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Author: Jennifer Schussler (Learning Assistant)
Our Exhibtion Road Drawing Resident Liam O'Connor has settled into his studio and is making trips to the Exhibition Road building site collecting interesting objects, inspiration and forming realationships with the construction workers. Liam has been making sketches of the site as well as experimenting with the materials that are left as waste by the construction work.From trips to site Liam...
Author: The T/Shirt Issue (Digital Design residents)
Hello and welcome to our first blog post! We're about to embark on a journey to the centre of the V&A and would very much like to share this special experience with you. Hosted by both the Museum and the Goethe Institut London, our Digital Design Residency will run from April until the end of September and will take place throughout all nooks and corners of the Museum.During the course of...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Today we take it for granted that our museums and galleries offer their young visitors diverse and engaging learning activities and programmes designed to fire their creativity and imaginations. At the V&A, we want families to come and explore, enjoy and be inspired by our wonderful collections and spaces.In the early twentieth century, however, museums could be daunting and unwelcoming...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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Meet Charlene, Visual Merchandiser, always bouncing with fun clever ideas for our shop’s window displays, but we think this one might just take the biscuit!How to prepare for the big day?!So many things, so little time, everything HAS to be perfect! Luckily we have Charlene & team who have it all covered. Let us take you through Charlene’s guide to creating the perfect party,...
This large sheet of paper, 1.5 m long, is called a pitch sheet. Pitch sheets – or carta prova as they are called in Italian – are a medium of communication between the textile designer and textile manufacturer. The sheet will show the full repeat of a textile design and capture all the colours that are used in a particular pattern.This piece was made in 1988 by the textile designers...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
The curation of an exhibition is a collaboration between many museum departments and professionals, each with their own set role and expertise. When the exhibition includes loans or contemporary pieces, that collaboration extends to include key lenders and designers, in order to incorporate them in the decision making process. As the installation progresses and nears completion for ‘Wedding...
Author: Jennifer Schussler (Learning Assistant)
On Saturday we held our first open studio for our ceramics artist in resident, Nao Mastunaga. Nao has been searching the collections and gathering inspiration to create works that look into otherworldly ideas surrounding mythical animals and their physical representations. He has been working on sketches on paper and in clay which whilst being standalone pieces also echo one another with the...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
The installation team for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 have now moved onto the mezzanine level of the gallery space, and one of the first objects to be installed is one that demonstrates how individuality became a key feature of outfits worn by modern brides from the 1960s onwards.Pictured above are Jewellery Designers Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins, who married on 12 August 1962 in Sunderland, Co...
Author: David Christian-Edwards (Volunteer)
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For sheer drama and eccentric plot, there is little to beat ‘The Martyrdom of St Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins,’ a Northern Renaissance painting which shows poor Ursula and her companions being slaughtered by a band of Huns. The picture can be found in room 50b, within the Medieval and Renaissance galleries.According to legend, Ursula was a beautiful and pious daughter, of a Christian...
In May 2011, Madrid’s protest camp became the first Western example in the wave of protest camps that would occupy central squares of cities all around the world. This settlement was named #Acampadasol [Suncamp] on Twitter, because of its occupation of the Puerta del Sol [Gate of the Sun], one of Madrid’s emblematic centres. The square, turned for a while into an intentional community...
Author: Ian Rakoff (Screenwriter, editor and comic book collector)
My childhood collection of comic books survived intact until I was poised to start studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. My big problem was; my mother disapproved of the comics. Mom wanted a law passed against grown boys reading comics. My father said that was enough, and mom kept quiet.L Mabusela never had a bad word to say about comic books. Confined to my sickbed I was...
Author: Lucia Savi (Assistant Curator)
The title of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 suggests a wide scope in terms of chronology as well as geographical location. The curator of the exhibition Sonnet Stanfill and I travelled frequently to Italy and beyond to conduct research in national museums, private archives, designer archives, theatre collections, textile factories, and many other interesting places. These trips were...

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