The V&A is launching a seven-day digital celebration of Glastonbury to mark what would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary.
The museum, which is home to the Glastonbury archive, today launches a new collection on its website dedicated to the annual festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. This weekend (26-28 June) would have been the 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival.
The online exhibition will look at the festival’s inception, history, fashion, and stage design. It will include past posters, programmes, designs, interviews, film, photographs, backstage passes and other memorabilia.
The V&A continues to work with Glastonbury Festival to collect and archive material from each Festival.
The ‘festival fashion’ industry has only really existed since the mid-2000s, following several appearances at Glastonbury Festival by the model Kate Moss.
The height of her influence was in 2005, when she was photographed with her then boyfriend (and frontman of The Libertines) Pete Doherty. Her now-iconic look – tousled hair, gold dress, leather jacket, Hunter wellington boots and the ultimate accessory, an indie band boyfriend – suddenly decreed that festivals could be places for style and glamour, rather than just mud and mayhem.