Dec 21, 2017
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Christopher Raeburn designs new V&A staff uniforms

Dec 21, 2017

British fashion designer Christopher Raeburn has been enlisted by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to create new staff uniforms.

Photo: Courtesy of V&A

This is the first time in over a decade that the V&A launches new uniforms, which will be worn by staff in South Kensington and at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, including gallery assistants, retail staff and volunteers.

The museum’s collection informed the style and colour palette of the uniforms. Designed to be mixed, matched and layered, the uniforms consist of items such as t-shirts, polos, crews, bomber jackets, packaway lightweight jackets, rainproof parkas, trousers and skirts. Printed tote bags, lanyards and ties add finishing touches to the look.

All pieces feature classic Christopher Raeburn touches, including parachute details and a layering system, and work across a range of temperatures. The colour palette of oranges and blues takes cue from Raphael’s The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, on display in the V&A.

Christopher Raeburn said: “Exploring the Victoria and Albert Museum was one of my earliest childhood memories, I went on to study Fashion Design a stone’s throw away at the Royal College of Art and would spend hours delving into the archive at the V&A so having this opportunity to develop responsibly designed uniforms for an institution so close to my heart has been an incredible honour.”

Tristram Hunt, V&A Director added: “We are delighted to have worked with Christopher Raeburn on these brilliant, colourful, adaptable new uniforms. They are an exciting development for our team and a reflection of the V&A’s contemporary style, as we look forward to another ambitious year of activity in South Kensington and around the country.”

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