The V&A confirmed Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May has named four new trustees. Anderson, Dr. Genevieve Davies and Marc St. John have all been appointed for four years from February 2019. David Bomford has been named for four years from April.
Anderson is a Northern Ireland native and a graduate of the London College of Fashion. In 2008, the designer launched his men’s wear collection under the JW Anderson label. He expanded into women’s wear in 2010, and was named the creative director of Loewe in 2013.
“I am inspired by art and artists every day, and thus I am honored and humbled to join the board of such an impressive and important British institution,” the designer said.
He has collaborated on collections and products for brands including Converse, Coca-Cola, Topshop and Uniqlo, among others. In 2016 he founded the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, the first international award for contemporary craft, and in 2017 he curated “Disobedient Bodies,” an exhibition of art, drawings and sculpture at The Hepworth Wakefield in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
V&A trustees are not remunerated, and the museum said the appointments were made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.
The V&A specializes in art, design and performance, with collections spanning 5,000 years. It was established in 1852 to make works of art available to all, and to inspire British designers and manufacturers.
The museum is set to unveil a major Mary Quant retrospective that will run from April 6 until Feb. 16, 2020. The show is sponsored by King’s Road, an initiative supported by Cadogan and other property owners and stakeholders in Chelsea, aimed at revitalizing King’s Road and protecting its history as an epicenter of fashion, music and pop culture.
Last month, the V&A announced plans to extend its new blockbuster exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” to Sept. 1. The largest and most comprehensive British show on the House of Dior, it is a grand sweep of sparkle, rippling wool, sculpted jackets and floral prints and motifs. It throws light on the designer’s fascination with Britain, his “lines” and defining looks, his international outlook and inspirations from history.