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Recent returns L-R: Vivienne Westwood denim ensemble, 1740s embroidered mantua, and Zandra Rhodes dress

In 2015 alone, 85 items from the Textiles and Fashion Collection went on short loan to museums nationally and internationally. And to mangle the old saying, what goes out must come back. Here at The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles & Fashion, we’ve recently had a spate of returns from exhibitions around the […]

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We Wear Culture – a new virtual fashion experience

18th-century Mantua

Clothes are shorthand for being human Claire Wilcox, 2001 From the fusion of fashion with surrealist art to Vivienne Westwood’s anarchic designs – we’ve collaborated with Google Arts and Culture to unlock the world of fashion with a new virtual experience and a host of online exhibitions detailing the incredible stories behind the V&A’s collections, […]

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Battlefield to Boudoir: The Costumes of Adam Ant

Ahead of Adam Ant’s 2017 “Anthems” tour, Archive Assistant, Lynn Wood, gives an introduction to the Adam Ant costume collection in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Musically 1980 was a somewhat eclectic year; mainstream pop acts such as Captain and Tennille vied for chart places with punk band The Clash, glam icons Queen and […]

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A Soupreme Achievement

The Souper Dress, 1966.

    On a recent Friday Late at the V&A, I paid a leisurely visit to the exhibition ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970’. My Bluetooth headset played the haunting sound of an organ, the opening of ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procul Harum. The exhibition was busy […]

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“I am so jealous you work here!”

When a visitor says, “I am so jealous you work here”, it can’t get any better than that. The Victoria & Albert Museum is an iconic piece of Victorian, architectural magnificence, housing over 1500 years of impeccable history.  There is no other place like the V&A Museum in the world. From the moment you approach […]

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Conservation and compromise: mounting eighteenth-century men’s dress

Formal ensemble

Rachael Lee Textile Conservation Display Specialist   In July 2014, preparatory work began on the mounting of historical dress for the new Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. As part of V&A FuturePlan, around 1,100 objects of European art and design have been re-displayed in the restored south-east wing of the museum, featuring star pieces and new acquisitions […]

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The Future of Fashion in Museums: Conference at the Rijksmuseum

From left to right: Rachael Catherine Lee, Lilia Prier Tisdall, Zoe Lanceley, Lara Flecker, Paul Sohi, Rachael Lee

The Textile Conservation Costume Mounting team recently downed needles and thread to attend a two day conference at the Rijksmuseum titled Fashion in Museums: Past, Present & Future. Museum professionals from Europe and North America gathered to discuss the recent phenomenon of blockbuster fashion exhibitions and their effect on the museum landscape. The contributions and […]

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The Moroccan Fashion Project: an insight into the acquisition process

Museum no. ME.5:1 to 4- 2015 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Amongst the many exciting tasks that I have to undertake as an assistant curator in the Middle East section of the Asian Department is the responsibility of dealing with the logistics of all new acquisitions. Every year, the V&A acquires hundreds of objects from different people all over the world. Last year, amongst these acquisitions […]

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The Moroccan Fashion Designer Naima Bennis (1940-2008)

By M. Angela Jansen Visiting Scholar in the Research Department at the V&A The main aim of the Moroccan Fashion project  at the V&A is to establish a representative collection of Moroccan men and women’s urban fashion from the postcolonial period to the present. The 1960s and 70s especially have been a high priority area, […]

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Place and Repeat

In our January guest blog Intoart artist Ntiense Eno Amooquaye shares her current research and artistic development programme ‘Place and Repeat’. Six artists from Intoart are engaging with the V&A collections over seven months, Sept 2015– March 2016 to make new visual artwork that will be realised as unique fabric designs. The resulting printed fabrics will […]

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