V&A’s textiles and clothing – a collection that spans 3,000 years, and ranges from fragments to very large examples. Here, those who have overseen the Clothworker’s Centre provide an insight into the collection and the recently renovated building.
Spanning four centuries, the V&A’s Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world. Key items in the collection include rare 17th-century gowns, 18th-century ‘mantua’ dresses, 1930s eveningwear, 1960s daywear and post-war couture. Plus a growing number of pieces from 21st-century designers.
FuturePlan: Transforming the V&A
FuturePlan is an ambitious programme of development which is transforming the V&A. The best contemporary designers are creating exciting new galleries and visitor facilities, while revealing and restoring the beauty of the original building. In the past 10 years, over 70% of the museum’s public spaces have been transformed, improving access and allowing the collections to be more elegantly and intelligently displayed. By introducing bold new architectural interventions, FuturePlan aims to delight and to inspire visitors, and to continue the museum’s tradition of championing new talent.