As silly as it may seem, the V&A allowed me a couple minutes to sit still, blow my nose, and find my bearings anonymously among the throngs of other map-studying types. Amazingly wonderful exhibits aside, this particular museum will always be a special place for me. Sitting outside the V&A I realized that being alone in foreign parts isn't all that terrifying.
I could go on and on about the unforgettably lavish couture exhibit that just happened to be open or the unforgivably expensive History of Fashion measuring tape I purchased in the gift shop, but I won't. Simply put, the V&A is an amazing museum with eclectic collections covering the full spectrum of the Fine Arts from printmaking to theater. It goes without saying (and yet . . .) that my favorite rooms housed fashion and jewelry stretching back to the 17th Century. And, like most museums in London, you get to see it all for free.
In addition to an overwhelming barrage of exhibits at the museum itself, the V&A has an impressive and interactive on-line presence as well. One of the more intriguing additions on the website which recently caught my eye, is an open invitation to create a couture inspired design with the help of a downloadable sewing pattern for a 1950s Day Dress by Horrockses Fashion. I have, rather weakly, attempted to draw the dress (I do it all for you.) which just serves as a reminder that I should stick to fabric. In fact maybe I should get some fabric and try to make my own version of this springy vintage frock.
Click on the drawing to learn more about this dress and to see what it really looks like. Cheers!