V&A South Kensington 2022-2023 Exhibition Programme

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
12 February 2022 – 8 January 2023

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Realised through a major partnership between the V&A and the National Trust, the exhibition will celebrate the life and work of one of the best loved children’s authors of the 20th century. Using playful staging and immersive design, it will showcase original watercolours, drawings and manuscripts as well as personal artefacts including letters, photographs, furniture and decorative art. It will take visitors of all ages on a journey to discover Potter’s extraordinary and multifaceted life as a natural scientist, farmer and conservationist in the Lake District, bringing to light the places, people and animals that inspired some of Potter’s most beloved characters, from Jemima Puddle-duck to Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit and inviting visitors to celebrate her legacy and impact in both literature and the natural sciences.  

Supported by Kathryn Uhde

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear
19 March – 6 November 2022

In partnership with Gucci

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Fashioning Masculinities will be the first major V&A exhibition to celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance. From the extravagance of the European courts, to the subtle elegance of bespoke tailoring, to the vitality of today’s international fashion scene, the exhibition will trace how menswear has been fashioned and refashioned over the centuries. Fashioning Masculinities will bring together contemporary looks by legendary designers and rising stars alongside historical treasures from the V&A’s collections and landmark loans: classical sculptures, Renaissance paintings, iconic photographs, and powerful film and performance. At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men’s fashion and reflection on gender, Fashioning Masculinities willexplore how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.

With support from American Express ®

Africa Fashion

2 July 2022 – 16 April 2023

Supported by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg
Africa Fashion will celebrate the irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashion creatives. Over 250 objects spanning iconic mid-twentieth century designers to the present day, complemented by photographs and textiles from the V&A’s collections, will explore the vitality and innovation of a fashion scene as dynamic and varied as the continent itself. The V&A will explore how music and the visual arts also formed a key part of Africa’s cultural renaissance, laying the foundation for today’s fashion revolution. New acquisitions highlighting African fashion trends of the day, paired with personal testimonies, will go on show for the first time. Alongside, Africa Fashion will highlight the new generation of ground-breaking designers, collectives, stylists and fashion photographers working across the continent today, transforming global fashions as we know them.

With additional support from Merchants on Long

Hallyu! The Korean Wave
24 September 2022 – 25 June 2023

Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea
Hallyu! The Korean Wave is the first exhibition of its kind to showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea. Rising to prominence in the late 1990s, the first tides of hallyu, meaning ‘Korean Wave’, rippled across Asia before becoming a worldwide phenomenon that challenges the currents of global pop culture today. The exhibition will explore the makings of the Korean Wave and its impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.