Today, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the Victoria and Albert Museum to celebrate their re-opening. Kate was greeted by V&A staff, including director Tristram Hunt, and his 6-year-old daughter, Lydia.
While at the engagement, Kate toured the Sackler Courtyard – the world’s first porcelain tiled public courtyard. The new entrance and courtyard was a huge part of this project, allowing more exhibit space and a new perspective on the museum itself. The V&A website reads:
This choice of material responds specifically to the fabric of the original building and its collections, which include numerous striking examples of 19th century decorative ceramics. The courtyard will act as a venue for installations and events and will be served by a glass-fronted café. In addition to providing a range of new public spaces inside and outside the Museum, the project will create a new relationship between the heart of the V&A and Exhibition Road.
The project also included a new exhibition space inside the museum, called the Sainsbury Gallery. The gallery is a massive 1,1,00-square-meter space, allowing for temporary exhibitions. Our contributor, Gemma, was on hand to see some of the displays ahead of the event and shared some stunning photos with us. Be sure to check out her blog for her full report!
Kate wore a new dress by Gucci, the Grosgrain-trimmed cotton-blend tweed mini dress. The dress is a refreshing twist on a classic style that perfectly suits the Duchess. The dress is still available on Net-A-Porter.
Today was another fun event showcasing the Duchess’ love and passion for art. We look forward to seeing Kate in a few days at Wimbledon!