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Constable’s Quill

Did Constable use a steel nibbed pen? a reed, or a quill for his ink drawings? Sometimes, preparing the prints, drawings and paintings for an exhibition gives us a good opportunity to start to ponder these kinds of questions… Looking at the back of Constable’s Study of Poppies (Paintings Conservation interns, Arabella and Morgan talked about this work in our […]

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THE END

Yes. We’re nearly there. Five months have flown by and the clock says only 40 hours left until we open the doors to our London Design Festival display. ‘Dream-Land’ means a great deal to us, as it will be our very last work made under the moniker The T/Shirt Issue. With this last installation we […]

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Digital Design Weekend events you shouldn’t miss this year!

London Design Festival is coming back to the V&A soon and with it our annual Digital Design Weekend! The museum will be filled with activities for the curious, designers, students, hackers, makers and families and it is also a chance to see LDF’s installations before the end of the festival. Now in it’s fourth year, […]

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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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Week 24: Sit Down and Sew

The interface we use to stiffen the fabric serves as the backbone of the eventual piece, making all the difference in its precision. How many hands does it take to translate thousands of laser-cut polygons onto fabric? Well, at least an extra 10. A few to iron the interface onto the jersey, a few more […]

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Steel buttons: Coup de Bouton, etching by William Humphrey, c. 1777. Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

The Brown Suit: Coup de Bouton!

In my last post I mentioned how ‘Anglomania’ influenced the adoption of darker colours for men’s daytime clothing among the middle and upper classes in late 18th-century France. This move towards a more somber palette brought about a dependency on buttons to create the maximum sartorial impact. A basic rule often seeming to be ‘the […]

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Discovering legacies at the V&A: Fred Rowley

When I first started as the V&A’s Legacies Manager just over a year ago, I quickly became aware of how lucky I was to be in this role.  Every day I discover something new about the Museum – from the rare and often unique objects that are left to us, to the fascinating stories of […]

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Carmen Dell’Orefice’s speech at the opening of Horst: Photographer of Style

Reputable image and style makers from across London displayed their admiration for master photographer Horst P.Horst last night by attending the definitive retrospective exhibition of his work – Horst: Photographer of Style. Carmen Dell’Orefice, the iconic model who worked with Horst from 1946, opened the exhibition with Condé Nast’s International President and V&A Trustee, Nicholas […]

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Skeletons in the vaults; or, the V&A bone collectors

The Archive’s S.Ex register makes for interesting reading – but not for the reason its suggestive title may have duped us momentarily into thinking! S.Ex (or School Examples) objects were acquired for the V&A’s Circulation Department between 1882 and 1892, and used largely for still life cases, modelling or anatomical study. Of the approximately 1,200 […]

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Aureus coin of Emperor Hadrian

Out On Display #1: Hadrian and Antinous

Welcome to ‘Out in the Museum'; the V&A’s new blog series on all things LGBTQ+! We’ll be covering art, history, museum events and advocacy. Your comments and feedback are welcomed. This is the first in a regular series of posts on objects in our collection with LGBTQ+ histories.   Coin, head of the Emperor Hadrian […]

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