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Conserving a Dutch Table Carpet

Today we have another guest entry by Katy Smith, one of the V&A’s Textile Conservators who has been doing sterling work on objects that will be displayed in the new galleries. The smallest of all the tapestries being prepared for the Europe galleries is a Dutch ‘table carpet’ (V&A T.279-1927). The name is deceptive, technically it […]

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Considerations on a Handkerchief

At the start of December I introduced you to one of my (many) ‘favourite’ objects that will be on display in the new galleries – a handkerchief with a design commemorating the first manned, hydrogen-filled, balloon flight, that ascended from the Tuileries Palace on 1st December 1783. The handkerchief design obviously encourages discussion and consideration […]

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Flying High – 230 Years Ago Today

‘All the Conversation here at present turns upon the Balloons’  Benjamin Franklin (France, 1783) Our galleries cover a period that witnessed many great scientific and technological discoveries and achievements. One of the most visually spectacular of these was the development of balloon flight. Ballooning was a scientific feat that caught popular imagination across Europe in […]

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Liberty

Liberty’s department store provides me with a haven in busy central London. I could spend hours in their haberdashery department admiring their distinctive printed fabrics or looking at the interiors of their ‘Tudor’ building . I was, therefore, delighted when I found out that The Cult of Beauty exhibition, which is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will have further support from Liberty. A couple of weeks ago, as part of a press tour, I visited the store and met Liberty’s archivist who showed us some sample books containing Aesthetic fabrics . Liberty played a vital role in popularising …

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Introducing the team

Only two months to the opening of Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 – the V&A’s special exhibition for Autumn 2010 – so started my blog. Hope to give you an insight into the run up to a major exhibition here, and an idea of some of the challenges we face. And of course we hope you will want to come to the show itself! It’s a rare opportunity and it’s unlikely that many of the exhibits will be seen again here for many years. But first the team. I’ve been the V&A’s Curator of dance …

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Photoplastic Protoplasm

The following is our first student 'guest post,' submitted by Ann Christie … enjoy! I’m one of the students on the MA in History of Design at the V&A/RCA and just starting to research textile production at the turn of the twentieth century for the dissertation next year. One of the sources for this research is the pattern books which survive in the archives of many textile manufacturers. Before I started research I imagined pattern books would generally equate to the manufacturers’ books of swatches a customer today can use to view a range of available fabrics. But in fact …

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