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Q&A: Curating Christmas in the V&A Shop

Our Visual Manager Charlene Betteridge, and illustrator Lynn Hatzius have transformed the shop into a wonderful ‘Winterland’ for this year’s Christmas display. Charlene and Lynn explain the inspiration and process that went into creating this beautiful display… Where did you first see Lynn’s illustrations? Charlene Betteridge: I first saw one of Lynn’s illustrations of an […]

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The Nuremberg House

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER Halina Pasierbska At the top of my shortlist of favourite dolls’ houses in the wonderful collection at the V&A Museum of Childhood is the Nuremberg House with its date, 1673, helpfully inscribed on one of the chimneys. This house with its rare metal star is a small example one of a number […]

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Style and Satire

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER Sarah Grant, curator in the Word and Image Department at the V&A, and co-author of the  V&A’s new publication Style and Satire: Fashion in Print 1777-1927 Style and Satire tells the entertaining story of European fashion and its most fantastical trends from two interrelated perspectives – the lavish, celebratory fashion plate, and […]

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Quintessentially British – Gloverall x V&A Duffle Coat

Gloverall have been making Duffle coats right here in Merrie Olde England since 1951. Over the years it has earned a firm reputation as one of Britain’s most timeless and well-respected brands. To ensure a Cosy County Christmas in the crisp outdoors, here’s a thoughtful token from us to you – V&A x Gloverall Duffle […]

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A cosy collar to keep out the cold – it’s all about the Faux Fur

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER JOHANNA STEPHENSON, V&A SHOP Have you been feeling the chill in the air lately? It’s that time of year when we finally have to admit defeat to autumn, store away our summer dresses, and take cover under multiple layers for warmth. The frantic scouring of the shops to update our winter wardrobes has begun! However, we urge you […]

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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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Miss Archive unfolds a wonderful world of shawls…

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER MISS ARCHIVE… Somehow, on one of the hottest days of the year, I found myself looking at shawls in storage at the Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion. Even though the thought of wool and cashmere was almost too much to bear when it was 27 degrees […]

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The Gift List – 10 Traditional Wedding Gifts – Glass + Metal

Utopia & Utility  – The Perfect Marriage (take notes newlyweds)* These exquisitely made vessels combine the functional with the fantastical and it is therefore no wonder that they have made it onto our very exclusive, VIP only,  Gift List of 10 traditional wedding gifts.  After all, are these sentiments of utopia and utility, the fantastical […]

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Top Wedding Gifts – Chosen by the V&A Shop Team

Dress: check.Shoes: check.Hat: check.Sunshine… keeping fingers crossed.A unique and special present – the V&A Shop Gift List Wedding Season is well and truly upon us, we will all be wishing for perfectly sunny days but if you’re still fretting about what to give to the happy couple here’s what the V&A Shop team (all with […]

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