Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Opening times

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

Emily Crutcher

Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
The Pucci family – headquarters located in an elaborate palace in Florence – have kindly granted Harper’s Bazaar and the V&A access to their archive to use Emilio Pucci's original and rare hand-drawn print designs.HistoryThe Harper’s Bazaar, V&A exclusive, Pucci covers for the April issue are a brilliant celebration of the history of Italian fashion and textile...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
Back in April last year a swarm of bee’s, around 40,000 arrived from Northern Italy and Wales and made their home on the expansive roof of the V&A. During the glorious summer months a happy humm reverberated around SW7 as the bees busily buzzed around a three mile radius of the V&A, enjoying the abundance of local foraging grounds found within the numerous Royal Parks in their...
The V&A Shop
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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)
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: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
We are excited to share with you what busy bees we have been in the V&A Shop office. Eight members of the team rose to the challenge to make some crafty, DIY, upcycled items using our new collection of beautiful printed cotton fabrics inspired by the V&A’s collections.The fabrics are truly one of a kind and will add an original touch to your home. The range of patterns and colour...

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