Fashion and Style in South Kensington

Fashion and style are synonymous with South Kensington. Look back in time or look to the future of fashion at some of London's leading museums.

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Fashion

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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

V&A jewellery collection

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

Art Deco Fashion

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Distinct, elegant and vivid in colour, items from the V&A's fashion collections reveal the relationship between Art Deco design and the clothing and jewellery of the 1920s and 1930s. Jeanne Lanvin's 1930s beautiful evening dresses were the epitome of Art Deco elegance, combining simple, fluid forms with severe geometry. Immerse yourself in a bygone era!

Africa Fashion

From Sat 2 July 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am – 10pm
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The V&A is staging its first Africa Fashion exhibition, which will be as eclectic and varied, diverse and dynamic as its people. It will tell a story of fashion as a self-defining art form; a kind of movement culture that goes beyond individual garments to encompass attitude, gesture, style.

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Design 1900-Now Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.45
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A gallery exploring how design shapes how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume. The gallery includes Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir’s iconic British road signage system, Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book and Nike’s Nigeria football shirt for the 2018 World Cup.

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Til Sun 6 November 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men's fashion and reflection on gender, we will explore how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

24 Sep - 25 June 2023
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.

Bethany Williams: Alternative Systems

Until 4 September 2022
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm - Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
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Celebrate the work of designer Bethany Williams with this new exhibition embracing the discussion of social and environmental issues through her garments made from recycled book waste.

V&A Academy Courses for June

7th June - 16th July
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Now is your last chance to book a V&A Academy Online art history course starting this June. Learn from museum experts and beyond from the comfort of your home and explore the V&A’s Collections from Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts to Indian Textiles or get hands-on with our online Watercolours Introduction.