V & A

I love the Victoria and Albert Museum so much, I could spend days there. This is never possible, but even a hurried visit inspires. Dare I say you could almost limit it to the gift shop and walk away happy?

I almost didn’t make it past the fashion exhibit in the entrance:

It doesn’t get any better than this, a fine, fully-fashioned wool swimsuit

and a pair of platforms from the 1930s, perhaps worn with the swimsuit? The uppers are striped denim fabric, the wooden soles hinged for ease of walking.

Who can resist red shoes, especially wing tips?

18th century fabric slippers,

no doubt worn by a contemporary of this lady, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

This may seem ridiculous after the sublime beauty of hand made shoes, but I do admire this radical Commes des Garcons knitted ensemble for its 1980s daring.

also, this sketching fashion student in fabulous purple tights

No visit to London is complete without a walk across the Millennium Bridge in anticipation of a visit to the Tate Modern.

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