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Introducing the D’Oyly Carte Archive


Costume design
The Mikado; Costume design by Wilhelm for a Japanese Gentleman in The Mikado, Savoy Theatre 14 March 1885
Wilhelm (1858-1925)
Gouache on board

Curator of Popular Entertainment Catherine Haill gives us a brief history of one of the jewels in the crown of the V&A Theatre and Performance collections. The D’Oyly Carte Archive is one of the most significant archives in the world relating to the operas of W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) and their production and […]

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The Saga of Letitia and Rachel

The Saga of Letitla and Rachel

One of the unexpected pleasures of cataloguing a collection is when hidden treasures are discovered hidden behind dry archive descriptions, such as: “ANONYMOUS : Caricatures The Saga of Letitia and Rachel.  Drawings (23) satirizing a contemporary incident (?).  English, c.1910.” From the first image, my attention was grabbed by these high-quality charming drawings, far too […]

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Guest Post: An Exercise of Re-fashioning Fashionable Fancy Dress

Copyright Celia Reyer/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Guest post by Celia Reyer, Visiting Fashion Curator and winner of The Costume Society’s Jubilee Award 2015. The design inspiration I have found from the V&A Museum of Childhood Collections department has come from my research into the history of fancy dress and the practice of re-fashioning in early fancy dress. Fancy dress originated as an adult […]

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An Introduction to Costume Design for Ex – Prisoners

by Marisa Smith, Programme Manager, Workshops and Events.To complement the major exhibition Hollywood Costumes, the V&A worked with Synergy Theatre Project to deliver on-site costume design classes for ex prisoners. These 4 sessions were designed to give an insight into the role of the costume designer, with particular focus upon the collaborative nature of this profession.

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