Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Among the Theatre and Performance collections there are over 3,500 stage costumes and accessories - ranging from complete outfits to individual headdresses. All are a tribute to the creativity and skills of designers and costume makers from the mid 18th century to today, in every kind of live performance - drama, opera, dance, musicals, pantomime, rock and pop, music hall, cabaret, circus.

The Wolsey Angels Appeal

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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Hollywood Costume (Paperback)

Hollywood Costume (Paperback)

This landmark book celebrates, for the very first time, the costume designer’s contribution to the telling of the cinematic story in 100 yea…

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Event - The Costumes of the Royal Opera House

Mon 09 February 2015 19:00

Mal Barton, Head of Costume Workrooms, has worked with the Royal Opera House since 1981, restoring and altering thousands of costumes. In this talk, Mal shares her passion for performance costume and the techniques needed to enable a performer the freedom of movement whether wearing a corset or a tutu.

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