We have seen numerous over-the-top exhibitions at the V&A, most recently Opera: Passion, Power and Politics and Ocean Liners:Speed & Style, many on fashion/clothing: Shoes, Wedding Dresses, Underwear, to name a few, and also You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970. The V&A goes all out, creating a multi-layered experience and blending wall displays, text descriptions, artifacts, video, and music in unique ways, truly amazing presentations. In Ocean Liners, for example, the one initially retrieved piece of the Titanic was shown floating in a huge "pool" of water (some kind of reflective substance) instead of just being tacked on a wall or pedestal. The Opera exhibition showcased 5 operas from different cities that wove composer, history, politics, and music into a compelling story. My husband still talks about the experience of the Revolution exhibition--he was in there for hours. Added bonus: a super gift shop!
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