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From School to Sailors: Childrenswear from the Museum of Childhood on Europeana Fashion tumblr

As the summer nights draw in and children return to school, my mind drifts off to childhood memories of days by the sea, and reluctantly getting dressed in an ill-fitting uniform at the start of another school year… oh to have that time back…. Photograph, tinted and mounted on card, of a girl in a […]

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Teapot, 19th century, made in Ladakh, N W India.
Silver gilt, silver and brass gilt, with inset turquoise. 
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‘Magical’ Research trip to N W India

Oral histories have the capacity to transport us not just across time but across space.  Stories are in a sense a kind of ‘object’ encompassing trajectories of affect and sensation which is why I found this account by Dr John Clarke, curator of the Himalayan and southeast Asian collections, so compelling.  He describes a research trip he made in 1986 to the Zanskar Valley, […]

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Satirical print, seven men standing in front of the window of Darly's print shop looking at his caricature publications in the window. 14 July 1772 Etching

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Back to School

Continuing preparation for the forthcoming V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics I went back to school last week, well a ceramics summer school at Ellesmere College in Shropshire. The Northern Ceramic Society generously sponsored a bursary for me to attend as this year the programme was particularly relevant; ‘The Curious Art': Printing on […]

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A work of art or so last season? Managing intellectual property of the V&A fashion collections

What do Chanel’s interlocking ‘C’s, Louboutin’s red sole and David Bowie’s stage costumes have in common? They are all protected by intellectual property (IP). 5 pairs of Christian Louboutin Fifi pumps with 100mm heel in shade Blush No. 5. Museum no. CD.28-2014- CD.32-2014  ©Victoria and Albert Museum,London  What is IP I hear you ask (or […]

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In the stores  © Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Always be prepared

With just under seven months until the Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display opens preparation is fully underway. Research began in 2013 with visits to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the Wedgwood Museum and the Spode Museum Trust in Stoke-on-Trent to explore their collections of blue and white. Working with the curators Miranda […]

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Moda Italiana two volumes on Glamour of Italian Fashion Research bookshelves, Research Department. Lucia Savi, 2014

La Moda Italiana and the Glamour of Italian Fashion

  Part of my job here at the V&A’s research department, besides working as a research assistant on the exhibitions “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014” and “Shoes: pleasure and pain”; is to promote and undertake new research as well as to engage with audiences and colleagues from across the world. One of the ways of […]

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Winter is Coming

While TV viewers are still reeling from the events of last night’s Game of Thrones finale, we’ve been thinking about possibilities for a little Museum expansion. We’ve got locations in South Kensington and Bethnal Green, with big plans for Dundee and the Olympic Park, but what if the V&A were to open up in Westeros? […]

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The V&A Collections World Cup Squad The Football World Cup in Brazil is about to kick-off, so to celebrate we thought we’d put together a dream team drawn from our collections. With a strong representation of players from the Word & Image Department, as well as Ceramics and Theatre & Performance, plus a manager who has […]

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Ice Ice Baby

Have you been gripped by all of the recent Winter Olympics action? We thought we’d honour the incredible achievements of the athletes over in Sochi by picking out some objects in our collections that feature winter sports. It’s time to get our skates on, and we’re going to start off by looking at all things […]

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Happy Birthday Mary Quant!

Today Mary Quant, the queen of 1960s London style turns 80. To celebrate the fashion queen’s landmark birthday, we’ve picked out some Mary Quant highlights from our collections. Mary Quant’s boutique, Bazaar, was set up in 1955 on London’s fashionable King’s Road. It was known for its surreal window displays and eclectic mix of clothes, […]

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