Unfortunately, I failed to account for it not opening until the 13th November.
So, what to see? The idea of going to their current paid exhibition Hollywood Costume on a busy Saturday afternoon made all of us wrinkle our noses, so we struck out in a random direction, up a flight of stairs and into pretty much the first gallery we found.
Wow. These are some of things I was engrossed in for the next three hours:
Woman’s Smock, England, 1575 – 1585, Linen embroidered in silk.
Pair of Mittens, England, ca. 1600, Crimson velvet and white satin, embroidered with silver and silver-gilt thread, coloured silks, beads and spangles.
Embroidered linen cloth, England, 1570 – 1600, linen, embroidered in silk with bobbin lace border. In the verses framing the central image, the artist has cleverly replaced some words with images, known as rebuses.
N.B. These objects were all on display in the British Galleries, Room 57 and adjoining galleries. Since the V&A rotates its display to protect objects from light damage, they will not be on display indefinitely. Also, the online collection entry for an object may state ‘in storage’ but actually be on display, and visa versa.
All images © Victoria and Albert Museum, London