Clothes and accessories, some never seen before, are on display until April 2024

Diva is the name of the exhibition which opens on the 24th of June (until the 7th of April 2024) at the Victoria&Albert Museum in London and which includes iconic outfits worn by Rihanna, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X and many other personalities from the worlds of cinema, theatre, and opera. It is the first exhibition that celebrates the creativity and extraordinary power of famous performers, who have shaped history from the 19th century to today, and their ability to transform their image and to shape popular style and culture through their looks. Sixty outfits and 250 objects (including footwear), as well as photos, drawings, posters, and music are placed in a theatrical setting of great impact divided into three “acts”. Among the rarest dresses, the one worn by Maria Callas in Norma of 1952, the fringed black dress of Marilyn Monroe in her role as Sugar “Kane” Kowalczyk in the film ‘Some Like It Hot’ of 1959, the costumes designed by fashion designer Bob Mackie, including looks worn by Tina Turner, Pink, and Cher, Shirley Bassey’s pink couture gown designed by Julien MacDonald, including rhinestone wellington boots, worn on stage at Glastonbury in 2007, “vulva pants” by Janelle Monae designed by Duran Lantink for the 2018 Pynk music video, and a Louis XIV-inspired look with a massive wig and train worn by Elton John for his 50th birthday and designed by Sandy Powell.