Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
I'm fascinated by the V&A's collection of Jain paintings. Examining them closely, understanding how they were created is fascinating. The manuscripts were originally collected by the V&A for their visual appeal, rather than as religious documents. However, they are also of significant religious and cultural value to the Jain community. Mehool Sanghrajka, current Director of...
Author: Cara Williams (Schools Programme Manager)
‘‘We had a really fun time on this trip and would love to do it again!’’ - Student, Highgate Wood School.The success story, both creatively and economically, of the UK gaming industry has only been fully recognised relatively recently, given how many years it has been creating some of the world’s most commercially successful games. With this success more at the...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
At long last the final preparations for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 have begun. The early part of last week saw us moving objects out of Textile Conservation and into the newly decorated gallery spaces, ready for installation.As well as moving the recently conserved and mounted objects, we have also been taking delivery of all the garments which have been held in storage since their international...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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Lesley has created exclusive fashion illustrations inspired by style and surface pattern. For The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition we have applied her bold and energetic illustrations to a capsule collection of products. Lesley explains how this collaboration began, her inspiration, and what would be her favourite outfit…Tell us a bit about your work…. Who first approached you...
Author: Jennifer Schussler (Learning Assistant)
After their introduction to the Museum our new Artists in Residence have started to release their creativity within their new studio spaces. Here are some photos to share how they've been getting on in their first week.We can't wait to see what they do with a bit more time!Follow what our artists are doing on the blog and make sure you come along to see their work in person during one of...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
Museums and the Web Baltimore was as thought-provoking and inspiring as ever. With the day-job specifics turned off, it is truly invigorating to open up the mind in the company of 600 or so museum professionals working at the coalface of digital in museums. Here are some key takeaways for me. Это теперь доступен на русском языке - This post is available in a Russian translation:mart-museum.ru/...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;Purple the sails, and so perfumed thatThe winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and madeThe water which they beat to follow faster,As amorous of their strokes.So Shakespeare imagined Cleopatra’s perfumed voyage up the river Cydnus.In...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
There are some days when I end up taken aback by how enjoyable a day I have had at work. The day we received the sari destined for display in Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 was one such day. The fashion collections at the V&A vast, and hold hundreds of garments from around the word. Until now however, I have only really worked with western attire, and one aspect of costume mounting I’ve...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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A bizarre, superficial, desirable, expensive, untouchable world stripped back.This is what I have come to understand is the prophecy SHOWstudio preaches; it offers an exploration of every facet of fashion. A quote by Nick Knight, visionary of the fashion world and Director of SHOWstudio, explains this mantra:‘SHOWstudio is based on the belief that showing the entire creative process—...
Author: Kati Price (Head of Digital Media)
As the old conference quip goes, it's often easier to meet up with your peers half way round the globe than in your hometown. Museums and the Web 2014 was no exception. This was my first outing at the conference and, as well as getting to meet some of my peers and counterparts from London's museums, I was also introduced to an equally brilliant bunch of colleagues from across the globe (...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Vibrations may have given the Beach Boys excitations but in a Museum vibrations can give curators and conservators serious concern.The movement of vibrations can put objects at risk of harm and potential damage. Vibrations can be created by a number of things, for example a busy road outside or foot falls on a springy floor. More conspicuous vibrations, such as those caused by heavy construction...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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What do silk and tourmaline stones, black onyx and metal crosses, bling gold plate, resin flowers and Swarovsky crystal have in common? They are all materials and motifs from an exclusive new fashion jewellery collection specially commissioned by the V&A and luxury fashion retailer NET-A-PORTER.COM for The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014. Dolce & Gabanna, Etro, Missoni, Moshino and...

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