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Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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There are 30,000 cards - and counting - under the one roof of the Print Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where visitors can study examples ranging from 18th century Valentine’s to present day cards covering all occasions.The majority of the collection, mostly Christmas cards (approx 15,000), was acquired by the Museum from a collector named, George Buday, artist and author of, The...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
As every bibliophile knows, the main problem with books is how quickly they take up space. It starts off harmlessly enough, and then before you know it a casual second-hand buying habit quickly escalates into an in-house version of Matej Krén's book installation art, in which books start to become the buildings they inhabit. One 'essential' purchase leads to another, until suddenly...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
At the start of December I introduced you to one of my (many) ‘favourite’ objects that will be on display in the new galleries – a handkerchief with a design commemorating the first manned, hydrogen-filled, balloon flight, that ascended from the Tuileries Palace on 1st December 1783.The handkerchief design obviously encourages discussion and consideration of different themes:...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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Season’s greetings! I know you’re probably all busy sitting on the Christmas cake or whatever it is you have to do, though if I may steal a few of your rested festive moments, which I see you are spending in front of the internet, to encourage you to consider exactly what it is that makes Christmas so Christmassy. Christmas tree decoration, crushed velvet, Holywell Designs,...
Author: Samantha Safer (Head of Brand Communications for V&A Shop)
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The V&A Shop head office are trying to make the world better with a sweater for Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children. (Most) of our Shop team have participated and are feeling the festive and creative spirit.The range of Christmas Jumpers on show is commendable - from glitzy glam knitwear, to traditional British fair ilse patterns, comical slogan styles and fancy bauble designs....
Author: Joanna Weddell (Guest Blogger)
George Orwell might have Room 101 but the V&A has Box 101 – to be precise Circ Box 101. Circ is short for ‘Circulation’ – the department that sent travelling exhibitions around the UK between 1847 and 1977. To give an idea of scale, in 1956 Circulation loaned to 300 art schools who borrowed 1,200 framed and 6,000 unframed sets. The prints in Circ Box 101 toured to...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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Did you know that the V&A's Word and Image Department holds a large collection of greetings cards? Browsing through these on Search the Collections can certainly get you into the holiday spirit. You will, of course, spot holly, mistletoe, beautifully decorated trees, and more than a few presents. But perhaps at Christmas time, the usual festive tropes can get a bit samey. Never fear, if...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
It finally feels like the preparation for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 is properly underway, and the first object we have been working on is a Spitalfields silk gown worn in 1775 by Sarah Boddicot, when she married Samuel Tyssen at St Johns Church in Hackney on 28th September. Before showing the initial stages of mounting this particular dress, it seems pertinent to first explain a little bit about...
Written by Sarah Glenn, Textile ConservatorThis Ferragamo ‘Vara’ pump shoe (T.91-1988) is going on display next year in The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014.Ferragamo patent leather shoe © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonMade of patent leather in 1986, it has never been worn and has a perspex last (most likely the original and therefore part of the object) which was...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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The V&A Shop recently collaborated with X+Q Art, the brainchild of Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci on two exclusive scarves inspired by the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900 exhibition.X+Q Art was founded by leading contemporary Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci to create limited edition sculpture, fashion accessories and gift items based on their own renowned...
Author: V&A Network
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We are pleased to reveal that Dice Kayek has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize 3 for Istanbul Contrast, a collection of garments that evoke Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A and Fady Jameel, President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) presented Ece and Ayşe Ege with the prize at a ceremony at the V&A last night.[video...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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If there’s one thing that working at the V&A has taught me, it’s that established systems can prove to be robust and to have great constancy. Having conceded that fact, my pattern and formula for this week's festive post might in part seem a little familiar. woven silk toy, Marth Edlin ca. 1670, museum no. T.449-1990, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London How many swans...

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