Emily Crutcher

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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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OUT OF OFFICE: Wedding Hair Accessories Makeover Day

A couple of weeks ago our Designer Reena and I escaped the office for a day of pampering to showcase our accessories for the V&A Shop Wedding Dresses range The brief: modeling hair accessories. We of course presumed our faces would not show in the final images and so we jumped at the chance and […]

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Exhibitionist – Love and Romance Collection

Love and Romance is one of the themes that endures for the V&A; being voted one of the most romantic museum’s in the world but one also built on love, with the story of our very own Victoria and Albert. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were closely involved in the formation of the Museum at […]

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The Glamour of Italian Fashion Since 1945

The stylish companion, the essential arm candy and the only accessory to be seen with when visiting this stunning V&A exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion Since 1945. This lavish book provides a comprehensive look at Italian fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. If you haven’t yet been […]

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Behind the scenes preparation ahead of The Big Day – Wedding Window install!

Meet Charlene, Visual Merchandiser, always bouncing with fun clever ideas for our shop’s window displays, but we think this one might just take the biscuit! How to prepare for the big day?! So many things, so little time, everything HAS to be perfect! Luckily we have Charlene & team who have it all covered. Let […]

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Q&A With illustrator Lesley Barnes

Lesley has created exclusive fashion illustrations inspired by style and surface pattern. For The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition we have applied her bold and energetic illustrations to a capsule collection of products. Lesley explains how this collaboration began, her inspiration, and what would be her favourite outfit… Tell us a bit about your work…. […]

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