|Ever-lengthening queues to become a V&A Friend and have access to the exhibition|
But in subsequent visits the novelty had worn off and it was possible to see, to take in, more ... to revisit favourites, to look closer, to see things that had gone unnnoticed ... this head-dress for instance -
See lots more photos at fashion.telegraph.co.uk.
These "wearable" jackets were among my favourites -
whereas Plato's Atlantis, the final room and McQueen's final show, left me cold -
The "japanese" collection was full of interest - beautiful fabrics, inventive cutting, strange details (underskirt of shells; molded hessian bodice; sudden realisation of straightjacket; etc etc) -
The exhibition is an intense experience, in which you have no idea of the passage of time, or that it might be daylight, even sunlight, when you emerge.
Exit is via the gift shop, which segues into the bookshop, where I found a few books for future browsing, perhaps even immediate purchase -
|Several of the items on display were described as "cuirasses"|
|Classic books by Janet Arnold; fascinating|
|Wonderful bedtime reading, or even just looking at the pictures|