Nottingham-based Focus Consultants has been instrumental in
helping to deliver the upcoming Wedding
Dresses 1775-2014
exhibition at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum
in London (V&A).
Focus was appointed project manager, cost consultant and CDM
co-ordinator for the temporary exhibition which will explore the changes in
wedding fashions over the past 200 years. The exhibition will open from May 3rd
2014 until March 15th 2015.
The contract marked the first commission for Focus since the
company won a place on a framework
agreement to help deliver temporary exhibitions at the V&A.
The commission has been handled by Focus London office in Holborn.
Focus has its head office base at Phoenix Business Park, Nottingham, and also
has offices in Leicester, Boston, and at Aubourn near Lincoln.
Senior consultant Eleanor Clarke said: “It was a high
profile appointment for Focus to be on the framework for temporary exhibition
work at the V&A – one which reflected our expertise in working with some of
the largest museums around the country. We are very proud that the exhibition
that marked our first commission is soon to be opened.”
Wedding Dresses
will feature more than 80 of the most romantic, glamorous and
extravagant wedding outfits from the V&A’s collection. It will also include
important new acquisitions as well as loans such as the embroidered silk coat
design by Anna Valentine and worn by The Duchess of Cornwall for the blessing
after her marriage to HRH The Prince of Wales (2005), the purple Vivienne
Westwood dress chosen by Dita Von Teese (2005) and the Dior outfits worn by
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day (2002).
Focus Consultants previously worked for the V&A on a
multi-million pound redevelopment of the Museum of Childhood
in Bethnal Green, which houses the V&A’s national collection of
childhood-related objects, including dolls’ houses, toys and games, furniture
and clothing. As well as overseeing the redevelopment, Focus also helped secure
funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF), which both made significant contributions to the successful
opening of the project in late 2006.
Focus Consultants specialises in creative approaches to
securing funding packages and delivering high quality projects across the UK. Since its
creation in 1994, Focus has helped
to secure more than £925m of grant assistance for a range of projects and
businesses across the UK
and delivered more than £1 billion of projects and programmes.
The firm works across a range of sectors including heritage,
museums, arts and culture, education and tourism.
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