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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 80

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 80 Something fresh for the weekend! It may not be the history or the popularity of a place that catches my eye.  It may be purely for the way it looks. What’s not to love, the name, the font, the old phone number, the juxtaposition […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 71

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 71 Really moving to the upper echelons of The Tower now. Fashion. Responsible for bringing Punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream. She made clothes for ‘SEX'; Malcolm McLaren’s shop on the King’s Road. She opened 4 further shops in London, eventually expanding to […]

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Event Round-Up

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We’re very lucky at the V&A to have the details of inspiring and exciting events shared with us regularly, and we thought we might use this week’s post to pass these opportunities on to you. Over the coming weeks, you may find us at any of the following – we encourage you to come along […]

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

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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

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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

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  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

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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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A very brief history of staying dry

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

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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Fashioning Professionals: Reflections on a Symposium

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

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  .   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

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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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