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Clothworkers’: Putting the Boots In

I covered headwear a couple of posts ago, so logically it must be time to turn our sartorially-peckish peepers to the ticklish bases of our pillars of flesh and blood and bone: the feet. VERY natty boots (T.110:1, 2-1993) © Victoria & Albert Museum, London The V&A’s shoe collection is very large and very expansive. […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Labours of the Months, Florence, c.1450

Luca della Robbia, October; The Labours of the Months, Florence, Italy, Tin-glazed terracotta, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 64, Case SS, Mus Ref: 7641-1861 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London This week’s object is an exceptional example of Italian renaissance interior decoration: in terms of design and materials there’s nothing quite like it, even in […]

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Anyone for tennis?

Have your strawberries and cream at the ready, because today is the start of the 2013 Wimbledon championships. To celebrate this much-loved date in the sporting calendar, we’ve delved into our collections to bring you some special tennis-related objects. Tennis Rackets Sunglasses, Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, 1956, Museum no. T.243E-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London […]

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Costume mounter installing a mannequin

Clubland

It’s been another busy week of installing our Club to Catwalk exhibition in our Fashion Gallery. This week we have been focussing on our club styles which will be on open display on the mezzanine level of the gallery. © Kate Bethune Here you will be confronted with examples of the many different styles and […]

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Jewellery given by the Prince Regent for the wedding of Princess Charlotte acquired by the V&A

The V&A has acquired a rare set of peridot gems mounted in gold by the royal jeweller, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in 1816, thanks to the generosity of private donors. (left) Handwritten note from Princess Elizabeth to Miss Cotes, 30 April, 1816, (right) Peridot gems given to Mis

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Back to the Drawing Board

In a previous post I wrote about design as a process of collaborative evolution, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the creation of a large exhibition like William Kent. At last count, there are at least 10 people who regularly attend the design meetings for the V&A version of the show. This includes, […]

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Workman installing Club to Catwalk sign

Installation!

It hardly seems possible, but after months of object selections, project team meetings and discussions with designers, we have started to install our latest fashion exhibition: Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s! This week we are focussing on our catwalk cases which address themes such as eveningwear, tailoring, knitwear and the BLITZ designer […]

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Brainstorms & Pin-Ups

The ideas and messages that are shaping the content of the galleries have been informed and developed using a number of processes. Two key activities that were established in the early days of the project are ‘Brainstorm Meetings’ and ‘Pin-Ups’. Europe Brainstorm Team The Europe Brainstorm Team is an expert group of twenty-five curatorial and […]

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G8 Posters by Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard, one of Britain’s longest-standing and most influential activist artists, has released a series of posters in response to the G8 Summit hosted this week (17-18 June) in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.  The posters (which are re-workings of photomontages from his book @Earth) are statements of dissent and distrust towards the activities of the leaders […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Triumph of Love, Florence, c.1460

In one of my earlier blogs I wrote about an Italian marriage chest or cassone, and this week’s object is, in a sense, a sequel to that.  It is a birth tray (in Italian, desco da parto), an object that was typically commissioned to celebrate the birth of a first-born son in elite Florentine families.  […]

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