Four other practices cut it for final stage of £450,000 redesign fray

Inside the V&A Fashion Gallery

Source: V&A

Inside the V&A Fashion Gallery

The Victoria & Albert Museum has shortlisted six practices to lead the redesign of the South Kensington institution’s fashion gallery.

As well as Farshid Moussavi and Alison Brooks, 6a architects, Ab Rogers Design, Roz Barr Architects and Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio have made it through to the final stage of the fray.

The project – which has an estimated value of £450,000 – includes redesigning the main gallery, providing an updated ground-floor temporary exhibition space, and delivering an “improved” retail area.

The V&A’s procurement notice seeking bids, which went live in March, described the project as “ambitious” and said the winning team would also be required to provide proposals for the restoration of heritage structures and interiors for the gallery.

The V&A has thousands of items in its fashion collection, which spans 500 years and includes rare 17th-century gowns as well as 20th-century dresses by Christian Dior and the bespoke suit-tailoring of Tommy Nutter.

According to the V&A’s procurement notice, the gallery redesign will be the subject of a three-year contract, due to commence in July this year.

Exhibition Road Quarter, V&A, London, AL_A

Exhibition Road Quarter, V&A, London, by Amanda Levete’s AL_A practice