Back in the day, trends changed not on account of celebrities but because of religion and politics. This collection uncovers the importance of accessories; a simple badge pin can say so much.
Case in point: The Swan Jewel, which dates to 1400, is a beautiful badge that would have been worn as statement and practicality; intricate in its own right, it tied clothing at the rear. The chained swan was a device associated with a number of Lancastrians who married daughters of the Bohun family, which traced its lineage back the the Swan Knight. This exhibition presents a fascinating cross-section of fashion, history and politics. Other highlights include a horse dressing made for Edward III and one of the V&A's greatest treasures: the Syon Cope, which depicts the Virgin's Death, Funeral, Assumption and Coronation in gilded detail.
It's a rare
opportunity to eyeball treasures that both span millennia and continents, providing an unforgettable history lesson.
|What||Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, V&A|
|Where||V&A, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
01 Oct 16 – 05 Feb 17, 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
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