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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

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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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#SavageBeautyIllustrated Winners’ Q&A

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We are delighted to present the five winning illustrations from our University of the Arts London Alexander McQueen #SavageBeautyIllustrated competition. The students’ illustrations have been reproduced as open edition giclée prints and are available to order now from the V&A Shop in store and online in celebration of Alexander McQueen #SavageBeauty exhibition at the V&A. […]

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Kinky Boots

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This article is written by Joanne Pilcher, a volunteer on the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition and student on the V&A/RCA History of Design course. In my role as a volunteer for the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition I have been going through the acquisition files for all of the shoes and other objects that will appear […]

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A Romantic Frame of Mind

Honiton lace veil, 1865 © V&A Collection

As well as placing the bride in a slight state of mystery for her groom as the ceremony commences, a wedding veil flatters and frames the woman’s face. As in all aspects of wedding wear tradition, a veil must balance style with symbolism. As the ideal of a well to do young bride in white […]

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