[Rendering by Haworth Tompkins]
Designed by Haworth Tompkins to be more accessible for students, the general public, scholars and curators, the new facilities will be spacious enough to accommodate all in one place the V&A's vast study objects, bringing fashion and textile collections together, and encompassing both the museum's Asian and European holdings (by vast I mean over 100,000 pieces).
And speaking of access, in anticipation of the Clothworkers' Centre opening, Bazaar UK was given an unprecedented opportunity to shoot inside the V & A's rooms. A story by curator Oriole Cullen accompanies dreamy photographs by Cathleen Naundorf. Although the focus of Cullen's piece is fashion -- she explores twelve specific dresses from the archives -- there's also helpful background on the existing storage space with its charming old patterned terracotta-tiled floor. Cullen further explains why the move is happening and what will become of the original storerooms.
The V & A shop is part of the collaboration too. Currently for sale are copies of Bazaar's March 2013 issue featuring two limited edition covers from the museum shoot.
Curious about the soon-to-open center's name? Major funding was provided by The Clothworkers' Foundation.