THE Design Museum has received a donation of over 400 fashion items by one of the museum's trustees, Jill Ritblat. The collection - which is the museum's first ever fashion acquisition - features pieces by Chanel, Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood.
A selection of the pieces have gone on show today as part of the museum's new permanent collection exhibition, Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things. More items will go on display when the museum moves from Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, opening in 2015.
The pieces donated through the Art Fund and were all part of the personal wardrobe of Lady Ritblat, a barrister and philanthropist. She previously gifted fashion items to the Victoria and Albert Museum, some of which were displayed in the exhibition One Woman's Wardrobe from 1998 to 1999.