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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Visit the display inspired by V&A's children's book

1st March 2013

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum is set to play host to a new exhibition detailing the work that inspired its first ever book of fiction published for children - Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day.

It was written by Professor Amy de la Haye who is the Roostein Hopkins chair of dress history and curatorship at London College of Fashion. She was also formerly the curator at the V&A.

The story is set in the V&A and it uses some of the more well known works from the collection such as Tipu's Tiger in order to help tell the story. The whole narrative is inspired by the surrealist work of Eileen Agar from 1937 - Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse.

Playing on the subtle boundary between reality and fantasy, the authors have shown how museum exhibits can tell their different stories in addition to what is known about their historical context.

The reader is taken away by the active imagination of the child Clara Button who manages to transform the museum into a fantasy world.

It will be in situ for plenty of time, opening up on March 14th and staying in the museum until January 19th, so people can easily plan the perfect weekend staying in luxury hotels in London that takes in all the sights that the city has to offer as well as special trip to the V&A.

Admission is completely free, meaning that visitors will only have to spend money on their Tube tickets to the V&A from their hotel rooms.

With the museum situated very close to both South Kensington and Gloucester Road Tube stops, people shouldn't find it too difficult getting there from their accommodation.


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