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Click to enlargeMARY QUANT
Apr 6, 2019 - Feb 16, 2020
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Apr 25, 2019 - Jan 31, 2021
The UK’s most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the ultimate accessory. From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, the exhibition will explore the longstanding fascination with the bag. Featuring innovative designs from Mulberry to Karl Lagerfeld, statement handbags worn by Margaret Thatcher to Sarah Jessica Parker, the heritage of Hermès to the streetwear of Off-White, and an exclusive look inside the world of the factory and atelier; Bags: Inside Out provides an unprecedented look at this global obsession.

Sep 21, 2019 - Mar 22, 2020
An immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker.
Experience the extraordinary creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers through his pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations – including ten new series of photographs influenced by the V&A's collections.
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Oct 20, 2019 - Aug 31, 2020
Photography Centre, Room 101, The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery.
Inspired by the museum’s collections, Belin has made a new series exploring street photography and storefront window displays. Her fractured, dreamlike landscapes, made using digital manipulation and
superimposition, examine the visual vernacular of urban streets. Belin brings a fresh perspective to historical collections, exploring the line between artifice and reality. This display is the latest contemporary commission to feature in the Project Space of the V&A Photography Centre.

Nov 23, 2019 - Apr 19, 2020
As we approach another major turning point in automotive design, this exhibition looks at the role of the car in shaping the world we live in today.
Over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Jan 25 - May 3, 2020
Filthy Lucre is an immersive installation by contemporary American artist Darren Waterston, presenting a detailed reimagining of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room – the sumptuous 19th- century dining room once housed just a stone’s throw away from the V&A. Waterston has faithfully recreated each of the room’s individual elements with a twist, with the installation revealing a magnificent ruin crumbling under the weight of material decadence and the egos of those involved in
its creation. On display for the first time in UK, the installation is inspired by the tension between art and money, ego and patronage.

Jan 29, 2020 - Jun 21, 2021
This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world. Rare 17th and 18th century kimono will be displayed for the first time in the UK, together with fashions by major designers and iconic film and performance costumes. The kimono’s recent reinvention on the streets of Japan will also be explored through work by an exciting new wave of contemporary designers and stylists. Highlights of the exhibition include a kimono created by Living National Treasure Kunihiko Moriguchi, the dress designed for Björk by Alexander McQueen and worn on the album cover Homogenic, and original Star Wars costumes modelled on kimono by John Mollo and Trisha Biggar.

Jun 27, 2020 - Jan 10, 2021
The V&A’s landmark exhibition in 2020, 'Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser' will celebrate one of the most iconic, imaginative and inspiring stories of all time. Offering an immersive and mind-bending journey down the rabbit hole, this fantastical exhibition will explore Alice in Wonderland’s origins, adaptations and reinventions over 158 years, charting its evolution from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.
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