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A work of art or so last season? Managing intellectual property of the V&A fashion collections

What do Chanel’s interlocking ‘C’s, Louboutin’s red sole and David Bowie’s stage costumes have in common? They are all protected by intellectual property (IP). 5 pairs of Christian Louboutin Fifi pumps with 100mm heel in shade Blush No. 5. Museum no. CD.28-2014- CD.32-2014  ©Victoria and Albert Museum,London  What is IP I hear you ask (or […]

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The Gates of Kiev

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On show at Somerset House between 2001 and 2008, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection has been on permanent display at the V&A since 2009, in a suite of four dedicated galleries (Room 70 to 73). If you intended to visit the collection though, you may have a surprise! At the moment the Gilbert galleries […]

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Boy learning his leassons Christoher and Clementina Smyth

A Voyage to Egypt

What excitement there must have been when the Reverend Christopher Smyth and his wife Clementina left the quiet parish of Woodford, Northamptonshire for an epic journey to Egypt in 1862, with a promise of regular letters home for the village children. It is not hard to imagine how they and probably many adults too would […]

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CIS:4974-1910

Skeletons in the vaults; or, the V&A bone collectors

The Archive’s S.Ex register makes for interesting reading – but not for the reason its suggestive title may have duped us momentarily into thinking! S.Ex (or School Examples) objects were acquired for the V&A’s Circulation Department between 1882 and 1892, and used largely for still life cases, modelling or anatomical study. Of the approximately 1,200 […]

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Aureus coin of Emperor Hadrian

Out On Display #1: Hadrian and Antinous

Welcome to ‘Out in the Museum’; the V&A’s new blog series on all things LGBTQ+! We’ll be covering art, history, museum events and advocacy. Your comments and feedback are welcomed. This is the first in a regular series of posts on objects in our collection with LGBTQ+ histories.   Coin, head of the Emperor Hadrian […]

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Detail of 5940-1859, altarpiece, showing St. Giles © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

St. Giles

Perhaps the most popular vegetarian of the middle ages, semi-legendary St. Giles has had very little time to enjoy himself in heaven since his death in the first quarter of the eighth century. Indeed, many diverse groups consider him their patron saint; spur makers, disabled people, horses, beggars, blacksmiths, sufferers of breast cancer, breast-feeding women, […]

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Heroes album cover shoot, 1977, photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. © Sukita, courtesy the David Bowie Archive

The Brown Suit: “Don’t you wonder sometimes, ’bout sound and vision?”

The other week I found myself in the Textile Conservation studios, a microphone in front of me, contemplating how much sweat may have soaked into a coat. I should quickly make it clear that it wasn’t a coat being worn by a perspiring colleague, but rather a very smart wool coat dating from the 1780s. […]

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Panamericana (flag 1) version II, 2011 by Alexandre da Cunha, courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery

Brazil Contemporary Event at the V&A – Part 3 Carlos Teixeira

Part 3 - Urbanism and Urban Theatre: Carlos Teixeira, Founder of Studio Vazio, author ‘History of the Void in Belo Horizionte’ (1999)     With the generous support of the Embassy of Brazil in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum  brings together practitioners, writers, academics and curators working in Brazil and the UK in the fields […]

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