The Indian Wedding Show

Last Sunday (25th January) the Fabric of India team went to the Aashni + Co Wedding Show, held at The Dorchester, London. It showcased the work of some of India’s leading designers including two already selected for our forthcoming exhibition. It was the first time that any of us had been to such an event […]

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Singing the blues – February Half-Term

This February Half-Term the families’ team have set the theme for all our activities as the Willow Pattern and blue and white ceramics to tie in with the new Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display on Level 6 in the Ceramics Gallery.  We just love the blue and white patterns in these pieces and […]

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Drug jar [detail], tin-glazed earthenware, Italy, 1593. Museum no. 5402-1859 © Victoria and Albert Museum

Object Pitch Day 4 – 1 October 2014

As we settled down for Object Pitch Day 4, we knew the score: it was going to be another hour packed with great objects and great ideas, making the choice of just one object for the project all the more difficult. It was over to Bill Sherman and his stopwatch… OP4/01 Reino Liefkes, senior curator […]

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Free Workshop – Digital Print for Fashion and Interior Design

Calling all young designers! If you are thinking of starting a career or heading into further study in creative arts, a new V&A programme will help you build a portfolio, meet professionals and gain new skills to start your journey. Join us this weekend, get creative and share your ideas with us.     The […]

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The Vivien Leigh Archive

In 2013 the V&A acquired the Vivien Leigh archive from her family and we are pleased to announce that the catalogue is now available online: Vivien Leigh Archive – Catalogue The archive covers many aspects of the life and career of Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) from young womanhood until her death. It includes letters and telegrams […]

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New display at the Korean Gallery

Contemporary Korean Ceramics: Tradition and Innovation

  In Korea, contemporary ceramic art practice can be roughly divided into three different approaches. First of all, there are artists who adhere to tradition, preserving the cultural heritage of the nation. Secondly there are those who pursue innovation, seeking artistic originality and individual expression. The third trend bridges these two by reinterpreting tradition with […]

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Beautifully Unphotogenic

“Well, that just looks awful…” You would think a beautiful textile would be easy to photograph beautifully. After all, the thing is gorgeous! Luminous! Glorious! How could it be possible for it not to look as spectacular as it is? You would be surprised. Rounding the bend of the new year, and looking down the […]

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A Tour of China’s Design Cities: Beijing

For the Shekou Project, Luisa E. Mengoni, Brendan Cormier, Sunny Cheung, and Rong Zhao travelled to five cities in two weeks, to research the current state of design in China – to see how design is produced, perceived, consumed, and discussed across the country. All of this, to figure out how the V&A, through its […]

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Stepladders, Spode and a Squeegee: Installation Part 1

The time has come to install the Blue and White display! Last week we said goodbye to the previous Gallery 146 show of Simon Carroll’s work, which has now been shipped off to the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales. This has left the gallery empty and ready for us to start creating a mesmerising world […]

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Model, China, 1790-1800. Museum no. 9346(IS) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Object Pitch Day 3 – 16 September 2014

By Object Pitch Day 3 we all knew the rules, and the competition was certainly hotting up. Nine members of V&A staff made their cases for an impressive array of objects, from Katy-Perry-brand false eyelashes to the ironwork cross that once crowned the screen at Salisbury Cathedral. With every pitch as good as the one […]

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