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Well Heeled: Consolidating and stabilising a shoe sole

This shoe (T.143-1983) was made by Magli in cream patent leather with a polyurethane (ester) heel. The sole of the heel had become brittle and had broken into pieces. A tracing of the shape of the sole was taken to help fit the pieces together. Luckily most of the sole remained! A strong adhesive was […]

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All that glitters may well be golden

With the thrill of Christmas presents now a distant memory, it was with some additional excitement that we received this delivery from Dolce and Gabbana. The Italian designers have kindly donated an ensemble from their Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, a bejewelled tunic dress, crown and golden shoes. The V&A sometimes acquires objects for […]

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A Special Delivery

Museums like to shop too! These classic Italian driving moccasins arrived into the museum last week in this immaculate packaging. The V&A purchased the vibrant pair online, and like any other shopper we took our time selecting the most appealing shade and size. For many people the classic driving moccasin is synonymous with the Italian […]

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It’ll never last…. A Ferragamo patent shoe

Written by Sarah Glenn, Textile Conservator This Ferragamo ‘Vara’ pump shoe (T.91-1988) is going on display next year in The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014. Ferragamo patent leather shoe © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Made of patent leather in 1986, it has never been worn and has a perspex last (most likely the original […]

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Seeing the Unseen

Part of a Conservator’s job is to identify the materials used to create objects. One way of ‘seeing the unseen’ is by using X-radiography, which can reveal some interesting things about an object. X-rays can help to identify the construction, manufacturing techniques and materials of an object, which in turn helps to inform us about what […]

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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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