Matthäus Schwarz in his outfit for the Imperial Diet of 1530

The fashionable accountant – Reconstructing his best outfit

by Katy O’Neill and Francesca Butcher ‘Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.’ Alexander McQueen   A first impression of the garish red and yellow outfit depicted [above] would seem to contradict McQueen’s call for subtlety. Yet, as Professor Ulinka Rublack explained in a recent seminar in the V&A/RCA History of Design […]

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David's left eye

David revealed!

One of the most significant works of art in the Victoria and Albert Museum is the plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David (Repro.1856-161) by Clemente Papi (1803-1875). David has recently received an enormous amount of worldwide media attention around the removal of the protective shroud that he has worn while the Cast Courts have been renovated. […]

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Pencil drawing of Trajan in the Cast Court

Guest Post: Artist Natasha Lien on how the V&A Cast Courts inspire her work

I have always loved the V&A. It’s a vibrant, busy place which counteracts the stereotype of museums as stuffy, quiet and empty. I wanted to portray contemporary life by creating a narrative with the space itself and the diverse mixture of people that use it. The courts themselves are incredibly impressive to walk into and […]

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Work in progress at the building site

News from Luisa in Shenzhen

It has been only three weeks since my arrival in Shenzhen, but it already feels like ‘home’ and I am really thrilled about the idea of spending the coming few years in China working on the V&A Shekou project. It was also a wonderful coincidence – and hopefully an auspicious sign – to be able […]

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Building Workshop (October 20-21, 2014)Visit of the Conservation studios

Meet the Shekou Team!

We are now at full speed for the delivery phase! As the Shekou project director, I am very pleased to say that the core Shekou team is now in place steering up V&A expertise to deliver the project. Since the groundbreaking ceremony, Brendan Cormier joined the V&A Furniture, Textile and Fashion department led by Christopher […]

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Queer disobedience

‘Disobedient Objects’ is a ground-breaking exhibition bringing objects of art and design produced by grassroots social movements and international activists into the V&A.  The show is free and runs until 1st February 2015.  There are some extensive blogs by the curators, exhibitions and technical services staff involved in producing the show, exploring various aspects of the exhibition […]

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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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Shop front of Merchant & Mills store in Rye

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 final display. (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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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