> Blythe House: Re-Live Fashion History
Gareth Pugh, 2011
If you are sincerely interested in not just the latest fashion trend, but also the roots of it all, we break some interesting news to you today! V&A's Clothworkers Centre for Textiles, Fashion Study and Conservation is now open for visitors. Blythe House, located in South Kensington, is the 'new centre for the study, enjoyment and care' of the V&A's outstanding textile and Fashion collections.
Cotton, embroidered shoes. China, 1850-1950
The building holds more than 104,000 objects. From small Egyptian textile pieces to tapestries, originally created for medieval European palaces, any design or fashion lover might want to spend a few hours there. At the spacious new public study room, you can take a look at the textiles up close and with staff or reference books at hand, to explain them and their origin further.
Storage area at the Clothworkers' Centre
The Victoria and Albert Museums Textile Conservation Department is one of the worldwide leaders in its field. The new conservation studios, which are part of the centre, will allow visitors to observe the actual work process while in progress, as conservation specialists handle historic items. A film about the centre is available on the V&A Channel.
Red carpet dress by Laurence Xu, China, 2011
(all photos © Victoria and Albert Museum)