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Slippery Sari Sagas and Delightful Draping

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Here in Textile Conservation we are just over half way through mounting the garments for display in The Fabric of India. A few weeks ago, our studio was all a-flurry with the unwrapping of mannequins and the speedy draping of a collection of stunning and vibrant contemporary saris for publication photography. That was by no […]

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18th Century Meets Contemporary: Gold Box Study Day in Cambridge

Particles caught in tint on underside of one of the boxes shown in the Close-Up and Personal exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge(LOAN:GILBERT.346-2008)

Friday, 26 June 2015, Fitzwilliam Museum The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection exhibition Close-Up and Personal: Eighteenth-century Gold Boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection continues at the Fitzwilliam Museum. On Friday, 26 June 2015, we will be hosting a study day at the Fitzwilliam to celebrate these masterpieces. Two of the most eminent British artists […]

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Funeral of a Swallow: Attaché Case by Studio Ruuger

Detail of the inlay process. Courtesy of Studio Ruuger

‘Exclusivity’ is one of twenty-one terms employed throughout What is Luxury? These terms, non-hierarchical and far from providing a comprehensive set of definitions, serve as an entry-point into the complex subject of the exhibition and a tool for interpreting objects which could be described as luxury as a result of the context of their production. […]

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Guest Post: A Room with a View (Part 2) – the Textile Conservator’s Story

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Roisin Morris is a V&A Senior Textile Conservator, and is currently working on the massive room hanging we featured in  A Room with a View (Part 1) two weeks back. This week she fills us in on some of the finer points of preparing (and repairing!) an object like this for display. As you will […]

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Installing shoes

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The installation of Shoes: Pleasure and Pain started last week – and it is so exciting! To finally see the finished build and new design of the space in Gallery 40, is just amazing after months of planning and discussing. The space looks very different from previous exhibitions, intimate and quite dark on the ground […]

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All that glitters…

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  Sparkly gold embroidery (zardozi) has, to be honest, never been my favourite kind of Indian textile. But during the selection process of pieces for The Fabric of India I have surprised myself by developing a soft spot for other kinds of textile involving metal or metal-wrapped thread, and indeed for the metal materials themselves.   Many of […]

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In the Thick of It

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What a month it has been! To all who missed a blog post last week, we can only apologise. We were all simply swamped! Over the past few weeks we’ve been working hard to complete the first draft of the exhibition label text, sort layout issues, make final changes to the book design, and take […]

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How to get your Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ticket

Inside the Savage Beauty exhibition

Worried that you don’t have a chance of seeing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty? Heard rumours of sold out tickets? Never fear, just follow our handy guide for buying and you’ll soon have your ticket to the hottest exhibition in town. Buy online While many of the early dates have sold out online, do not despair. […]

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A Matter of Luxury – Annie Warburton, Creative Programmes Director, Crafts Council

Photo Heini Schneebeli, Courtesy of the Crafts Council

Affluenza.  Stuffocation.  There’s no shortage of punning neologisms when it comes to our uneasy relationship with having too many things.  The unease mounts when we enter the territory of quantity and quality, excess and taste: the land of luxury.  Whether positioned as luxury’s redeemer or pitted against it, craft is seized upon as an antidote […]

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Waving Off the Brides and Grooms

Jenny Copsey and her new husband on the steps of St Pancras Town Hall at their wedding in 1971

As the idea of a wedding dress exhibition at the V&A was first proposed ten years ago, before its development, tour and ten months on display at the V&A, it feels like the end of an era as we approach the 15th March closing date of ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’. With that in mind, we thought we would bring […]

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