Design Museum acquires major fashion collection

The Design Museum has made its first significant fashion acquisition thanks to a generous donation by Jill Ritblat through the Art Fund.

Jill Ritblat at the Design Museum Photographer: Max Colson

Jill Ritblat at the Design Museum


Photographer: Max Colson

Items spanning the 1970s to the 1990s, including pieces by Chanel, Belville Sassoon and Vivienne Westwood, have been presented to the museum. A trustee of the Design Museum, Lady Ritblat donated over 400 pieces from her own collection, which will be an important resource for study. Ritblat had previously given over 1000 pieces to the V&A.

Items from the collection are on display at the museum's latest exhibition, Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things, and will be featured in the inaugural exhibition at the new Design Museum in Kensington when it opens in 2015.

Key pieces include a 1986 ball gown by Victor Eldelstein, whose clients included Princess Diana and Anna Wintour, and a '90s Couture Givenchy trouser suit designed by Alexander McQueen.

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Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington Greater London W8 6AG 020 7940 8783

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