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T-Shirts 101

© Naval History and Heritage Command

The T-shirt is one of the world’s most ubiquitous garments, produced for both the high street and haute couture. It is 101 years since it was officially recognised as outerwear, and on the 2nd September the V&A opened a small display in its fashion galleries, drawing from the extensive collection of T-shirts in the Textiles […]

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Discovering legacies at the V&A: Fred Rowley

Wolsey Angel

When I first started as the V&A’s Legacies Manager just over a year ago, I quickly became aware of how lucky I was to be in this role.  Every day I discover something new about the Museum – from the rare and often unique objects that are left to us, to the fascinating stories of […]

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A Royal Christening Gift comes home

Feline Christening Bowl

Visitors to Goodwood House this summer will be surprised to see in the Card Room, nestling amongst the 3rd Duke of Richmond’s collection of Sèvres porcelain, a spectacular silver two handled bowl and cover, framed by Royal heraldic supporters, a rearing lion and unicorn, the cover crowned with the Royal heraldic crest, a standing lion. […]

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Mini Post No.8 – Ghosts of Logos past

One of the 1st Laptops used in the conservation science section of the museum - A Toshiba t1600

As part of my internship I have been repeating and expanding on some of the experiments into cleaning that they did during the POPART project. One part has been repeating experiments on real-world objects that have a surface texture – more on that in a later post though! The unusual object I’ve been using to […]

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Carmen Dell’Orefice’s speech at the opening of Horst: Photographer of Style


Reputable image and style makers from across London displayed their admiration for master photographer Horst P.Horst last night by attending the definitive retrospective exhibition of his work – Horst: Photographer of Style. Carmen Dell’Orefice, the iconic model who worked with Horst from 1946, opened the exhibition with Condé Nast’s International President and V&A Trustee, Nicholas […]

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Out on Display

guide cover

To help get the blog off to a good start we’ll be posting up a series of entries taken from ‘Out in the Museum’, a paper guide we produced to coincide with this year’s Pride in London Parade (Saturday 28th June 2014). We’ve already used the first entry from the guide, which introduces Hadrian and Antinous, to provide our […]

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Hadrian and Antonious may have already helped to introduce this, the V&A’s new LGBTQ+ blog ‘Out in the Museum’, but I would like to add my personal welcome too. My name is Dawn and I am an Assistant Curator here at the Museum, currently working on the redevelopment of our Europe 1600-1800 Galleries, I am also […]

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The Morris Legacy

Working drawing for an embroidery, possibly for a wall-hanging, by William Morris. Red chalk and watercolour on both sides of a  sheet of calico.

History may be written by the victors, but the History of Design is written by the victors with the most stuff. Since we’re dependent on material sources– drawings, textiles, furniture, metalwork, ceramics, you name it–  the way we remember what happened in the past and the value we attach to it all comes down to […]

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Born on this Day: Charles-Louis Clérisseau


  Today our moment of ‘birthday-prompted’ attention is focused upon the artist, architectural draughtsman and antiquary Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-180). Clérisseau has been described as creating a vital link in the chain of architectural excellence that prevailed in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. He was sent to study at the French Academy in Rome in 1749, where he worked with […]

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Born on This Day: Frederick V


Given the attention I paid to his wife’s birthday last week (‘The Winter Queen’ Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia), it would be rather remiss of me to not note that today marks 418 years since the birth of Frederick V. He will be gracing us with his presence in the Europe Galleries in the form of […]

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