Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991).

Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948.

Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.

Fashioning Professionals: Reflections on a Symposium

  .   Photo: Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991), Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948, Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.  What does it mean to be seen and represented as a ‘creative professional’? This was the question we set out to address on Friday 27th March at a symposium hosted by the V&A Research Department […]

Keep reading
07_W2_IMG_2583b

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.37

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.37 Queensway today. In the age of litigation and fierce brand protection a bold move by this shoe shop.   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

Keep reading
08_NW1_NW1IMG_1400b.jpg

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.36

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.36 Carrying on with the Sunday theme. Celestial dry cleaning in Camden. ©Barnaby Barford 2014  

Keep reading
07_SE16_2014-11-05 102521b

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.35

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.35 The reason I went to Rotherhithe! Keeping ‪demin on denim alive ©Barnaby Barford 2014

Keep reading
07_SE14_2014-11-05 115819b

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.34

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.34 Peckham crew, this is for you. Great name, great font, I think this’ll be much sought after…   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

Keep reading
The tapestries woven at the Gobelins were the finest of any produced in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. This example, produced before Boucher was appointed head of the Manufactory, clearly demonstrates the quality and skill of Gobelin workers. V&A T.54-1955

New Season of V&A/IHR Early Modern Material Cultures Seminars

Want to know more about 18th-century shipwrecks? Or the magnificent gifts exchanged between Siam and Louis XIV? Are you intrigued by the sound of Doctor Dildo’s ‘Dauncing Schoole’? (Is it possible not to be intrigued by the sound of Doctor Dildo’s ‘Dauncing Schoole’?) These questions and many, many more will be answered by the V&A/IHR […]

Keep reading
delhi 2 011

Guest Post: ‘Same but different’: Lehnga for every woman!

  In a previous blog we visited a designer wedding show to take a glimpse at the luxury end of the wedding market. This week we have a very different perspective from our guest blogger Sucharita Beniwal. It has to be done today, the whole family including mother, father, aunts, sister with her children, and […]

Keep reading
DSC_3793

Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects. Part 2

The secret parcel and other discoveries from the Weston Cast Court. In my previous post I described some of the surprising items we found in the museum’s Medieval & Renaissance and British Sculpture galleries. The things that we found were type of messages from the past left by the people who worked in the museum […]

Keep reading
Lute

The Early Music Movement and the V&A

In Britain the adoption of period instruments and historically informed practices (HIP) for the performance of ‘early music’ (generally understood to encompass music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods) dates to the 1970s, with some ensembles, such as the Deller Consort, blazing a trail earlier still. Looking through the concert files in the V&A […]

Keep reading
05_2014-11-18 11.45.45b

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.33

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.33 ‘Who’ would have thought it – a Dr.Who shop in West Ham! Love niche shops.   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

Keep reading
View archive