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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.

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

On til 16 April 23
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.

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.

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.

V&A Academy

Autumn 2022
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With V&A Academy, bring the richness and rigour of the museum into your home with online courses and practical workshops, or study in-person in at V&A South Kensington. Learn from world-leading experts with V&A Academy this autumn – last chance to book.

Curating Fashion and Dress

1st Nov-6th Dec
1pm-4:30pm
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This course is a unique opportunity for cultural professionals who are interested in harnessing the V&A’s extensive expertise to develop their own fashion and dress curation skills. Participants will be taken through the whole curation process, from collecting to exhibiting.

Festive Screen Printing

3rd Dec
12pm-4pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Join our festive workshop with George Prints Design Studio and create your own unique Christmas gift. Learn how to screen print onto fabric, as you are expertly guided through the process from sketching out design ideas, to cutting stencils through to working with screens and inks.

Crown to Couture

5th April-29th Oct
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Kensington Palace
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From the glittering world of the Georgian court to the high glamour of the modern-day red carpet, this exhibition at Kensington Palace will see dazzling contemporary couture worn by celebrities including Lizzo and Lady Gaga, displayed alongside beautiful historic costume.

Daphne Guiness in Conversation

8th Dec
7pm-8pm
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Join the V&A for this online talk with fashion designer, musician, stylist and perfumer Daphne Guinness, in conversation with fashion curator NJ Stevenson, for an exploration of her design inspirations and the collaborative power of the muse.

Live Conversation: Fashion Futures, Emerging Designers

2nd Dec
6pm-7pm
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This discussion will explore how emerging designers can build a career in a challenging industry and what the role of a present day and future Fashion designer looks like. Live Conversations are devised in collaboration with the V&A Youth Collective exploring topical themes important to the group.

Onsite Talk: His Dark Materials: Dressing Mrs Coulter

15th Dec
7pm-8:45pm
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Join costume designer Caroline McCall and actor Ruth Wilson as they discuss the process of creating the stunning costumes for this iconic character for the hit HBO/BBC television series.