If you fancy being able to get into every exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, for free, alongside a range of other benefits, you may want to consider becoming a museum member. Membership packs and membership cards now sport a new design, which Sam Cotton and Agi Mdumulla made, taking inspiration from one of the textiles the V&A owns.
The pair, who are well known menswear designers, found inspiration for the piece at the V&A Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion. It comes after they received the British Fashion Awards Emerging Talent in Menswear award last year and the GQ magazine Breakthrough Fashion Designers Award this year.
The V&A Membership Pack gets revamped on a two-yearly basis. Cotton and Mdumulla’s effort replaces a design from Rob Ryan. Membership can be purchased from the museum’s website, starting at £57, or less for those aged below 26.
“We visited the V&A’s Cloth workers’ Centre, home to the Museum’s Fashion and Textiles Archive, and viewed up close fabrics influenced and produced by multicultural techniques. After much debate we focused on one piece, a stripped-back cotton textile with wool embroidered pattern detailing,” says Sam Cotton. This was the 1947 Indian piece Lhota Naga man’s cloth, involving red bands and blue stripes.
“Taking this textile as a reference point, we wanted to represent it in a modern, chaotic juxtaposition,” Cotton adds. If you’re going to be visiting London to make the most of museum membership, or for any other reason, you’ll want to know you have top quality accommodation to rely on.