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Entrance to the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition, Barbican.

The Uncanny World of John Paul Gaultier

On a recent research trip to the Barbican I had what was both a fascinating and rather uncomfortable experience visiting the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The opening text for the exhibition does much to hint at the unique world you are about to walk into. Gaultier is […]

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Glass, the stem twisted and tooled with incorporated white and red threads, produced in the Netherlands, 17th Century, C.135-1956. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Researcher’s Struggle

Post written by Michael McShane – Work Experience Report 23rd – 27th July 2014 Spending a week of work experience in the research department of the Victoria and Albert museum has certainly been a new experience for me, and an enriching insight into what goes on behind the scenes at one of the most prestigious […]

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Hippies and their horse at the first festival

The V&A and Glastonbury Festival – Sounds bizarre?

If you search the V&A’s collections for ‘Glastonbury’ you get an earthenware bowl, a woollen coat, a pair of chairs by the great 19th-century designer Pugin and some atmospheric photographs of the ruined Abbey. No famous musicians, no maps of stages and loos, no protest posters, no wellies, no mud. All that is about to […]

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Marni box, with ‘MARNI’ label

To Keep or not to Keep

As the Research Department Administrator it is not often that I get the opportunity to delve into the depths of the V&A stores but I recently had the chance to do just that in the old Textiles and Fashion stores. Lucia Savi and Luisa Coscarelli, the Research Assistant and Intern on the Glamour of Italian […]

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How many miles a curator must walk down … The Making of Italian Fashion

The title of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 suggests a wide scope in terms of chronology as well as geographical location. The curator of the exhibition Sonnet Stanfill and I travelled frequently to Italy and beyond to conduct research in national museums, private archives, designer archives, theatre collections, textile factories, and many […]

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‘Visionaries’ Podcast Series Launches

As part of a broader research project about ‘the history of the future’, the V&A organised a series of workshops funded by the AHRC to explore the materiality, trends and designs of the future. The workshops gathered together radically progressive individuals who are reimagining innovation in their field in an attempt to discover the emerging […]

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The V&A Launches a Series of Free Podcasts

The V&A has launched a fortnightly series of podcasts revealing the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum. Topics range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft. Hosted by the V&A’s Head of Research, Glenn Adamson, each podcast lasts around […]

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