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Japanese meisen dyeing

Meisen kimono from the V&A collection

On a recent visit to Japan I had the opportunity to visit Isesaki, a town in Gunma Prefecture about 95km north-west of Tokyo that is known for the production of a type of fabric called meisen. The development of meisen in the early decades of the twentieth century brought modern kimono fashions within the reach […]

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Japanese stencil dyeing

Making the rice paste

I travelled to Tokyo recently to attend a symposium hosted by Bunka Gakuen, one of the world’s leading fashion colleges. As well as days of formal events, the organisers had kindly arranged various visits for the participants, one of which was to a dyeing workshop in Hachiōji. This town is about 40 kilometres west of […]

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May Day, Mayday!

May Day, Hyde Park By Underground

For most of us May Day (not to be confused with the international distress call mayday) just means a bank holiday and a chance to recharge our batteries. Perhaps an opportunity to visit a museum? Or maybe surf the net for interesting and informative blogs?. . . The earliest May Day celebrations date back to pre-Christian times. In […]

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On the travels of our 18th-century gold boxes

Poster Close-Up and Personal

Back in September 2014, I wrote a post about the closure of the Gilbert Galleries at the V&A, and promised that I would keep you updated about our various projects to make the collection as accessible as possible to the public. So if you want to see some of the Gilbert Collection’s most precious and beautiful gold boxes, […]

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An Imperial Playhouse: The Gilbert Collection’s Russian micromosaic jewel casket re-identified

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On 4 March 2015 I gave an illustrated lunch-time talk at the V&A on Russian Country Houses which was well received and well attended. Afterwards, Katrina Warne, a regular visitor to Russia, identified the micromosaic scene on the Gilbert Collection jewel casket which I had illustrated as a view of the Gothic Priory at Gatchina. […]

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Reflection on the Exceptional Contribution to the World of Art and Design Made by Moira Gemmill

Moira Gemmill,

As we reflect on the exceptional contribution made by Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s former Design Director who died recently, to the V&A and the world of art and design more broadly, we wanted to share the speech made by V&A Chairman Sir Paul Ruddock at her leaving event in January 2015. “It is always hard […]

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Moira Gemmill

Moira Gemmill

“We are devastated to hear of the tragic death of our much-loved and respected colleague of many years, Moira Gemmill. During her 13-year career at the V&A as the Director of Design before leaving for the Royal Collection Trust in January this year, she made an extraordinary impact in transforming the Museum’s galleries and facilities […]

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Glastonbury Installation Series: Part 3, Politics

Pyramid Stage

Politics is the third and final theme of this year’s Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Alongside music and weather, it is conceptualised as an ‘invisible scenography’ by the Artistic Director of the Quadrennial, Sodja Lotker. Much like more traditional conceptions of design and space, politics profoundly shapes our environment and our behaviour within that […]

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How to get your Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ticket

Inside the Savage Beauty exhibition

Worried that you don’t have a chance of seeing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty? Heard rumours of sold out tickets? Never fear, just follow our handy guide for buying and you’ll soon have your ticket to the hottest exhibition in town. Buy online While many of the early dates have sold out online, do not despair. […]

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A Day in the Life on the Exhibition Road Project: Luke Cripps

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Toureen Group are a construction company specialising in demolition and excavation, and we have been solving complex construction problems for over twenty years. We were responsible for removing the 1970s buildings in the V&A’s ‘Boilerhouse Yard’, and we are now undertaking the big ‘dig’ to create the new subterranean exhibition gallery for the Museum. We […]

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