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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 123

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 123 I’m in Italy and it’s the last day of shoes so we go to possibly the king of women’s shoes.  Born in Romagna, Italy (a region very close to my heart) in the 1930’s and inheriting his father’s tools and artisan traditions, Rossi worked through […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 122

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 122 Shoes Shoes Shoes (& Boots) not just fashion 129 Whitechapel Road E1 today and we’re off to buy some work clothes. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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From Feathers to Fascinators: Part Three

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 Hat of marabou feathers with metal and L.E.D light system, made by David Shilling, 1996. Museum number: T.456-1996

Jenna Banat is a volunteer in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department here at the V&A. In the third in a series of three blog posts, Jenna is going to take a look at some examples of feather hats in our collection. Some Ascot hats are a celebration of traditional styles; others are designed to […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 121

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 121 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush today and a specialist in Italian and Spanish footwear. Not much to say about this except that it is the sort of shop I love, the one that is overlooked, dismissed for being neither derelict and edgy or being beautiful or […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 120

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 120 Oooohhhh Bespoke Shoes! Nice. Dawes Road, Fulham today and we’re with Tony.  Must be beautiful to have a pair of bespoke shoes. Top or bottom though? The question is – Is this shop now closed or was it temporarily shut? If it is it really […]

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From Feathers to Fascinators: Part Two

Kiss of Death Bonnet: Black satin bonnet with pheasant feathers, designed by Jo Gordon, Britain, 1994. Museum number: T.139-1996.

Jenna Banat is a volunteer in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department here at the V&A. In the second in a series of three blog posts, Jenna is going to take a look at some examples of feather hats in our collection. During the twentieth century, the ideal image for women was to look delicate […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 119

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 119 Continuing our shoe journey through London with this chic shop on Maddox Street off Bond St. Ladies’ favourite Charlotte Olympia with it’s cat motive and fun bags. I did some filming in here with a friend who described shoe shopping like candy buying for grown […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 118

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 118 Shoes – a jaunt around some of London’s shoe emporiums for the next few days. There is something distinctly unique about buying new shoes. What is it about new shoes? I remember s a child putting a pair of new trainers next to my bed […]

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The art and craft of shoes

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I thought it was important to give shoe designers and shoe makers a voice, to let them talk about their visions and craft in the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, and not only have their end products on show. How do you make shoes? How do you come up with new ideas for shape and […]

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What to wear when you don’t have a halo

278:3, cutting from a choir book, initial D with a miniature of St. Agnes. Germany, 15th century. © V&A Museum.

Sometimes, when looking through medieval manuscripts, it seems that everyone is wearing a halo – page after page of holy families, saints and virgin martyrs! This beautiful image of Saint Agnes (with her lamb) has beautiful flowing hair, a shimmering halo, and a heavenly crown. But a mere mortal woman could not copy this look. […]

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