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Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini wears an evening gown designed by Biki to the party which opened the V&A exhibition.

Collector in Profile: Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini

Throughout my 15 years as fashion curator at the V&A, I’ve met a number of collectors-a dedicated and passionate group, often deeply knowledgeable about their subject and determined to buy the best. While I was in the process of curating the V&A exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1946-2014 (5 April-23 July, 2014), I was […]

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The Fabric of India

Welcome to our blog on the V&A’s forthcoming exhibition The Fabric of India. It’s now a year away, but preparations are well underway for what promises to be not only a beautiful and dramatic show but also a major landmark in the study and display of the subject. Focussing on hand-made textiles, the exhibition will […]

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London Design Festival at the V&A

Halfway through the Festival week, I finally have time to sit down at my computer to write this post. The London Design Festival is the main focus of my job – I work on everything from the installations and displays to the huge events programme, press, parties, and everything in between. The London Design Festival […]

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Inflatable General Assembly DIY Manual - Back Page. Created by Common Practice.

‘Designing for the Common Goals of People': An Interview with Common Practice

Like many of the people occupying Zuccotti Park in 2011, the collective Common Practice contributed to their protest camp by drawing on the skills and training they knew best – architecture & design. The result was the 123Occupy project, whose model of an Inflatable General Assembly can be seen in ‘Disobedient Objects’. In this post […]

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Machine-made lace and silk wedding dress by Isobel, 1953

Isobel the Matchmaker

Sometimes, through a lack of lasting materials or personal accounts, a great designer can be lost to fashion history. Through drawing together the remaining pieces, memories, records or mentions in magazines, such a fate can sometimes be avoided. This, we hope, could be the case with Isobel, a leading British fashion house in the interwar […]

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A work of art or so last season? Managing intellectual property of the V&A fashion collections

What do Chanel’s interlocking ‘C’s, Louboutin’s red sole and David Bowie’s stage costumes have in common? They are all protected by intellectual property (IP). 5 pairs of Christian Louboutin Fifi pumps with 100mm heel in shade Blush No. 5. Museum no. CD.28-2014- CD.32-2014  ©Victoria and Albert Museum,London  What is IP I hear you ask (or […]

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Researching & Writing a Gallery Book: The Pains of Editing

Today we have a second guest post from Kirsty, a student on placement from the University of Glasgow. Another aspect of my research for the gallery book concentrated on the shops and guilds which were a major aspect of commerce in the eighteenth century. I chose to look at a mixture of source material. One of the […]

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Dresses by Molyneux and Maggy Rouff in the Textiles Conservation Studio

A tight installation schedule!

Given we have nine days to hang a two gallery show, object installation is planned down to the hour. A team of six skilled V&A technicians will hang over 300 framed works by Horst and his contemporaries, including a series of 25 large scale colour prints, reproduced from original transparencies. As a photography novice I […]

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Resource Planning at the V&A Museum

The V&A is an ambitious and inquisitive organization. It produces blockbuster exhibitions, like last year’s David Bowie Is and the forthcoming Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty  and has an exciting range of contemporary events as part of its monthly Friday Lates. Aside from its Public Programme of exhibitions and displays the V&A is also involved in […]

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How to Guide: Book Bloc Shield. llustration by Marwan Kaabour at Barnbrook

Disobedient Objects How-To Guides

  Disobedient objects are often carefully designed solutions to problems faced by activists on the ground, in the midst of social and political movements around the world. The exhibition includes several take home guides on how-to make some of these objects, from Book Bloc Shields to Tear-Gas Masks.   Additionally, these How-To Guides are now available […]

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