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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.59

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.59 The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.59 Since we’re having such fun in Soho, we have been to an art gallery, we’ve bought some porn mags I think we ought to stay here, time to smarten up. This is a wonderful little […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.53

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.53 Marking a big day today for anyone with a 4 year old.  Find out about primary school places today.  One place we won’t be going to for school uniform is school wear shop on Hoe St, Walthamstow, sadly closed down not too long ago.  Established in […]

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Concept to Catwalk Final at the Olympic Park

  Last week, students from across London displayed designs inspired by London and V&A at a glamorous event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With close to a thousand students entering the competition, seven finalist teams worked with mentors from Central Saint Martins’ MA Material Futures to create stunning pieces that brought together London influences, […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 50

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 50 Savile Row today and to the shop that has been in the same family for 5 generations, originally specialising in military uniforms including The Battle of Waterloo, made suits for Winston Churchill who bought his first suit from them over 100 years ago but […]

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E.1240-1931 Poster No Wet - No Cold; 'No Wet - No Cold'. Colour lithograph poster with a stylised graphic design of umbrellas, advertising the London Underground Railways. Designed by Manner and issued by the Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd., 1929. Manner Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd. London 1929 Colour lithograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A very brief history of staying dry

As I said in the first post, to stay dry is a very human wish (unless of course you subscribe to the ‘aquatic ape’ theory put forward by some natural historians); so how did people keep the rain off in the olden days?     There is evidence that aboriginal Americans were the first true […]

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Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991).

Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948.

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Fashioning Professionals: Reflections on a Symposium

  .   Photo: Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991), Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948, Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.  What does it mean to be seen and represented as a ‘creative professional’? This was the question we set out to address on Friday 27th March at a symposium hosted by the V&A Research Department […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.32

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.32 Kosher wine shop in Golders Green NW11 but who could the cardboard cutout be of in the top right window????   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.31

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.31 We’ve been languishing nearer the base of the Tower for a while now so I think it’s time for another trip up west and up to the top of The Tower. In celebration of the much lauded Savage Beauty exhibition let’s go to Sloane St […]

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MISC.215:1-1988; Red rubber wellington boots; Dunlop, ca. 1959. Held by the Museum of Childhood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Forecasting rain

    The V&A’s Textiles and Fashion collection holds tens of thousands of objects and is one of the most comprehensive collections of its type in the world. Researching this huge collection is one of the greatest pleasures of my job but, being a busy boy, I cannot devote as much time to research as […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.20

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.2 It’s Friday! I’m sure a few of us will be squeezing in a takeaway tonight or grabbing something on the way back from the pub, but I implore you, please, when in East Ham, do not try to buy a British designed Japanese inspired jacket… […]

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