Victoria Albert Museum What's On

Welcome to the Victoria Albert Museum what's on page. Here you will be kept up to date with the museum's new exhibitions, events, talks and workshops which are held throughout the year.

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Current Exhibition

16 April 2016 – 12 March 2017
Sponsored by Agent Provocateur and Revlon

Book tickets to our major fashion exhibition of the year and discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day. Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear features over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury.

Paul Strand Exhibition

One of the 20th Century’s greatest photographers, Strand’s images have defined how photography is understood today. Discover over 200 objects spanning his entire career, including his trials in abstraction, candid street portraits and vintage prints from the V&A collection. 

BOTTICELLI REIMAGINED - 5 March – 3 July 2016

This major exhibition explores the variety of ways artists and designers from the time of the Pre-Raphaelites to the present have responded to the artistic legacy of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510).

Past Exhibitions At Victoria Albert Museum


13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016

This exhibition highlights the obsession shoes can inspire and brings together exceptional footwear from the latest innovations to a dazzling range of historic shoes, many displayed for the first time. The exhibition includes shoes from all over the world.


3 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

The first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of Indian handmade textiles from the 3rd to the 21st century. From stunning historic costume and highly prized textiles for international trade to cutting-edge fashion. Discover the astonishing skills and variety evident in India’s incomparably rich textile tradition and its new relevance in the modern world. 


26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015

The Porter Gallery - Admission Free

This is the first exhibition to explore the powerful role that objects play in grassroots movements for social change. The objects on display are not commercial design but are made by people with limited resources as effective responses to often complex situations. The exhibition focuses on the period from the late 1970s to now.

The objects are wide ranging and Include:

  • Chilean folk art textiles that document political violence
  • Graffiti - writing robot
  • Giant inflatable cobblestones
  • Suffragette tea service


21 September 2013 -
19 January 2014

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Club to CatWalk

10th July 2013 -
February 2014

1980's fashion 

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Hollywood Costume

20 October 2012 - 27 January 2013

If the glamour of the silver screen really excites, you then this exhibition at Victoria Albert museum will really get you going. With over a 100 costumes from some of the most iconic films ever made


Sat 19 May 2012 - Sun 6 January 2013

The exhibition includes: British Glamour dresses Since 1950, A selection of royal ballgowns, including Princess Diana's 'Elvis Dress'.

Balldresses at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Heatherwick Studio

Thu 31 May 2012 - Sun 30 September 2012

Exploring the work of one of the most inventive design studios practicing today.

The Heatherwick Studio has a pretigeous international profile through their projects which have included architecture, furniture, sculpture and urban planning.

Heatherwick Studio at the Victoria and Albert Museum

British Design 1948-2012:
Innovation in the Modern Age

31 March - 12 August 2012

Celebrating the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘Austerity Games' to this years olympics in London, the exhibition will show important times in the history of British design.

British design Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum London

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