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

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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

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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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Welcome

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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

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  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

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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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World Dog Day

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Given the attention I gave to ‘Museum Cat Day’ last month, I felt that it was necessary for me to even up the feline – canine representation on the blog as today is World Dog Day. The day’s title doesn’t include the word ‘museum’, I’ll grant you, but I do still have quite the pack […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Jenny Wedgbury, Acting Programme Manager for Families

Jenny and one of the Wolsey Angels in our Medieval and Renaissance Gallery, Room 50.

‘I think the Wolsey Angels should be saved and remain on display at the V&A because they’re beautiful and enigmatic, and a great example of early renaissance sculpture in Britain.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Wolsey Angels which we are currently trying to […]

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Born on This Day: ‘The Winter Queen’ Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia

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This day in 1596 saw the birth of Princess Elizabeth Stuart. Daughter of Anne of Denmark and James VI of Scotland (later James I of England), Elizabeth was the sister of Charles I of England and later became Queen of Bohemia. Elizabeth will have a visible presence in the new Europe Galleries in the form […]

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Born on This Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

Relief portrait of Napoleon, wax on slate, Benedetto Pistrucci, France (Paris) or England (London), 1815. Bequeathed by Miss A.F. Long. V&A A.3-1940

This day in 1769 saw the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born in Corsica to a family with Italian noble ancestry, Napoleon went on to make his name one of the most famous in European history. In France he took power in a coup d’état of 1799, installing himself as First Consul and later had himself crowned emperor in […]

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