London: Day 2
The Victoria and Albert MuseumSince 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|
|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|
|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....