V&A Shop

Here we explore the creative process behind our award winning ranges inspired by the V&A collections. We give you access to the creation of our exclusive products, plus the artists and designers whom we commission to produce our limited edition products and shop windows. We also give behind-the-scenes glimpses into our working practice – from photo shoots to creating our gift catalogues.

All profits from the V&A Shop are returned to the Museum, helping to maintain its position as the world’s leading collection of art and design, funding exhibitions, research, and collecting for the future.

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Q&A: Curating Christmas in the V&A Shop

Our Visual Manager Charlene Betteridge, and illustrator Lynn Hatzius have transformed the shop into a wonderful ‘Winterland’ for this year’s Christmas display. Charlene and Lynn explain the inspiration and process that went into creating this beautiful display… Where did you first see Lynn’s illustrations? Charlene Betteridge: I first saw one of Lynn’s illustrations of an […]

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The Nuremberg House

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER Halina Pasierbska At the top of my shortlist of favourite dolls’ houses in the wonderful collection at the V&A Museum of Childhood is the Nuremberg House with its date, 1673, helpfully inscribed on one of the chimneys. This house with its rare metal star is a small example one of a number […]

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Yesterday Master Owl wrote you this beautiful wish, all by himself!

Owls are clever and wise, you see. Master Owl is just one of the many Christmas cards collected by the artist and author, George Buday (1907–90), for his extensive research on the history of the Christmas card, now held in the V&A. The V&A’s commercial team made an appointment this week to view some of Buday’s […]

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Style and Satire

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER Sarah Grant, curator in the Word and Image Department at the V&A, and co-author of the  V&A’s new publication Style and Satire: Fashion in Print 1777-1927 Style and Satire tells the entertaining story of European fashion and its most fantastical trends from two interrelated perspectives – the lavish, celebratory fashion plate, and […]

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Quintessentially British – Gloverall x V&A Duffle Coat

Gloverall have been making Duffle coats right here in Merrie Olde England since 1951. Over the years it has earned a firm reputation as one of Britain’s most timeless and well-respected brands. To ensure a Cosy County Christmas in the crisp outdoors, here’s a thoughtful token from us to you – V&A x Gloverall Duffle […]

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A cosy collar to keep out the cold – it’s all about the Faux Fur

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER JOHANNA STEPHENSON, V&A SHOP Have you been feeling the chill in the air lately? It’s that time of year when we finally have to admit defeat to autumn, store away our summer dresses, and take cover under multiple layers for warmth. The frantic scouring of the shops to update our winter wardrobes has begun! However, we urge you […]

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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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Credit Crunch

Bang in the middle of the display ‘A World to Win. Posters of Revolution’ you come across an eye catching hot pink, black and white spotty slogan screenprint that screams out from the gallery ‘There’s A Credit Crunch Not A Creative Crunch’. The creative industries battle cry – designed and printed by Aida Wild. Aida […]

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