London: Day 2

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Since I can remember, I have wanted to visit the V&A www.vam.ac.uk/, with its world-renowned textile collection. It was down the street from our hotel so we took a leisurely, albeit, rainy stroll down Cromwell Road to get there. I was beyong excited. We walked in to see a Dale Chihuly chandelier (MAGNIFICENT) in the entry hall with the surrounding pillars covered in textile replicas from the V&A collection (I was drooling already).

Blown-glass Chandelier by Dale Chihuly
The unreal chandelier and wrapped pillars

We strolled through the various art of world cultures, including Islam, Japan, Korea, and also visited the medieval areas. We caught a gorgeous exhibit on Ball Gowns as well.

Sneaked this one photo before the guard almost jumped me

LOVE these party gloves

A Paul Poiret evening gown and textile behind the mannequin

Kimonos
GORGEOUS pile rug caftan
Really sweet silk embroidered caftan worn by a child
I want this crinoline AND the shoes underneath
Love this Japan-English fashion fusion


A lovely passage between buildings featuring medieval architecture and relics

Tudor-syle staircase

Heads have rolled

A treasure trove of antiquities (replicas) stuffed in one room



Mar and me trying on hats int he V&A gift shop. Ew, no phewtos allowed.
We bought really unique things from there....





Comments

  1. charlotte--i have been checking in on your wonderful adventure! i am so happy for you--and thank you for this peek at the V&A. i have been to london...but never managed to get to this museum...next trip, for sure!

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  2. Hi Susan! Glad you are enjoying the posts. Ah, the V&A is to die for. You will love it!

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  3. As an older art collector since my wife passed away, I must admit to being very partial to collecting nudes in art, as original paintings or as good prints, that I have displayed all over the house. (I like to see the surprised faces of my new visitors).
    This one,
    http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LHTDD, by Emile Munier, is hanging in one corner of my bedroom and was printed by wahooart.com, where I am a very good customer.

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