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V&A Museum Friday Renaissance Masked Ball

BY Boon Koh
Published 29 January 2010

The Victoria & Albert Museum held a masked ball on the last Friday (29th) of January to commemorate the opening of their new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. The ball was hosted by the V&A Museum in partnership with the Last Tuesday Society, a group devoted to exploring and furthering the esoteric, literary and artistic aspects of life in London and beyond.

It was the first time I had gone to see the new Medieval & Renaissance gallery at the V&A, and the exhibition itself was spectacular; hats off to the museum curator and the team behind the gallery. The statues, woodwork, paintings, and artefacts all seemed to blend in so well together with one another, as well with the exhibition space itself. Sometimes, I could hardly tell where the marble display stand ended and the medieval marble facade started!

However, all the renaissance and medieval artefacts on display were overshadowed by some of the most spectacular costumes you have ever seen. There were long flowing dresses that could have been right from the 1600’s, to more “modern” Victorian style suits. It was more of a masked or masquerade ball than a renaissance ball, such was the variety of face masks everywhere and fancy hats!

The event was more than a ball, and featured Russell Taylor MBE as the DJ, and short performances from the Glyndebourne Opera Company and the Monteverdi Choir.

Anyways, you can read more about the V&A’s late Friday programmes at the end of every month here, or find out more about the Medieval & Renaissance gallery here.

Below is a photo gallery of this amazing ball that took place inside this South Kensington museum! My apologies for the blurry pictures, but as you can see its about time for me to upgrade to a new camera-phone.


  • Anonymous

    Well, camera phones always come in handy whenever there are important events and parties