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Guest Post: Renuka Reddy’s Adventures in Chintz

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We’re open! This past weekend The Fabric of India received its first visitors, and the response has been overwhelming.  Lest you fear our opening means the end of our blogging, be reassured. Following our opening week, The Fabric of India blog will continue to bring you behind-the-scenes perspectives, share the fascinating stories behind the exhibition’s objects, […]

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Interview with Iris van Herpen

Dress detail, Voltage Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen, 2013, (c) Leanne Wierzba

This interview took place between fashion designer Iris van Herpen and Leanne Wierzba, co-curator of What is Luxury?, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in late-July 2015. Leanne Wierzba: Thank you for agreeing to meet with me to discuss your work, in particular the dress that you have loaned to us for What is Luxury? – […]

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Monkey Business

'Monkey Business,' Studio Job, 2013 (c) Studio Job

While luxury is often marketed and understood in the media through objects – produced by designers and brands notable for their heritage, prestige and sophistication – selecting objects that enabled us to interrogate the concept of luxury in an exhibition format became one of our greatest challenges. On the one hand, there are so many […]

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1660 LONDON Tea Cup Connoisseur Set: Visit to Postcard Teas

Postcard Teas, London. Courtesy of Postcard Teas

Early in December, Jana and I went on a curatorial research trip to Postcard Teas, on Dering Street in London’s Mayfair district. It was a cold, drizzly afternoon and the shop became the perfect oasis away from the noisy crowds and ceaseless hustle of nearby Oxford Street. It occupies a small space and has a […]

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Fashionable Fabric

'Ajrakh' Jacket designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh. Linen, 2010. Museum no. IS.27-2012. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

One of our aims in this exhibition is to reveal new aspects of Indian textiles and fashion. It may come as a surprise to many that India has a dynamic fashion industry which maintains a continuity to India’s textile traditions. An exciting feature of The Fabric of India will be a showcase of some of the most imaginative […]

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‘Designing for the Common Goals of People’: An Interview with Common Practice

Inflatable General Assembly DIY Manual - Back Page. Created by Common Practice.

Like many of the people occupying Zuccotti Park in 2011, the collective Common Practice contributed to their protest camp by drawing on the skills and training they knew best – architecture & design. The result was the 123Occupy project, whose model of an Inflatable General Assembly can be seen in ‘Disobedient Objects’. In this post […]

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Brazil Contemporary Event at the V&A – Part 4 Kiki Mazzucchelli

Panamericana (flag 1) version II, 2011 by Alexandre da Cunha, courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery

Part 4 – The Notion of ‘the vernacular’ in Contemporary Brazilian art Kiki Mazzucchelli, Independent curator and writer     With the generous support of the Embassy of Brazil in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum  brings together practitioners, writers, academics and curators working in Brazil and the UK in the fields of art, design […]

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V&A at the Venice Architecture Biennale


A small group from the V&A’s Contemporary Architecture Design and Digital team were in Venice last week for the opening of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated this year by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his office OMA, the theme is ‘Fundamentals’, zooming in on the various elements of which all architecture is inevitably composed. […]

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Wearable tech: who wears it?

Motarola WT4000 Wearable Terminal

Look carefully at the wrists of those around you and you will likely see someone sporting an activity tracker of some kind – a Nike Fuelband, a Fitbit or even a Misfit Shine. Bright and shiny, these health and fitness gadgets are a new type of personal accessory: devices, which in the words of Jawbone, […]

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‘Visionaries’ Podcast Series Launches

As part of a broader research project about ‘the history of the future’, the V&A organised a series of workshops funded by the AHRC to explore the materiality, trends and designs of the future. The workshops gathered together radically progressive individuals who are reimagining innovation in their field in an attempt to discover the emerging […]

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