British Fashion: 1955-Present

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Go one step beyond our exhibition and explore Mary Quant’s fashion innovation and commercial nous in detail. Examine how she emerged as a designer and flourished alongside contemporaries such as Ossie Clark and Zandra Rhodes. You will learn how Quant’s influence characterised British fashion and inspired notable successors including Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

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Portrait of Course Leader Clare Rose

Course Leader
Clare Rose

Dr Clare Rose is an expert on the history of fashion who frequently lectures at the V&A, and is the Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at the Royal School of Needlework. She has published many books and articles, and her training as a museum curator means she has a detailed understanding of the techniques that produce innovative garments.

I have taken many Weekend Courses at the V&A and I come away feeling inspired, stimulated by the facts, and wishing to know even more Previous Course Student

Course overview

Mary Quant has been recognised as one of the most innovative designers of the 20th Century – not only for her irreverent and iconoclastic designs but also for her approach to merchandising, with a direct appeal to young and fashion-conscious consumers. This Weekend Course will examine the context from which she emerged, her contemporaries Foale and Tuffin, Ossie Clark, Bill Gibb, and Zandra Rhodes, and some of her notable successors including Barbara Hulanicki, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith. These will highlight the combination of fashion innovation and commercial nous that have characterised British fashion. A visit to the V&A Prints and Drawings Study Room to view selected fashion drawings and photographs is included in the weekend.


Booking and Further Information

Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

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Weekend course: British Fashion: 1955-Present

5 October 2019 - 6 October 2019

£147.00 - £195.00

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Open 10.00 - 13.00, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)