After a major refurbishment an re-installation, the V&A’s Fashion Gallery reopened earlier this year. Prior to the recent renovation, Room 40, originally purpose built to display fashion, had been virtually unchanged since 2004.
The new permanent exhibition of the museum’s fashion and textile collections presents a chronological display that surveys European fashion from the 18th through 21st centuries, highlighted significant developments and trends in fashion’s development over the past three centuries.
Notable elements of the V&A’s exhibition presentation include the exhibiting of secondary resources along with garments, such as fashion plates, photographs, swatchbooks, and dolls and doll clothes of the corresponding periods.
The exhibition design consists of abbreviated period environments, and cleverly include photographic enlargements of details of the garments on screens and panels that form the backdrop for the displays.
The long-awaited new Fashion Gallery illustrates the strength and splendour of the V&A’s collections, and serves as an informative and delightful overview of European fashion history for the dress history expert or novice alike.