Barlaston shape teapot and cover in 'Summer Sky' pattern, 1955;

Art Fund appeal: Save the Wedgewood Collection

  The Art Fund are currently running an appeal to save the Wedgewood Collection from being separated and sold off. They have until the 30 November to raise the £15.75 m needed to ensure that one of the most significant industrial archives, consisting of over 80,000 objects and spanning over 250 years of history, remains […]

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Width 5cm each, with various lengths, ca. 1945/1950; V&A Archive of Art and Design GC10/1

A vintage fashion mystery

Dress trimmings for Rosalinde Gilbert Models Sometimes even with our combined efforts, the V&A’s curatorial team can only get marginally closer to solving the mysteries posed by even the most intriguing pieces. This is very much the case with four petite ornaments made of vibrant red resin, a light faux turquoise and faux pearls. The […]

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How to dress like a lady

‘How to dress on £15 a year as a lady by a lady’ was published by Frederick Warne in 1873. It was one of series of pocket sized “Useful Books” and cost a shilling. In the introduction, a Lady, actually Millicent Whiteside Cook, author of several books on economy, has no illusions about her work […]

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Out On Display #5: ‘Lord Who Is Half Woman’

          Hindu God Shiva as Ardhanishvara (Lord Who Is Half Woman) Northern India, sandstone, Kushan period 150-200 IM.5-1931 On display in room 47B     Ardhanarishvara is a composite form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati. Shiva is a popular Hindu deity and within Shaivism is regarded as the Supreme God.   Ardhanarishvara […]

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English leather buff coat, 1640-1650, t.34-1948. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

In The Buff

The Military Buff coat: A haptic experience During my time as an MA student on the V&A/RCA History of Design course I came across a word, haptic, that has fascinated me ever since. Both its sound when spoken and its meaning have resonated with me since I first heard the word and has often shaped my […]

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The mighty Mrs Bryant's Pleasure being carefully moved into place.

Back home in the gallery

Alongside the Small Stories exhibition, we have also been busy re-organising the dolls’ houses in the Museum’s permanent gallery. We were encouraged to re-think this gallery, on the top floor of the Museum, because the Tate baby House, Amy Miles’s House, the Killer Cabinet House and the Kaleidoscope House were leaving for Small Stories. This […]

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Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini wears an evening gown designed by Biki to the party which opened the V&A exhibition.

Collector in Profile: Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini

Throughout my 15 years as fashion curator at the V&A, I’ve met a number of collectors-a dedicated and passionate group, often deeply knowledgeable about their subject and determined to buy the best. While I was in the process of curating the V&A exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1946-2014 (5 April-23 July, 2014), I was […]

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Spot the Dog

Visitors to the Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition will be able to see a number of extraordinary copies painted by Constable alongside the original Old Master paintings that inspired him. His paintings after Jacob van Ruisdael’s (c.1629-1682)  Landscape with Windmills near Haarlem and Winter  are so similar to the originals that it is […]

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