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Battlefield to Boudoir: The Costumes of Adam Ant

Ahead of Adam Ant’s 2017 “Anthems” tour, Archive Assistant, Lynn Wood, gives an introduction to the Adam Ant costume collection in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Musically 1980 was a somewhat eclectic year; mainstream pop acts such as Captain and Tennille vied for chart places with punk band The Clash, glam icons Queen and […]

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Guest Post: A truly unique cinematic experience

Today we welcome Charlotte Wood, Marketing Manager at the V&A, who’s responsible for making sure you hear about all the amazing things the museum’s doing both inside and outside the galleries. Lately, she’s been working with Regent Street Cinema on some exciting Fabric-of India-related evenings we’re sure you’re going to want to put in your calendars.  Get your […]

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The Ballet of Apollo (plus some incredible costumes!)

Today in 1621 the Ballet d’Apollon (Ballet of Apollo), also known as the Ballet du Roy (the King’s Ballet), was first performed by the Ballet de Cour of Louis XIII. This costume design for role of Apollo the Shepherd in the Ballet d’Apollon will feature in the Europe Galleries’ Music display. The costume consists of a […]

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Out On Display #10: Because We Must

          Costumes for Because We Must Designed by Leigh Bowery Made by Mr. Pearl London, crewel work & appliqué, 1987 S.101 & 102-2010 On display in room 105   For maverick gay artist, costume designer, club promoter and poseur, Leigh Bowery (1961-1994), fashion and clothing were an integral part of his […]

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Vivien Leigh in the Theatre & Performance Galleries

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

Earlier this year, the V&A acquired the Vivien Leigh archive. This has enabled us to display some of the unique objects from this collection in the Museum’s Theatre & Performance Galleries (103 – 106). Vivien Leigh (1913 – 1967) is one of the most celebrated actors of the 20th century. Born in India and educated […]

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Continuing Mysteries

The cover of the 1915 souvenir programme, note the women’s Kokoshnik headdresses The Nijinsky, Poiret and Matisse cases were de-installed today so many of our star objects have been put away. As all the costumes are packed it is an opportunity to check details – sometimes because of questions received during the exhibition – sometimes because other questions spring to mind. It is fascinating, for example, to look closely at the Snow Maiden’s headscarf for Soleil de nuit spread flat out to appreciate its appliqué. The solo, originally danced by Lydia Lopokova, was added by Massine to his ballet created …

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Going, going, gone

After filing my blog yesterday I returned to the galleries for a last look.After 17.15 the crowds thinned out and among the last visitors were a widely diverse group; two children were dancing in front of The Firebird and a family was making lightening sketches of costumes. Visitors departed reluctantly but happily and I knew I’d never see the full exhibition again. How right I was. By the time I reached the gallery this morning the whole of the Rite of Spring section had been dismantled including the Meissen figures from Le Carnaval and the designs and drawings of Le …

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Adventures with costumes

In the exhibition we show a short film incorporating material from the BBC’s Late Night Line Up: Diaghilev Scenery and Costumes originally transmitted on 22 July 1968 to help explain the acquisition of sets and costumes by the V&A. Of course the full story is somewhat more complex as they were purchased by Richard Buckle – with, as he liked to say, other people’s money, to establish a Museum of Theatre Arts in London. They were handed over to the V&A some six years later in 1974 when a number of collections came together. In 1975 in conjunction with Salisbury …

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Three Guests (but were they wise men?)

Design by Léon Bakst for Felicita in The Good-Humoured Ladies (1917) V&A images Happy Christmas! Its taken me a long time to notice that on the Christmas Tree in the Sackler Centre (the V&A’s home of L&I) many of the ‘presents’ include copies of the famous poster image of Vaslav Nijinsky as the Spirit of the rose. Does this mean that Father Christmas has a supply of Ballets Russes treasures to deliver? The image by Jean Cocteau was created for the 1911 season in Monte Carlo when the Ballets Russes as a Company was first formed although the version of …

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