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It’ll never last…. A Ferragamo patent shoe

Written by Sarah Glenn, Textile Conservator This Ferragamo ‘Vara’ pump shoe (T.91-1988) is going on display next year in The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014. Ferragamo patent leather shoe © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Made of patent leather in 1986, it has never been worn and has a perspex last (most likely the original […]

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The Enchanting Story behind X+Q for the V&A

The V&A Shop recently collaborated with X+Q Art, the brainchild of Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci on two exclusive scarves inspired by the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 exhibition. X+Q Art was founded by leading contemporary Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci to create limited edition sculpture, fashion accessories and […]

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And the winner of Jameel Prize 3 is…

We are pleased to reveal that Dice Kayek has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize 3 for Istanbul Contrast, a collection of garments that evoke Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A and Fady Jameel, President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) presented Ece and Ayşe Ege with the prize at […]

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Clothworkers’ Christmas Countdown, part 2

If there’s one thing that working at the V&A has taught me, it’s that established systems can prove to be robust and to have great constancy. Having conceded that fact, my pattern and formula for this week’s festive post might in part seem a little familiar. woven silk toy, Marth Edlin ca. 1670, museum no. T.449-1990, […]

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Stylish & Spacious Apartment for Sale at the V&A

Recent visitors to the V&A will have noticed that the museum is for sale.  A 25 metre hoarding strectching across the Cromwell Road wing of the building offers a ‘New residential development at prime cultural heritage location.’  And those interested in viewing the property can call the ‘Crown Property Investment Group’ via their hotline, which […]

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The V&A Shop Fabric Project

We are excited to share with you what busy bees we have been in the V&A Shop office. Eight members of the team rose to the challenge to make some crafty, DIY, upcycled items using our new collection of beautiful printed cotton fabrics inspired by the V&A’s collections. The fabrics are truly one of a […]

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Which Brides to Display? Assessing our Bridal Collection

Once an exhibition has been given the go ahead, object assessments are one of the first stages for the Conservation Department. The images here show assessments for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 being undertaken in the V&A stores. For the show, opening in May, 37 new outfits are being added to those which have already been out […]

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of the V&A’s 2013 Christmas Catalogue

As the sun shone down on the V&A and the rest of South Kensington was basking in the warmth of an Indian Summer, the sounds of children playing in the V&A courtyard drifted gently up in the Mediterranean-like breeze to our offices where the V&A Shop team were in full swing thinking all things Christmas! […]

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Ideas from CRASSH mobile possibilities conference

What are the challenges and possibilities raised by mobile? Now that more than half UK adults have smartphones, and with tablet use doubling in a year, cultural services need to understand the social shifts the normalisation of these technologies cause. The conference ‘Making Cultural Heritage Mobile: Challenges and Possibilities’ at the University of Cambridge explored these […]

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What lies beneath: Foundation stones and time capsules

On 17 May 1899 Queen Victoria travelled in a semi-state open landau the short distance from Buckingham Palace to South Kensington to lay the foundation stone for the new Victoria and Albert Museum buildings designed by the architect Aston Webb (1849-1930). Part of the elaborate ceremony included the placement of an oblong casket, made of […]

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