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Design The World session 1 - participant photograph
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Design the World – big ambitions for Sunday afternoons

Working every day in a storehouse of treasures never tires and neither does thinking of ways to use them in our workshops. Design the World is a project with an ambitious title but it also hints at the potential of the Museum’s collections and connects objects inside the building with the world outside the building. […]

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A Surrey Cottage, 1880, watercolour by Helen Allingham. Courtesy of Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

Cottage Gardens: Fact or Fiction?

by Sophie Foan   The English are well known for their love of gardening. From village flower and produce shows to inner city allotments, evidence of this is manifest nationwide. The public have long enjoyed visiting the gardens of grand country houses made accessible by the National Trust, and programmes such as Gardener’s World are […]

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Photographic negative, Harry Hammond, 1998 © Victoria and Albert Museum

Speed Resident Vincent Larkin looks at the Harry Hammond Photographic Collection

As part of Vincent Larkin’s Speed Residency there is a performance tomorrow evening, Friday the 7th of November, at 19.30. The event is free to drop in to and features a four-piece band from North London, Showman’s Wagon. Details can be found here.   A few selections from the Harry Hammond photographic collection and some […]

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Speed Residency update from Vincent Larkin

Vincent is coming to the end of his two week residency slot in the studio, and below he shares his thoughts on his time here, as well as some great photos of his work in progress. * There’s a great deal of energy to this space and the galleries. All of these objects and stories […]

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‘A Confusing Welcome’, 2010. RCA Graduation Show.
Photo: Ester Segarra

Meet the New Artists in Residence

October brings falling leaves and chilly nights but for us it also means new residents! We would like to introduce six (yes, six!) residents who will be drawing inspiration from the Museum collections during the next six months. Matthew Raw October 2014 – March 2015 Supported by Jeremy and Margaret Strachan Matthew Raw is an […]

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Poppy King views photograph of Muriel Maxwell © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The role of beauty in Horst’s photographs

Fascinated with the power of lipstick, Poppy King (Founder of Lipstick Queen) visits the exhibition and discusses the subject of beauty captured in many of Horst’s photographs. The unfolding narrative of female beauty is one written by forces within and forces without. A good photographer can capture one or other, only great photographers capture both. […]

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Whiteladies House. W.3-1937 (c) V&A Museum, London

Illuminating dolls’ houses

Lighting is vital for creating a particular atmosphere at home. Do you want it to be rich or minimal, soft and warm or stark and clinical? Developing our approach to lighting our dolls’ houses, we had to balance safety and protection for these treasured historic museum objects, with finding the right interpretive light effects to bring each […]

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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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Dresses by Molyneux and Maggy Rouff in the Textiles Conservation Studio

A tight installation schedule!

Given we have nine days to hang a two gallery show, object installation is planned down to the hour. A team of six skilled V&A technicians will hang over 300 framed works by Horst and his contemporaries, including a series of 25 large scale colour prints, reproduced from original transparencies. As a photography novice I […]

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'After' Dress by Hattie Carnegie, modelled by Carmen Dell'Orefice

Guest Contributor: Shawn Waldron, Archive Director at Condé Nast

In the decade following WWII, Horst shot hundreds of color fashion photographs for Vogue. Exhibition Curator Susanna Brown rightfully felt the V&A retrospective would not be complete without examples of the work on display. The magazine engravers worked directly from the original 10×8 chromes with no print required. With no vintage print to show, the […]

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