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6a unwraps V&A fashion gallery overhaul

[First look] 6a architects has completed this £950,000 refurbishment of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s fashion gallery in Kensington, west London

The 1,580m² revamp of the museum’s Aston Webb-designed Octagon Court upgraded the space for exhibiting fashion artefacts.

Display cases were stripped back and repainted, while an original marble mosaic floor was exposed and three 9.5 metre-diameter light rings were installed to light the gallery and doomed roof.

A 1960s mezzanine was also reconfigured and its solid balustrade was demolished and replaced.

Project architect John Ross said: ‘One of the feelings the museum had about the gallery was that the incredible roof was really invisible.’

Light rings were installed to up light the dome and resolve the problem, explained Ross.

The new gallery opens this weekend with an exhibition looking at ball gowns and British glamour since 1950.

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