Victoria and Albert Museum

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Photo of a photo. Photoception?

(not quite) Club to Catwalk Exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum

Today I visited the V&A. It took me an hour and fifteen minute car journey, two tubes and a short walk but I made it there for 11AM. An hour later than anticipated but I guess it’s okay to be fashionably late for these things?

Upon arriving I quickly discovered I was not permitted to sketch or photograph any of the Club to Catwalk Exhibition so I decided I’d simply have to enjoy the memory (and purchase a collection of postcards just in case).

Luckily for me there was a general fashion exhibition displayed around the entrance for Club to Catwalk which did allow photography, so I took full advantage of the slightly relaxed rules and took as many pictures as my phone could handle.

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Lace Collar

Designed by Josef Storck (1830-1902) of K K Zentral-Spitzenkurs

About 1880

Vienna

Made by J. Stamnitzer

Raised needle lace

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Evening Dress

Designed by Jean Paul Gaultier (b. 1952)

Spring/Summer 1991

Paris

Stretch synthetic and sequins

 

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Ankle Boots

Designed by Alexander Mcqueen (1969-2010)

Spring/Summer 2011

London

Suede with studded crystal detail and zip

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Bodice

Designed by Christian Dior

Autumn/Winter 1954

Paris

Celluiose acetate and silk

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    Evening Dress

    Designed by Pierre Balmain (1914-1982)

    1957

    Paris

    Printed and appliqué silk

 

V&A has an incredible display of fashion pieces to admire. The only downside is being unable to take photographs or even sketch the clothes from the Club to Catwalk Exhibition and for this reason I would rate it 4/5. Of course you can buy posters, books and postcards from the souvenir shop but they are quite pricey as you would expect. All in all it was a great day out and well worth the visit, and in case you can’t make it I’ve added some scans from my postcard book. That’ll be £6 please.

Customised by Vivenne Westwood, Britain 1986

Denim Jacket by Levi Strauss Customised by Vivenne Westwood.

Bodymap, A/W 1984

Bodymap, A/W 1984

Goth Prom Ensemble Designed by Sarah Whitworth for New Masters Cotton and nylon Britain, 1983

Goth Prom Ensemble
Designed by Sarah Whitworth for New Masters
Cotton and nylon
Britain, 1983

Semi-Transparent Evening Dress Designed by Georgina Godley Silk jersey with bone hoops Britain, 1986

Semi-Transparent Evening Dress
Designed by Georgina Godley
Silk jersey with bone hoops
Britain, 1986

Rave Outfit Designed by Rifat Ozbek Synthetic fibres and glass beads Britain, 1990

Rave Outfit
Designed by Rifat Ozbek
Synthetic fibres and glass beads
Britain, 1990

Two Polaroid photographs (signed by Leigh Bowery) by Paul Hartnett Taboo, Maximus, Leicester Square, London, 1986

Two Polaroid photographs (signed by Leigh Bowery) by Paul Hartnett
Taboo, Maximus, Leicester Square, London, 1986