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Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Part of the process of choosing mannequins for an exhibition is deciding what sort of heads to use, and this is never a straightforward task.For Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, a team of V&A staff, including the Costume Mounting Specialist, the Curator, and the Designer have been out an about looking at the heads they might want to use for the display.Just like the mannequins, the heads need to...
Author: Keith Hale (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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I've left it incredibly late yet again, but this Christmas I won't be charging like a lunatic up the aisles with a sweaty, panicked look on my face. I won't stand defeated in front of empty shelves where the vegetables used to be, trying to think of an appropriate alternative. And I won't be placing my items in the bagging area. That's because this year I've decided not to...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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Although it’s only two days now until it’s time to celebrate the birth of the Saviour by wrapping pork with pork, I have found that my Christmas spirit is not what it was three weeks ago. To avoid Christmas 2013 becoming a total humbug, and to deflect any notional suggestion that I might also be a humbug, I shall make one final effort to drag myself, mince pie by mince pie, toward...
Author: Victoria West (Archivist)
With Christmas fast approaching we thought we’d take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and also show off some festive finds from the V&A Archives!On a trip to Paris in the 1830s the confectioner Tom Smith conceived the idea of manufacturing bonbons with lucky mottoes. In 1847 he further developed this concept by placing the sweet and motto...
Life drawing in Sophia's studio
Author: Sophia George (Games Designer in Residence)
Earlier in December we held a free game-themed life drawing session with London Drawing in my open studio.Life Drawing was something that I was taught when studying my Games Art and Design degree at Norwich University of the Arts. Life drawing is very important to games artists - in particular character designers, as they need to be experts at anatomy, proportion and skeletal structures. We held...
The V&A Shop
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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We have teamed up with the designer Louise Wilkinson to decorate our Christmas display in the V&A Shop. Her creative approach is based on the belief in objects being timeless, beautiful and practical. Our Visual Manager Charlene was inspired by Wilkinson’s approach and began brainstorming for the Christmas display. Both Charlene and Louise love enchanting, story-telling illustrations...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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The V&A Shop is centered on inspiring excellence in design; we are constantly looking to excite the next new wave of designers. Surfing this vibe is Mark Blamire, aka Blam from Blanka/Print Process. We commissioned Blam to create an exclusive 2014 V&A wall planner. Blam chose to base the finished design around the V&A’s collection and a more general graphic interpretation of...
Author: Keith Lodwick (Curator - Theatre & Performance)
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Earlier this year, the V&A acquired the Vivien Leigh archive. This has enabled us to display some of the unique objects from this collection in the Museum's Theatre & Performance Galleries (103 - 106).Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967) is one of the most celebrated actors of the 20th century. Born in India and educated in Europe, Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Hooray, the first Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 mannequins have arrived in the building and we are gradually starting to unpack them.Here you can see members of the Conservation Team unloading bubble wrap-clad mannequins from the delivery van and transporting them to Textile Conservation for unwrapping and labelling.The mannequins and the mounts used for conservation mounting of museum objects must...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
The countdown has begun. The tree is up (come in to the Museum and see it, it’s incredible), the Christmas scones are available in the staff canteen and the Christmas cards are being handed around the office.The cards.The V&A holds the national designated collection of greeting cards. Part of this is a sterling collection of Christmas cards, a few of which I’m going to share with...
Author: Mairin Kerr (Programme Administrator)
Raspberry pie is one of my favourite desserts and Raspberry Pi is my new favourite tech device. Let me tell you a story about the amazing things people are doing with this kit, including those who took part in our Raspberry Pi workshop here at the V&A these past three weeks. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London The Digital Learning team, where I work, tries to bring digital making and...
Author: V&A Network
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As we prepare to bid farewell to Tomorrow and its fictional protagonist Norman Swann, our Gallery Assistants reflect on the experience of working within a highly unusual exhibition.Transforming the V&A’s galleries into the home of a failed architect, contemporary artists Elmgreen & Dragset have upturned museum conventions to tell a story through objects. In the exhibition, a mixture...

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