The V&A's collections cover a vast number of design styles, from the Romanesque art and architecture of the Middle Ages, to the 20th century's radical Postmodernism. Explore the trends, themes and revolutions in design over the centuries.
17th-Century Design Styles
The 17th century is famous for its rich design styles. The Jacobean period saw luxurious and exotic materials brought to Britain for the first time. The Restoration was a time of great artistic opulence and flamboyance. Meanwhile the Baroque style brought European luxury to British design.
20th-Century Design Styles
During the 20th century, art and design was inescapably influenced by politics. Modernism and Art Deco were a reaction to the horrors of the First World War. Later, artists responded to the end of World War II and the fear and suspicion brought on by the Cold War tensions between East and West.