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Workshops

Throughout the project we have been consulting with our peers in the V&A and external specialists.  One of the most effective ways of doing so has been through holding a series of workshops. These enable us to have detailed discussions focused on specific areas of the galleries and their development. They usually last for either […]

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Handing Over the Gallery Space

Since decanting the galleries in 2011, we have made practical use of the emptied gallery spaces for many mock-ups (see previous post). Others within the museum have also found it a useful (and inspirational) space – as shown by the galleries’ metamorphosis into a set for a sci-film by artist in residence Hayley Nebauer! ©Air […]

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Clothworkers': Treatments for Spinal Injuries

Some of our more contemplative readers might be interested to learn that the Clothworkers’ Centre will also be home to more than eight-hundred pattern books and swatches. The majority of these are held by the Textiles and Fashion section, though there will also be a good number from our colleagues in the Asian Department. The […]

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Mock-ups

Mock-ups follow pin-ups in our schedule. They have been one of the most important activities in helping us to arrive at our final selection of museum objects to be displayed in the galleries. They are occasions where we bring together the museum objects that have been selected to feature in a specific display and lay […]

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Clothworkers': Putting the Boots In

I covered headwear a couple of posts ago, so logically it must be time to turn our sartorially-peckish peepers to the ticklish bases of our pillars of flesh and blood and bone: the feet. VERY natty boots (T.110:1, 2-1993) © Victoria & Albert Museum, London The V&A’s shoe collection is very large and very expansive. […]

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Brainstorms & Pin-Ups

The ideas and messages that are shaping the content of the galleries have been informed and developed using a number of processes. Two key activities that were established in the early days of the project are ‘Brainstorm Meetings’ and ‘Pin-Ups’. Europe Brainstorm Team The Europe Brainstorm Team is an expert group of twenty-five curatorial and […]

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Clothworkers': A Designer for Every Day of the Year

Possibly the greatest benefit of the move to Blythe House, at least from the point of view of managing the collection, is that we are able to organise objects along more logical lines. Earlier this month I conducted a visual audit of our women’s twentieth-century fashion collection, with a view to establishing how many individual designers are represented, and how much space each would need at Blythe.

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Starting to Select the Objects

The majority of our work is not as dramatically visible as the decanting and stripping out of the galleries. The main hub of activity has been happening outside the galleries – in offices, store rooms, libraries, archives and conservation studios. Here we research, develop and refine new content for the galleries.

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Clothworkers': Une tête de papier

By William Newton, Assistant Curator, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion.For anyone who saw the Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones exhibition at the V&A a few years back, you will already have been invested with the ill-kept secret that the Museum has one of the finest collections of millinery in the world.

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Clothworkers': Hanging

By William Newton, Collections Management Assistant, Clothworkers' Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation.

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