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Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki returns to London #BarbaraOnTour

It began with a show-stopping sold out talk at the V&A with Barbara in conversation with Harper’s Bazaar’s Justine Picardie… Then the South West beckoned and it was to Bath Barbara went, before Brighton and the suitably royal setting of the Pavilion.   Back to London to the buzz of Fashion Week, visiting editor of […]

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Q&A with the Legendary Biba Designer Barbara Hulanicki

1. What is your favourite Shop in London and Miami? In Miami I love C Madeline’s, it’s an extraordinary Vintage shop on Biscayne Boulevard. In London it would be Selfridges. 2. Tell us about the Biba outfits that stick out in your mind… The hooded leopard coat we made for Twiggy in the nineteen seventies. […]

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Aiko Takamori vase

Out On Display #4: Akio Takamori and ‘Queer Objects’

Vase Akio Takamori USA, glazed stoneware, 1985 C.59-1986 On display in room 142   The contemporary Japanese-American ceramicist Akio Takamori creates pieces which draw upon traditional Japanese forms to represent the human body in a variety of whimsical and unsettling positions. This vase, in the shape of a flattened oval, represents two nude women embracing […]

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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 6 Alexandre da Cunha

Part 6 – Discussion of his own work in relation to the themes of a Brazilian Vernacular Alexandre da Cunha, Artist     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 of […]

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Contents of two houses temporarily packed to travel to South Kensington.

They say moving house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do…

…If that’s the case then we’ve certainly been ambitious with our Small Stories exhibition, which involves moving 12 houses not just around the Museum but around the world for an international tour! But aren’t dolls’ houses much smaller and less complicated to move than the contents of a real home? How hard can it be? Sarah […]

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Detail of PL side of 7821-1861, wheel lock rifle, showing St. Eustace and the stag © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

St. Eustace

Today is the feast of another of our Holy Helpers, Saint Eustace. In his person is united the graphic design for Jägermeister, a new theory concerning the term ‘family roast’, and the pleas and devotion of nearly two millennia of firemen. Read on, bold traveller of the internet, and be enlightened.   Eustace was a […]

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1.4.10. Benares Sari (IM 5-1943) detail

The Fabric of India

Welcome to our blog on the V&A’s forthcoming exhibition The Fabric of India. It’s now a year away, but preparations are well underway for what promises to be not only a beautiful and dramatic show but also a major landmark in the study and display of the subject. Focussing on hand-made textiles, the exhibition will […]

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Film poster display at No Object. © Constantine Gras

From No Object to Your Object

No Object My studio is a 1966 council flat that has no domestic furnishings. I invited visitors to bring an object from home and to tell me a story. Many thanks to visitors and participants in No Object. You brought my studio to life for a day with your stories about a milk and marmalade […]

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Andrew Graham Dixon speaks at the opening of Constable: The Making of a Master

Andrew Graham Dixon opens Constable: The Making of a Master

On 17th September 2014 at the launch of Constable: The Making of a Master, art critic and broadcaster Andrew Graham Dixon spoke about the painter, his radical approach, working methods and lasting legacy. Open to the public from 20 September 2014 – 11 January 2015. Constable: The Making of Master reveals the hidden stories of how […]

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Born on This Day: Augustin Pajou

The celebrated French sculptor Augustin Pajou was a contemporary of Clodion, Houdon and Pigalle but is today (despite his obvious skill!) not as well known outside of France as he perhaps should be. Born on 19th September 1730, Pajou grew up in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, then one of the poorer sections of Paris, the son […]

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