Design Culture Salon 12, V&A Museum

Fashion cycles and design culture

Anyone standing outside the disciplines of fashion and design research might be surprised to discover that conversations between the two are not as fluid or productive as they might be. Within the art school, for instance, the two are taught as quite distinct disciplines with their own traditions, cultures and identities. Recognising these boundaries and […]

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Modern markets for traditional techniques

Indian textiles have long held great appeal to European consumers; so much so that in the 17th Century the Indian textile industry were seen as a direct threat to British textile manufacture.  This resulted in the ban of textile imports from India and in turn gave rise to a lively trade in smuggled chintz.  Since […]

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Design the World – big ambitions for Sunday afternoons

Working every day in a storehouse of treasures never tires and neither does thinking of ways to use them in our workshops. Design the World is a project with an ambitious title but it also hints at the potential of the Museum’s collections and connects objects inside the building with the world outside the building. […]

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The Curious Collage: an 18th century dolls’ house

One of the most exciting parts of redisplaying the dolls’ house gallery has been reviving the so-called ‘18th century room setting’. This intriguing group of furniture, cutlery and kitchenware, wooden panels and dolls has been around since 1877, when it was bought for £20 from a Staffordshire woman called Mrs Thornhill. There are many treasures […]

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More from the modern-day Museum Photographers

By guest blogger Kate Elliott During the current Creative Photography Course at the V&A, designed and led by Kate Elliott, a group of students are working as Museum Photographers, to create a modern-day ‘portrait’ of the V&A. Through class discussions, practical tasks and exhibition visits, the group are exploring a combination of architectural, portrait, documentary […]

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Falbalas and Fanfreluches Part 2: Love Story

This is another instalment of George Barbier’s illustrations from his luxury collector’s magazine Falbalas et Fanfreluches. One of his favourite themes was the interplay between people, with a strong romantic undercurrent. So here are some of Barbier’s prints telling romantic stories – of several varieties!   Love in the autumn…   “The stolen kiss” over […]

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The Nuremberg House

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER Halina Pasierbska At the top of my shortlist of favourite dolls’ houses in the wonderful collection at the V&A Museum of Childhood is the Nuremberg House with its date, 1673, helpfully inscribed on one of the chimneys. This house with its rare metal star is a small example one of a number […]

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Jane Pavitt, Dean of School of Humanities (RCA), & Christopher Frayling, former RCA Rector, Senior Common Room, RCA. Photo by Roxanne Ravenhill

In Dialogue: Gillian Naylor (1931- 2014)

by Victoria de Lorenzo & Roxanne Ravenhill ‘If Sir Nikolaus Pevsner is the father of design history, then Gillian Naylor is its favourite aunt’ These were the words pronounced when Gillian Naylor (1931- 2014) received her Royal College of Art (RCA) higher doctorate in 1987 and they were still some of the most repeated words […]

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Pink bag

Today I went to the studio of one of London’s up and coming shoe designer to pick up a new acquisition that will feature in the exhibition: “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain”.   The exhibition will only open in June 2015. We are 6 months away; however, we are already very busy acquiring new objects for the […]

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Clay Hand Tracing

I like the idea of buildings as handcrafted objects, hands are the most sophisticated and versatile of all the tools involved in the construction process, they perform the small gestures, that accumulate over time to reveal the completed building. These gestures range from hand signals that guide vehicles and objects through the site, to the […]

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