Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum The world's leading museum of art and design, and performance. Our collections are unrivaled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures.

Welcome to the V&A's official page. Like the V&A to stay up-to-date with exclusive exhibition news, behind-the-scenes pictures, the latest special events and one-off competitions. Don't forget to check-in when you visit us! Admission free.

09/06/2019

#WeWantQuant is the word on everyone's lips. Swing back into the 60s with us and discover the woman who led the fashion revolution on the British high street.

Mary Quant is open until 16 February, book tickets now: http://bit.ly/2TNaSBd

This dress by John Galliano for the House of Dior is adorned with an orb, sceptre and crown of Swarovski crystals. It ep...
08/06/2019

This dress by John Galliano for the House of Dior is adorned with an orb, sceptre and crown of Swarovski crystals. It epitomises fantastical story-telling through garments.

Go behind the scenes and learn all about the making of #DiorDesignerofDreams from its conception, through the development phases to the final display, with our new course, Staging the Exhibition: https://bit.ly/2WUqRmD

Have you seen the miniature gowns in #DiorDesignerofDreams? They’re EXACT replicas of the full scale gowns, demonstrat...
08/06/2019

Have you seen the miniature gowns in #DiorDesignerofDreams? They’re EXACT replicas of the full scale gowns, demonstrating the craftsmanship of the Dior ateliers.

Join our embroidery workshop and create your own miniature dainty Dior gown: https://bit.ly/2KxF2HB
image © Jamie Stoker

Constructing this would have been no walk in the park. Cristóbal Balenciaga was famous for his extravagant and inventiv...
07/06/2019

Constructing this would have been no walk in the park. Cristóbal Balenciaga was famous for his extravagant and inventive evening dresses like this one.

Take a 500 year journey through the history of fashion and trace the makers and movements that changed how we dress. Our fashion history course starts in September: https://bit.ly/2JXwDha

Did you know that the V&A holds the world's biggest collection on #BeatrixPotter? This watercolour drawing by Potter is ...
06/06/2019

Did you know that the V&A holds the world's biggest collection on #BeatrixPotter?

This watercolour drawing by Potter is part of the Linder Bequest, a collection of 2150 watercolours, drawings, literary manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her family.

Like veggie sausages? What about fruit salami or insect pate? 🐜🍎🐛Designer Carolien Niebling considers our need ...
05/06/2019

Like veggie sausages? What about fruit salami or insect pate? 🐜🍎🐛

Designer Carolien Niebling considers our need to reduce meat consumption and diversify protein sources in her project Sausage of the Future. She teamed up with a butcher and a chef to create bangers for a more sustainable future!

Discover more in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, book now: http://bit.ly/2UEtbx5 #PlateUp #WorldEnvironmentDay

Think pink! From rubies to sapphires, the impurities in these gems at the point of their creation makes for the most bea...
05/06/2019

Think pink! From rubies to sapphires, the impurities in these gems at the point of their creation makes for the most beautiful colours. These precious rings are part of a collection of 154 stones bequeathed to the V&A by the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend, a cleric and poet.

See them in our Jewellery Gallery: http://bit.ly/2Mxn2jk

04/06/2019

#DidYouKnow Josiah Wedgwood & Sons have been trailblazers in ceramics for over 250 years? These plates showcase their long tradition of innovation with the After Landscape Collection by artist Robert Dawson - a 21st century reinterpretation of archetypal English china patterns.

Discover more about the importance of the Wedgewood collection here: http://bit.ly/2Xpg7K3

What to wear to a fancy dinner? This dress by Balmain was worn by Lady Diana Cooper, the wife of the former British amba...
03/06/2019

What to wear to a fancy dinner?

This dress by Balmain was worn by Lady Diana Cooper, the wife of the former British ambassador in Paris, for the Queen’s state visit in April 1957. Described as a 'tour de force' the exquisitely detailed dress highlighted Cooper's style.

02/06/2019

Busting a move...

These elegant figures by French sculptor Agathon Léonard, were inspired by a sensational dance performed by the American Loïe Fuller, a regular fixture at the Folies Bergère in Paris. The statutes capture the joyous spirit of the Art Nouveau movement.

Ford Madox Brown was known for painting moral  and historical subjects, as well as his distinctively graphic take on Pre...
01/06/2019

Ford Madox Brown was known for painting moral and historical subjects, as well as his distinctively graphic take on Pre-Raphaelite art. His style lent its self greatly to stained glass art as shown in this piece 'King René's Honeymoon'.

This hand-painted photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry measures nearly 70 metres long. It was made in 1873 by Cundall & Co,...
31/05/2019

This hand-painted photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry measures nearly 70 metres long. It was made in 1873 by Cundall & Co, and is one of the many precious V&A objects that have inspired Tim Walker's spectacular new photographs, on show from 21 September.

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things' tickets go on sale on 13 June.

#TimWalkerxVAM

Conceived in the aftermath of the 2016 Referendum, Brexit Ware reworks English blue and white china to reflect themes on...
31/05/2019

Conceived in the aftermath of the 2016 Referendum, Brexit Ware reworks English blue and white china to reflect themes on both sides of the contentious debate.

Creativity in the kitchen is spilling over onto the plates themselves! Discover innovative tableware in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, book now: http://bit.ly/2UEtbx5 #PlateUp #Brexit

30/05/2019

J’adore Dior? Well we have a special treat for you.

We have 100 tickets available for #DiorDesignerofDreams TOMORROW MORNING for early entry between 9am and 9.45. These will be available on a first come, first served basis from our Exhibition Road entrance. Tickets are for immediate entry and are limited to 1 per person. These will sold from the Exhibition Road entrance only.

Regular day tickets will still be available from 10am at the usual Cromwell Rd entrance.

A continent that started as a love story. According to myth, Europa became the first queen of Crete when Zeus, who was i...
29/05/2019

A continent that started as a love story. According to myth, Europa became the first queen of Crete when Zeus, who was infatuated with her, abducted her in the form of a bull. Not creepy at all... 🙄

By the 1930s, oranges 🍊 went from an expensive rarity to a common fruit in northern Europe.These thin tissue wrappers...
28/05/2019

By the 1930s, oranges 🍊 went from an expensive rarity to a common fruit in northern Europe.

These thin tissue wrappers were carefully designed to create an attractive, new way of presenting and selling food and protected it from mould!

Consider the complex journey your food takes in our new exhibition: http://bit.ly/2UEtbx5 #PlateUp #WrappedUp

Domenico Tiepolo’s piece is one of the last monumental Venetian baroque paintings before people decided they’d had e...
28/05/2019

Domenico Tiepolo’s piece is one of the last monumental Venetian baroque paintings before people decided they’d had enough of baroque, and art moved on.

Immerse yourself in the major art movements in the history of western art, with our new course European Art and Innovation: 1720 – 1920, starting in Sept: https://bit.ly/2YFWYDR

Yep, classic Art Nouveau. Our course European Art and Innovation: 1720 - 1920 covers this remarkable period of western a...
27/05/2019

Yep, classic Art Nouveau.

Our course European Art and Innovation: 1720 - 1920 covers this remarkable period of western art, plus everything that came in between Neoclassicism to Modernism. Enjoy gallery visits, object-handling + lectures from the experts: https://bit.ly/2YFWYDR
Poster design by Alphonse Mucha.

Yep, classic Art Nouveau. Our course European Art and Innovation: 1720 - 1920 covers this remarkable period of western a...
27/05/2019
V&A · European Art and Innovation: 1720 - 1920

Yep, classic Art Nouveau.

Our course European Art and Innovation: 1720 - 1920 covers this remarkable period of western art, plus everything that came in between Neoclassicism to Modernism. Enjoy gallery visits, object-handling and lectures from the experts: https://bit.ly/2YFWYDR

Poster design by Alphonse Mucha.

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Saw the Oscar-winning The Favourite? Loved the set design? Obsessed with the costumes?Join our new course The Later Stua...
26/05/2019

Saw the Oscar-winning The Favourite? Loved the set design? Obsessed with the costumes?

Join our new course The Later Stuarts: Court and Country and study the flamboyant fashions, interiors and houses from this turbulent period of English history: https://bit.ly/2VBEKl1

In 2016, Queen Elizabeth II remarked, “I have to be seen to be believed”. Learn how and why the clothing of British ...
25/05/2019

In 2016, Queen Elizabeth II remarked, “I have to be seen to be believed”. Learn how and why the clothing of British royalty has drastically changed over the past 1000 years, with our new course Royal Dress and Appearance: Medieval to Modern https://bit.ly/2QfrIIK

Contact sheet of Queen Elizabeth II, Cecil Beaton, 1968

An iconic ensemble.  In 1989, Diana, Princess of Wales, wore this white silk strapless dress and bolero encrusted with p...
25/05/2019

An iconic ensemble. In 1989, Diana, Princess of Wales, wore this white silk strapless dress and bolero encrusted with pearls and sequins. Designed by Catherine Walker and Fondly known as the Elvis Dress, Diana's clothes made headlines and launched copycat styles.

Today we celebrate what would have been Queen Victoria's 200th Birthday. This portrait of Queen Victoria in woven in bla...
24/05/2019

Today we celebrate what would have been Queen Victoria's 200th Birthday.

This portrait of Queen Victoria in woven in black and white silk is an engraving by F. Bacon, created after a painting by William Charles Ross.

For the ultimate intro to Victoria's lasting legacy, check out our new book: https://bit.ly/2VYhZN2

24/05/2019

How To:
Make your own Mary Quant inspired mini-dress with Alice & Co Patterns easy-to-sew dress pattern 👗 Fabric used in the tutorial generously donated by Ray Stitch
Download free pattern & watch full video tutorial here: http://bit.ly/2ZXDnRd
#WeWantQuant 🌼

Crown it 👑👑👑Grenadian born Photographer Raphael Albert was committed to celebrating the growing black populatio...
23/05/2019

Crown it 👑👑👑

Grenadian born Photographer Raphael Albert was committed to celebrating the growing black population in Britain. These photographs are from his 'Black is Beautiful' series where he documented the pageant scene in London.

Hup, two three four... 💂This is a playful portrait from 1961, taken by John Cowan. The model, Marie-France, is wearin...
23/05/2019

Hup, two three four...
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This is a playful portrait from 1961, taken by John Cowan. The model, Marie-France, is wearing a woollen coat dress by Mary Quant🌼
Mary Quant revolutionised women’s fashion. Her brand was synonymous with the vibrant, optimistic spirit of the 1960s; Quant popularised the mini skirt and became Britain’s best-known designer.
#WeWantQuant #SwingingSixties #MaryQuant
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Book Now: http://bit.ly/2U8sVlu

For Dior, there could be no better client than a Royal 👑 He designed this gown for Princess Margaret’s 21st birthda...
22/05/2019

For Dior, there could be no better client than a Royal 👑 He designed this gown for Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday and she was photographed in it by Cecil Beaton for the official birthday portrait.

BOOK SOON: Friday Forum: Dior in Detail - Designing Dreams will be a special event delving even deeper into the world of Dior: https://bit.ly/2JRYb6S

Whilst this painting 'Cleopatra at Philae' by Lawrence Alma-Tadema is unfinished, it is still breathtaking. The painting...
21/05/2019

Whilst this painting 'Cleopatra at Philae' by Lawrence Alma-Tadema is unfinished, it is still breathtaking. The painting would have shown Cleopatra and her Charmions in the Temple of Isis.

This majestic wallpaper designed by Walter Crane depicts the figure of Alcestis, a princess from Greek mythology standin...
20/05/2019

This majestic wallpaper designed by Walter Crane depicts the figure of Alcestis, a princess from Greek mythology standing alongside an atlas of the winged personification of Love.

Fancy a bag of crisps? Anya Hindmarch turns the idea of the designer label handbag upside down with her 'branded' bags u...
19/05/2019

Fancy a bag of crisps? Anya Hindmarch turns the idea of the designer label handbag upside down with her 'branded' bags using familiar brand names such as Daz, Maltesers, Dairy Milk and Walkers Crisps as the inspiration for her sequinned bags. Yummy.

If you had one of these at your dinner party in Renaissance Italy then you were most likely super rich and, showing off....
18/05/2019

If you had one of these at your dinner party in Renaissance Italy then you were most likely super rich and, showing off.

Join our new course High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1720, and gain a complete overview of the most dynamic period in European art history: https://bit.ly/2VnaXfT

18/05/2019

Open today! FOOD: Bigger than the Plate unwraps the way we grow and farm, trade, eat and dispose of food.
Explore some of the biggest issues we face globally - from climate change and sustainability to workers’ rights - which stem from our food choices #PlateUp

Book now: http://bit.ly/2UEtbx5

Sponsored by BaxterStorey with additional support from Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund of the London Community Foundation

The look you give someone when they ask if you can share your food....
17/05/2019

The look you give someone when they ask if you can share your food....

Mexico has over 60 different types of native corn, growing in a brilliant spectrum of colours. From these colourful disc...
17/05/2019

Mexico has over 60 different types of native corn, growing in a brilliant spectrum of colours. From these colourful discarded husks of corn Studio Fernando Laposse made new material Totomoxtle 🌽

See how the project harnesses the potential of waste for yourself at FOOD: Bigger than the Plate http://bit.ly/2UEtbx5 #PlateUp

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the V&A Illustration Awards 2019 with a display of the winning work and stude...
17/05/2019

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the V&A Illustration Awards 2019 with a display of the winning work and student shortlist, opening today – find out more and plan a visit: http://bit.ly/2J4YHhC

Congratulations to all! 👏🙌

Images (clockwise from top left):
Nora Krug - Heimat (Particular Books)
A. Richard Allen - 'My lawyer was so bad I did the work myself' (The Sunday Telegraph)
Yehrin Tong - Their Eyes Were Watching God (Virago)
Sophie Burrows - Crushing (Anglia Ruskin University)

16/05/2019

It's almost time to #PlateUp! 🍽️ We can’t wait for FOOD: Bigger than the Plate to open this weekend. The exhibition will take you on a multi-sensory journey across the food cycle

Opening 18 May, book tickets now: http://bit.ly/2UEtbx5
Members go free, no need to book

Concept & Art Direction by Rhea Thierstein
Photography by Aaron Tilley & Food Styling by Iain Graham

Did you know that Beatrix Potter was a self-taught illustrator?Growing up she copied from nature, books and drawing manu...
16/05/2019

Did you know that Beatrix Potter was a self-taught illustrator?Growing up she copied from nature, books and drawing manuals. She also studied the works of Constable, Gainsborough and Turner. This still life drawing of fruit was made when Potter was just 17.

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16/05/2019

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16/05/2019

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Dior ticket update! 🚨We have added additional early and late slots for weekends in June for #DiorDesignerofDreams!Ava...
15/05/2019

Dior ticket update! 🚨

We have added additional early and late slots for weekends in June for #DiorDesignerofDreams!

Available now – book here: http://bit.ly/2LrY5AN
Members go free, no need to book

14/05/2019

Want to know what the catch of the day is? Our latest exhibition of course! 🐟

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate opens this weekend. Taste, debate and explore over 70 projects and collaborations from artists, designers, chefs, farmers, and local communities to uncover food futures #PlateUp

Book now: http://bit.ly/2UEtbx5

Sponsored by BaxterStorey with additional support from Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund of The London Community Foundation

When life gives you lemons.... 🍋This fresh print by William Morris of lemons, oranges and pomegranates brings a zesty...
13/05/2019

When life gives you lemons.... 🍋

This fresh print by William Morris of lemons, oranges and pomegranates brings a zesty start to a Monday morning.

Learn more about Morris' magnificent works here: http://bit.ly/2DUgB38

One of the most misunderstood villains in mythical lore, the snake haired Medusa has been depicted by many artists. This...
12/05/2019

One of the most misunderstood villains in mythical lore, the snake haired Medusa has been depicted by many artists. This Bronze statuette is one of the few surviving models by Benvenuto Cellini, one of the most celebrated of Italian Renaissance sculptor-goldsmiths.

11/05/2019

The colour nude is often used in fashion to describe a light peachy-beige tone representing the colour of Caucasian skin.

In autumn 2013 the French fashion house Christian Louboutin launched The Nudes Collection, a range of shoes in five skin tones. This was the first time that a major fashion house had adjusted its definition of nude to include skin colours other than white.

William Etty was unusual amongst Victorian artists, he devoted his career to painting the nude. Unlike those who painted...
11/05/2019

William Etty was unusual amongst Victorian artists, he devoted his career to painting the nude. Unlike those who painted more acceptable nudes, he made no attempt to refine or perfect the female body. He was criticised in The Times for presenting his models 'in the most gross and literal manner' rather than aiming for the 'exquisite idealities' of Titian.

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Cromwell Road, South Kensington
London
SW7 2RL

Tube: Five minutes from South Kensington Tube Station. South Kensington is on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line, five minutes from Victoria, 10 minutes from the West End. The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge Tube Station and Harrods. Buses: C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2012.

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Monday 10:00 - 17:45
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:45
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:45
Thursday 10:00 - 17:45
Friday 10:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:45
Sunday 10:00 - 17:45

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