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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.70

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.70 Bank Holiday weekend, the joys of DIY..  As we continue to move up the Tower we’re certainly in the top half now.  So no going to B&Q. Who knew only a few years ago how a paint shop could come to epitomise a social class in Britain. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.69

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.69 Record shopping Saturday and continuing to climb the Tower. Legendary independent record label was at the epicentre of the punk explosion right at the start and then has gone on to release a catalogue that almost defines the genre of independent music itself. Opened in […]

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Unrivalled Shoe Archive

The V&A has an amazing collection of shoes, well over 2,000 pairs spanning over 3,000 years from across the world. Majority of the shoes once belonged to the upper echelons of the society, the best and most extreme in shoe designs, but there are also some footwear that originally clad the feet of farmers and workers. Although […]

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V&A Print Season: Lucille Clerc

Q: What made you choose these particular sections of the V&A for your print? How did you decide on the colour scheme? LC: My Portrait of the V&A is based on some of my favourite sections, the porch, the sculptures and ceramics department and William Morris rooms. I have then transposed these elements in my […]

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Designing the Damascus Room display

By Kate Beaumont, exhibition designer I enjoyed working with Mariam on the Damascus Room case. Despite the relatively short amount of time to design and deliver the project, the design process itself was reasonably straight forward, and helped by Mariam’s clear direction in terms of objects and approximate layout. The aim was to reuse and […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2015 Shortlist

  With just over two weeks to go before the winners are announced, the judges of the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards have whittled down the entries from nearly a thousand to just three in each category. On the 18th of May we’ll find out the winners of the awards for:

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.68

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.68 The great Cleopatra , ruler of ancient Egypt, with her legendary beauty gives her name to this Willesden ‘health spa’!  We are moving on up the Tower…. whether you like the places or not they all make up this incredibly diverse city. 140 High Road, London NW10 […]

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Meisen kimono from the V&A collection

Japanese meisen dyeing

On a recent visit to Japan I had the opportunity to visit Isezaki, a town in Gunma Prefecture about 95km north-west of Tokyo that is known for the production of a type of fabric called meisen. The development of meisen in the early decades of the twentieth century brought modern kimono fashions within the reach […]

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Japanese stencil dyeing

I travelled to Tokyo recently to attend a symposium hosted by Bunka Gakuen, one of the world’s leading fashion colleges. As well as days of formal events, the organisers had kindly arranged various visits for the participants, one of which was to a dyeing workshop in Hachiōji. This town is about 40 kilometres west of […]

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Mr Punch, puppet, Arthur Quisto, UK, 1937 (made); 1994 (altered). Museum no. S.526-2012 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Object Pitch Day 8 – 26 November 2014 – Part I

We’d finally made it: the very last Object Pitches for a history of an OBJECT in 100 worlds. Befitting the occasion Bill Sherman was in a ruminative mood, reminding us that “the only rule is time.” And so we settled ourselves for the last lunchtime session, which included yet another member of the Research Department […]

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