Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

William Newton

Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator - Furniture, Textiles and Fashion)
For anyone who saw the Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones exhibition at the V&A a few years back, you will already have been invested with the ill-kept secret that the Museum has one of the finest collections of millinery in the world.As discussed in my previous post (since when I have been promoted to Assistant Curator and am thus now an even more fervid proselytiser of the V&A brand)...
Author: William Newton (Collections Management Assistant - The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion)
If an item of dress is deemed sturdy enough, it is hung. More than four-thousand objects from the V&A’s fashion collection are stored on a hanger, which is essential for the management of our storage space. As the poet Ben Jonson realised, more (person-shaped) objects can be stored vertically than can be laid out horizontally. The more fragile objects are stored spread out in drawers,...
Author: William Newton (Collections Management Assistant - The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion)
There are many kinds of spaces within the Museum. There are the galleries, in which the public roam and (presumably) find themselves inspired. There’s the garden, where children can soak themselves and their guardians’ lunches with lovely cool water. There’s the Grand Entrance where people meet and gawp at the Chihuly. The areas which don’t get much public exposure, though...

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