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Spring at the V&A

13 June 2014, by Nathalie Glaser

Nathalie Glaser, Head of Corporate Events at the V&A explains why the museum will make a stunning venue this spring.

We’ve enjoyed a fabulous autumn at the V&A with awards ceremonies, charity balls, corporate parties and glossy magazines taking centre stage in both the Raphael Gallery and The Dome. The stunning Bocci chandelier – which was installed at the museum for the London Design Festival – shone its colourful lights on guests as they entered the Main Hall and set a glamorous tone for the Christmas party season. And as always, it was a pleasure to have Jackson Gilmour here for so many of these events.

Now with a New Year upon us I’m particularly looking forward to two new exhibitions which are opening here at the V&A in the spring. The Glamour of Italian Fashion is sponsored by Bulgari and launches in April; it charts Italian fashion from the Second World War to the present day through people and organisations which have shaped this stylish nation’s reputation for quality and elegance. Then in May, Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. Both of these exhibitions promise to be an eye-catching backdrop any event.

Our Courtyard Garden comes into its own as the weather improves in the spring. This tranquil outside space which has been described as “one of London’s hidden treasures” is a wonderful place to sip pre-dinner drinks or nibble on delicate canapés. It is particularly magical at night when the tinkling fountains and 19th century terracotta backdrop are lit to perfection.

We’ll be showing off all our indoor and outdoor spaces at our third “Strictly SW7” showcase which we’re organising with our neighbours the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Jackson Gilmour is catering for us on the night so we’re looking forward to tasting some wonderful new creations!