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10 things we’ve learnt from a history of an OBJECT in 100 worlds

‘Your Victory Jumper’, knitting pattern, published in Home Notes magazine on 2 June 1945. Archive of Art and Design © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

With the last of the Object Pitch Days on the blog, and before the next stage of the project is announced, it seems an opportune moment to take stock of what we’ve already learnt from a history of an OBJECT in 100 worlds… 1.Never ever lend anything to Tony Robinson (aka Baldrick from Blackadder). Ken […]

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Trench coats: from real mud to Nostalgia of Mud

Raincoat 'Witches' 1983 Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren Given by David Barber, in memory of Rupert Michael Dolan T.268:1, 2-1991 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Rustic’ linen smock-shirts were worn by farmhands well into the 19th century. These garments were woven in such a way that they would shrink and tighten when damp, giving them a degree of water resistance: this is also the principle on which gabardine works. Gabardine was invented by Thomas Burberry, who patented it in 1879. With […]

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A Room with a View

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Back in February, after months (really years) of preparation, the V&A formally announced The Fabric of India to the press. Rosemary and Divia spoke with a number of journalists about all the spectacular objects that will be in the show – from Tipu Sultan’s 18th century tent to Manish Arora’s latest designs.  But one piece in particular got maybe […]

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Out On Display #18: Tom of Finland

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    Tom of Finland stamps Postage stamps, offset lithography Designed by Timo Berry, 2014 Given by Andrei Korepanov CD.55:1-2014 On display in room 74A   Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) was the creator of some of the most enduring and erotic drawings of gay male life in the 20th century. Since his work burst onto […]

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Unsung Artists : May Morris (1862-1938)

Photograph of May Morris by Frederick Hollyer

One of the best things about working on the Factory project is the range of different artists and designers that we come across while cataloguing. The V&A’s collection of works on paper is huge (741,000 objects and counting!) and amongst the famous names like Constable and Raphael, there are a wealth of fascinating and talented […]

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Toshiba Gallery – From Renovation to Innovation

Japanese print by Shigenobu (Hiroshige II) depicting Nakano Street in the Yoshiwara district of Edo (Tokyo) during cherry blossom season.

The Japanese concept of ‘mono no aware’ is central to Japanese aesthetics. It is usually translated as ‘the pathos of things’ and is used to describe the beauty of the ephemeral. The cherry blossom, which blooms for only a few weeks, is highly valued in Japan because of its transience. It is fitting that as […]

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Why the V&A Gay and Lesbian Tour is Essential

Glynn Christian in front of Giambologna's Samson Slaying a Philistine at the V&A

Dan Vo examines how the V&A’s new LGBTQ Tour came to be, and why it is needed. My eye scans down the poster and is drawn to a rather handsome tail on the letter Q. The notice is headed ‘V&A Tours and Talks’, and the line I am reading says, ‘16.00 LGBTQ Tour (last Saturday […]

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In the Thick of It

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What a month it has been! To all who missed a blog post last week, we can only apologise. We were all simply swamped! Over the past few weeks we’ve been working hard to complete the first draft of the exhibition label text, sort layout issues, make final changes to the book design, and take […]

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The Damascus Room is ready to receive visitors!

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The Damascus Room display was ready just in time to coincide with yesterday’s conference, Culture in Crisis. We thought you might like to see how we put the display together! First, Phil Collett and Keith Hartnell from the Museum’s Print Unit installed the graphics. The watercolour sketch we have used as a contextual image for […]

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How to get your Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ticket

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Worried that you don’t have a chance of seeing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty? Heard rumours of sold out tickets? Never fear, just follow our handy guide for buying and you’ll soon have your ticket to the hottest exhibition in town. Buy online While many of the early dates have sold out online, do not despair. […]

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