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London Design Festival
The Cloakroom

19 Sep 2015 to 27 Sep 2015
Brompton Design District
Mon-Sun 10am-5.45pm
020 7942 2000
Free Event
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Visitors to the V&A during the London Design Festival were transformed into temporary custodians via Faye Toogood’s two-part installation, The Cloakroom.

The first part of the experience was a literal cloakroom, located in Room 55, where visitors were invited to check out one of 150 Toogood coats to wear around the Museum. Each coat was equipped with a sewn-in map that guided the visitor through the second part of the installation: ten places in the Museum galleries, where they discovered a series of sculptural garments created by Toogood in response to nearby objects from the Museum’s collection – from a 15th century timber-panelled room to a shining suit of armour.

The 150 navigational coats were based on the voluminous Oil Rigger coat, one of the first coats designed for the Toogood brand, which the designer runs with her pattern-cutter sister, Erica. The coats were made from Highfield by Kvadrat, a high-tech compressed-foam textile and each has been hand-treated to render it unique. The sculptural garments visitors discovered during their journey were constructed from non-traditional fashion materials, including wood, fibreglass and metal, bridging the worlds of furniture design and fashion with which Toogood is engaged.

“These are ten of my favourite objects within the V&A, and I’ve responded to each object’s material, craftsmanship, or artisan maker,” said Toogood. “I want to take people on a journey of discovery through the depths of the Museum.”

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Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival feature hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2016 will be held 17-25 September.

The centrepiece of the Festival are our commissions, the Landmark Projects created with the help of our generous supporters. For these Landmark Projects we commission some of the world's greatest architects and designers to create pieces of work in London's best-loved public spaces