dd1 is doing an extended project at school. She is interested in the history of fashion in the 20th century and I promised her I would take her to London to go to the V&A. We are going in a couple of weeks and I've just gone online and the unspeakable V&A appears to have shut it's fashion gallery. Huge WTF moment from me but I will not be defeated!
So where's good to go? I need 20th century for her to look at and sketch. I would like to do some touristy shopping stuff as well so don't want to be trekking to the back of beyond and it needs to be somewhere open on a Saturday.
i see the museum of london has a fashion section - any good?
There's the Fashion and Textile Museum but I think they just have changing exhibitions rather than a standing collection -- you could call them and ask, though (and, actually, if you do call them they could probably give you some other suggestions on where to go)
Not much help, but the V&A have a lot of their stuff online here, so once your DD has got some more ideas this may be a good place to get pictures, even if the museum is shut. Also, this looks like it might be quite a good resource for her.
The only other thought I had was going to some vintage shops and looking at the clothes there, but it would probably be a bit vague and take ages.
Do you know this shop? It's a coffeeshop and vintage shop (so you can sit and Mumsnet drink coffee while she looks at clothes) and they are very nice in there and I don't think they would mind her sketching clothes. The only thing is that it's not very big and also the clothes don't have sizes on other than some with old labels (an old 16 is about a modern 12) so it can be a bit frustrating to actually shop there. There are a couple more vintage clothes shops in York too, she's in the right place if shops are any use.
Radio Days is one of my faves. It's just near Waterloo Station, and the people who run it have always been friendly when I've gone in, so might be worth calling and asking if they have anything interesting?
It's a bit...different. It's hard to describe it as an exhibition, because it's more than that - I think the term they use is "interactive exhibition". It isn't period, but it is beautiful.
There are actors who go around in period costume so it's a bit like a play within a museum (but you can ignore them and potter around at your own pace). They go into rooms and do little scenes about the things in the rooms.
I went with my mum and my (then 23 year old) sister because she was having a tough time at work. She loved it because it was a bit escapist, I loved it because of the hats (the hats!) and the dresses and also because I love Kensington Palace, and my mum enjoyed the learning about the princesses parts, so definitely something for everyone!