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Trying Out Tights

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It’s been a very busy week full of developments in the design and text for the exhibition. Some of the team spent Thursday morning at the Clothworkers’ Centre at Blythe House. This is where we store our Textiles and Fashion collection, which holds over 104,000 objects. It’s also a brilliant study space in which you […]

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V&A at the Shenzhen Biennale

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This weekend (December 5th-6th) marks the opening of the 2015 Shenzhen Urbanism Architecture B-City Biennale, where the V&A’s Shekou team is presenting a small exhibition. After an intense period of work, we’ve just put the final touches on our display, Unidentified Acts of Design, eight short stories about design and production in Shenzhen. The display […]

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The making of Kalpataru

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India’s rich artistic traditions have been bought together in this celebratory installation by Delhi based designers Sarthak Sengupta and Sahil Bagga of Sarthak Sahil Design Co. The inspiration for the installation comes from nature. The central tree is shaped like a leaf from the sacred tulsi plant and it is surrounded by representations of trees and […]

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BEST OF THE BEST: TOP 5 Illustration Award Editorial winners

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With limited page space and tight commission deadlines, the editorial illustrator must demonstrate the flare and imagination to sum up complex ideas quickly. Here we list – in no particular order – 5 of our favourite winners of the V&A Illustration Awards Editorial category.

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Guest Post: Stitch Narratives – Continuance and Evolution of Running Stitch Embroidery

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Hello again! This week we welcome Gopika Nath, a textile artist and writer living and working in Gurgaon, who shares our passion for kantha embroidery in both its traditional and contemporary forms.  Read on for a blog post you can almost touch… There is a nip in the air and it’s time to take out the silk […]

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It Could Be You! 2016 Illustration Awards: Entry now open

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Last year, Daphne Christoforou – a final year student at the RCA – uploaded images of NO-THING, a sumptuous illustrated textile of astute, finely-detailed ink-drawings. NO-THING was one of nearly a 1000 entries submitted to the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards. Seven months later Daphne was crowned the Student Illustrator of the Year and took home […]

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Blue and White: Products

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Many of the designs for products we see in our high street stores and online come from historical references. The blue and white Willow pattern not only influenced our fashion industry (see Blue and White: Fashion), it also continues to influence our product design industry today. If we move away from ceramics for a moment and […]

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New acquisition: Storm umbrella

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Umbrellas have been used to keep dry since distant antiquity, their basic shape has not changed a great deal throughout history. During the course of my research I found that each year, on average, around 1000 new patents are registered worldwide for ‘improved’ umbrella designs. New designs can include improved, stronger rib technology or alterations […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180 Fulham Road and we’re staying near the top. Continuing a theme from yesterday I first started exhibiting with David Gill Gallery and working with Francis Sultana here in late 2004. The first piece I made for them was a massive nativity scene that went in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179 One of my favourite shops and a place close to my heart I had my 1st small solo exhibition here in 2004. Opened in 1979 this iconic fashion designer (and cyclist) Paul Smith was the first designer to open in a then very different Floral […]

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