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Mid-Residency Q&A with The T/Shirt Issue

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July marks the halfway point for our Artists in Residence who are here at the V&A for six months. I went to see Digital Design Residents Rozi and Hande from The T/Shirt Issue to ask them some questions to see how everything is going. What is your favourite item that you have found in the […]

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Chinese painting print campaign

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I’m starting to share a selection of the print we produce in house here at the V&A.

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The Joy Wardrobe Part 3

Wellcome Library, London. Engelbrechts' drawing of an 18th century carpenter shows the many tools of the trade.

On the right hand side of this early 18th century wardrobe, in bold letters several inches high, is painted “Edmund Joy 1712”. Who was this confident inscriber, who claimed this enigmatic piece of furniture as his own? Was Edmund Joy the first owner, or the talented carpenter of this unusual object? Whoever he was, his […]

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#DisobedientObjects

One #DisobedientObjects is the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) scarf above. Museum no. T.20-1946, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

This exhibition is far from the final word on out-designing authority, and there are so many objects we wish we could have included from struggles past and present. There are many other important object-histories of disobedience still to be told. The ideas and objects in the show were often also made communally, shared and adapted across […]

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Exciting summer of drawing

Architectural Drawing with RSH+P

  Hello, It’s all about drawing and telling stories with pencil and paper this summer at the V&A. We’ve got activities for children and families every day of the week from Monday 4th – Friday 29th August and we’d love it if you came and joined us. During the week from Monday – Friday, we’ll be in the garden (weather […]

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Vivier Party Plastic

Pair of shoes, Roger Vivier for Balenciaga, ca. 1967, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

These shoes were acquired by the Museum in 1974 as part of an evening outfit, and had been displayed in 1972 with that ensemble in Cecil Beaton‘s groundbreaking V&A exhibition ‘Fashion: An Anthology‘.     What’s interesting about them is the innovative use of materials and the co-ordination, materially and stylistically, with the rest of […]

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Medal Cabinet Appeal – Elizabeth Bisley, Assistant Curator

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‘This cabinet is an incredibly important example of Napoleonic design, it tells so many stories about design, craftsmanship, politics and luxury in early nineteenth-century France, and would be an amazing addition to our new European galleries.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Napoleonic Medal […]

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Wedding Dresses Press pack

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I’m getting married next month so I thought I’d get in the mood and share the press pack and invites I designed for the V&A Wedding Dresses exhibition.  

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My first week as Community Artist in Residence

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I’ve finally signed my tenancy contract with RBKC and have kicked the studio flat into shape. Several licks of paint and Constantine’s your uncle, the V&A Museum Community Artist. I am uniquely based at a former council flat that is part of a housing redevelopment. All the flats on this side of Shalfleet Drive will […]

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It’s a cover-up! Interior design at the South Kensington Museum

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Something caught my eye in this old photograph of the V&A’s North Court taken in the late 19th century: The North Court in the late 19th century. Museum no. E.1101-1989. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London You may not recognise this space but you’ll have been in it if you’ve seen any of the V&A’s […]

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