Experience History reveals what's on display at the V&A next year.
South Kensington’s museum collective is London’s museum hot spot. We look ahead to some of the V&A’s exhibitions for 2014.
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
22 March – 13 July 2014
William Kent was the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain; his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age.
This exhibition will bring together over 200 objects including architectural drawings for such prominent buildings as the Treasury and Horse Guards at Whitehall, designs for landscape gardens, sculpture, furniture, silver as well as paintings and illustrated books.
It will celebrate Kent’s art over four decades (1709-48) when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed a new Italian-inspired style. The exhibition will show the breadth and ingenuity of the Kentian style, ranging from spectacular gilt furniture to vivid interiors such as Houghton Hall, Chiswick House and his landscape gardens at Rousham, Holkham Hall and elsewhere.
The exhibition has been organised by the Bard Graduate Center, New York, in association with the V&A.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014
5 April – 27 July 2014
The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 will be the first major exhibition to explore Italy’s rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present.
It will examine the craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories. On display will be around 100 ensembles, both menswear and womenswear, by the leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce and Gabbana,
Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace alongside the work of forgotten post-war designers such as the Fontana Sisters and Simonetta as well as garments by the emerging Italian fashion talent of today. The clothes will be brought to life with film and fashion photography of the period.
With support from Nespresso, with thanks to the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Wedding Dress 1775-2014
3 May 2014 – 15 March 2015
This exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries.
On display will be the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection and will include some important new acquisitions as well as loans including the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Steffani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.
The exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.