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Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

Unfinished illustration for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, 1914. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with kind permission from the owner

Cats feature in several of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved tales. Tabitha Twitchit and her cousin, Ribby, are models of respectability but Tom Kitten is prone to scratching and the tailor of Gloucester’s cat, Simpkin, spits and growls – ‘I don’t consider cats thoroughly domesticated animals’. When the young Peter Rabbit encounters a white cat flicking his […]

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HOW TO WIN the V&A Illustration Awards! An interview with the judges

2016 VILLA shortlist

It’s an enduring mystery of art competitions: what exactly do the judges want? As the shortlist for the V&A Illustration Awards is announced, I caught up with the judges of the Student Prize, Rafi Romaya & Ruth Prickett, & quizzed them on their choices, trends in illustration & their views on why Student Competitions matter.

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The Moroccan Fashion Project: an insight into the acquisition process

Museum no. ME.5:1 to 4- 2015 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Amongst the many exciting tasks that I have to undertake as an assistant curator in the Middle East section of the Asian Department is the responsibility of dealing with the logistics of all new acquisitions. Every year, the V&A acquires hundreds of objects from different people all over the world. Last year, amongst these acquisitions […]

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The new V&A website – the inside story

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Last week we relaunched vam.ac.uk and we’ve been bowled over by the positive response – thank you. Last week I explained a bit about what we’ve done and why. Since then we’ve been asked lots of questions from cultural and digital folk who want a bit more detail on the thinking behind the new site […]

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GUEST BLOG: Reflections on the International Training Course, ‘Curating Fashion and Dress’

Tour of the Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion ©Angelika Riley

This guest blog post features three reflections on the first edition of the V&A international training course, ‘Curating Fashion and Dress‘, which was held at the V&A between 15-19 February 2016 for twenty museum professionals from across the globe developing fashion collections and exhibitions. The one-week course was co-directed by Anaïs Aguerre, Head of International […]

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Street Photography in Gallery 100

Mark Cohen, 'Belly Button Cartwheel', 1975

A few weeks ago, Gallery 100 bade farewell to the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition and reverted back to its usual role: a permanent photographs gallery, displaying works that narrate a history of photography. Since 2015, this broad brief has been tackled thematically, with the focus now on ‘the body’. The display opened on March 11th […]

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The new V&A website

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We relaunch vam.ac.uk today and we know – and hope – that there’ll be lots of questions about the new website. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an overview of what we’ve done and why. Why have we overhauled the website? It was time to rethink the V&A’s digital presence. Our website was […]

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A Busy Spring on Exhibition Road

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Over two years ago in rainy January, the main contract for Exhibition Road was signed, officially starting the project build after years of planning and design. The milestone was marked with a traditional V&A tea and Victoria sponge cake in the Museum’s boardroom, and the teams looked forward to building this project with such a bold, unique […]

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V&A Podcast: Salon III – ‘Europe through non-European Eyes’

Coffer, late 16th century - early 17th century, Japan. Museum no. FE.33-1983, Purchased with the assistance of the Garner Fund, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Meeting once again in the Europe Galleries on the 10th February, our esteemed guests were challenged with the task of flipping their perspective on the history of Europe, and looking at it from the outside in, under February’s Salon theme: ‘Europe through non-European Eyes’. Our three speakers were José Ramón Marcaida (CRASSH at the University […]

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The Moroccan Fashion Designer Naima Bennis (1940-2008)

Female gandura (a garment that was initially only worn by men before Moroccan  fashion designers introduced it for women in elegant fabrics and colours), made of a fluid printed silk and decorated with characteristic loop braids called sfifa. Designed by Naima Bennis, c. 1970. V&;A: ME.16-2015

By M. Angela Jansen Visiting Scholar in the Research Department at the V&A The main aim of the Moroccan Fashion project  at the V&A is to establish a representative collection of Moroccan men and women’s urban fashion from the postcolonial period to the present. The 1960s and 70s especially have been a high priority area, […]

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