V&A: Hats!

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
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Trip End May 21, 2009


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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This week, I made a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum.  It's a bit hard to describe what the Victoria and Albert Museum is as it's a "museum of applied arts."  Which means, it's a collection of stuff.  Silver, jewelry, casts of famous art, Japanese interior decoration, Buddhist art, stained glass taken out of gothic cathedrals, clothes, stuff.

It's a fun place to roam around in as you'll never know what you'll find.

I also paid to go to one of the special exhibitions called Hats.  In case you didn't guess, it was an exhibition of hats!  The exhibition was arranged by Stephen Jones who is a modern day millener (aka guy who makes hats by hand).  It included a lot of his work and other hats that had inspired him.  Hats were arranged according to theme or material.  There was a nature case (with strange animal hats), a transportation case (with a London Underground hat) next to a plastic case or a feather case.  Hats ranged all the way back to medieval peasant ware to 18th century bonnets to famous hats used in classic films like My Fair Lady.  It was a reallllly good exhibition but I couldn't take pictures.  Check out the exhibition website.
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