Arts + Culture: London V+A Balenciaga Fashion Exhibit


An afternoon at the V&A Museum in London

Enjoy millions of art and design pieces, take a rest in the floral garden, and sip an afternoon tea in the restaurant.

The Victoria and Albert Musuem is a must see while in London. It is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. [Wikipedia]

TRAVEL TIP: Admission to the V&A is free. Some exhibitions/ events carry a separate charge and require entry times per ticket.  Exhibitions are free for Members

I was especially keen to see the temporary Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibit since I’ve worked in fashion photography industry for years. The permanent historic fashion collection at the V+A is worth the visit alone but the added collection was a stunning celebration of design. I was also pleasantly surprised to see some larger than life images by fashion photographers, Hiro and Irving Penn.

This exhibit ran from 27 May 2017 to 18 February 2018 so unfortunately it’s over but check the V&A website for upcoming events. I find that I enjoy museums more when I can catch a limited collection that I will likely never see again.

You could easily spend 2-3 hours here. Make sure to take a break in the garden if the weather is nice or stop for tea in the cafe.





  • See What’s On at the V&A Before Arrival

  • Relax in the Garden - Limited Chairs.

  • YOu might need tickets for Some Events/Exhibits that are not part of the permanent collection.

Known as 'The Master' of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga was one of the most innovative and influential fashion designers of the last century. His exquisite craftsmanship and pioneering use of fabrics revolutionised the female silhouette, setting the tone for modern fashion. [Source]

Below are images from both the historic fashion collection and the Balenciaga Exhibit.


Lauren Athalia

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