What is the Clotheworkers’ Center?
Text: Maria Cecile Inglesi
The Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation is an impressive one-of-a-kind space that promises to all the lovers of fashion and history a big journey through time. The aim of the Center is to provide the best access to the legendary Victoria & Albert Museum’s collections in a very Zen atmosphere where anyone can see and study between a big variation of clothes and textiles form civilizations like ancient China to contemporary and futuristic 20th century haute couture pieces. The fashion journey doesn’t stop while the visitors can see among other exhibits over than 3.ooo pair of shoes or 2.ooo hats. The collection is one of the worlds largest and the most vide-ranging of its time covering a time span of more than 3,000 years across a geographic range that includes Europe, South East and East Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The Centre also includes new custom-built storage and modern conservation studios to ensure the long term care and preservation of the collection.
The Center is housed in Blythe House in Kensington Olympia in West London. All the V&A’s visitors enter Blythe House through the building’s original main entrance where a new reception area has been created. Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation is unquestionably a must-visit space and is open by appointment to visitors and groups who would like to study and research objects in the Textiles and Fashion Study Collections. The Center offers an opportunity to study and enjoy textiles and fashion at first hand, with support from staff, a quiet, light, spacious and comfortable study room where individuals and small groups of up to three people can study, a seminar room for larger groups of up to 18 people, a small study collection of historical textiles selected to show a range of techniques and books and on-site access to the collections database.
Sounds heaven for all of us fashion-lovers, no?
Info- Access: The Study Centre is open by appointment, from Tuesday to Friday between 10.00 and 13.00 and 14.00 and 16.30. There is no charge but it is essential to book.
Book an appointment by sending an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit the Museum’s web site.
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