Each year, to celebrate the festive period, the V&A commissions a leading designer to create a Christmas tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum. These unique installations range from lavishly decorated real trees to man-made twists on the tradition.
Christmas Tree Installation by Matthew Williamson
For Christmas 2004, the V&A commissioned fashion designer Matthew Williamson to design the Museum's second Christmas tree. The V&A Christmas tree aimed to embrace and celebrate elements of design such as decoration and the innovative use of materials and processes.
In 1843, Henry Cole, the V&A’s founding director, sent the world’s first Christmas card. The Museum holds in its collections a large number of Christmas-related items, including cards, toys, books, church carvings, stained glass and decorations. The Museum also regularly commissions Christmas trees from well-known designers.