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Conservation and compromise: mounting eighteenth-century men’s dress

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Rachael Lee Textile Conservation Display Specialist   In July 2014, preparatory work began on the mounting of historical dress for the new Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. As part of V&A FuturePlan, around 1,100 objects of European art and design have been re-displayed in the restored south-east wing of the museum, featuring star pieces and new acquisitions […]

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Joubert Guest Post: Reading Joubert: Stop and Study the Roses

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Iris Moon is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute, New York.  She discovered Joubert while doing research on the Lyon silk industry for a new project on luxury during the French Revolution. She was happy to have the chance to discuss his book with specialists in textiles at the Courtauld […]

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Harold Cohen and ‘A Tapestry for Today’

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Guest blog by Joanna Weddell, who holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the V&A Museum and the University of Brighton researching Disseminating Design, a project on the post-war regional impact of the V&A Circulation Department. This blog commemorates the artist Harold Cohen (1928-2016). In 1968 the V&A Circulation Department (Circ) sent the travelling exhibition A Tapestry for Today to schools of […]

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Joubert: Anna Maria Garthwaite, and Women Working in Silk Design

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One of the most unusual, and refreshing aspects that I have found whilst reading Le Dessinateur are Joubert’s opinions on women being involved in the process of silk design, which he discusses in the introduction to the manual.  Working on the project has given me the opportunity to expand on my own research interests, which is why I found […]

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Joubert Guest Post: Joubert Manual: A Path to Textiles Comprehension

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This week’s blogpost is from another participant of the workshop – Moira Dato, who is a graduate of Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and is currently studying at the University of Glasgow. I discovered Joubert in the first year of my masters, through my research in secondary sources in which he was quoted numerous times: he […]

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Joubert: An Anglophile in Lyon

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As you know already, on 5th of March  we will be having a conference on Joubert and his influences here in London. It is not by chance that Joubert is brought back to life here in the UK. He actually had a strong connection to England. Despite his misfortune under Claude Pernon, Joubert was an acclaimed […]

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Joubert Guest Post: Embroidery Designs

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This week’s blog post comes from a participant from the workshop in December , Sarah Piettre, who is a graduate of the Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, and currently working at the Chanel archive. While studying my MA, I wrote my dissertation on the iconography of embroidered motifs which adorned male waistcoats from the late […]

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The Moroccan Fashion Designer Naima Bennis (1940-2008)

Female gandura (a garment that was initially only worn by men before Moroccan  fashion designers introduced it for women in elegant fabrics and colours), made of a fluid printed silk and decorated with characteristic loop braids called sfifa. Designed by Naima Bennis, c. 1970. V&;A: ME.16-2015

By M. Angela Jansen Visiting Scholar in the Research Department at the V&A The main aim of the Moroccan Fashion project  at the V&A is to establish a representative collection of Moroccan men and women’s urban fashion from the postcolonial period to the present. The 1960s and 70s especially have been a high priority area, […]

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Guest Post: Exhibition Designer Gitta Gschwendtner Reflects on a Job Well Done (and takes a video)

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Gitta Gschwendtner was the Exhibition designer for The Fabric of India, and worked with the V&A’s team over the past two years to design the delivery of the show. Gitta’s immersive design was integral to the show, and received rave reviews by industry professionals and visitors alike. She now takes a moment to reflect on her […]

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Joubert: An eighteenth century travel guide to Paris

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In our previous posts, we’ve introduced the workshop, and provided context on the book and its author. This is week is a bit of a departure from silk design, as it concerns Joubert’s advice on visiting Paris. Lyonnais silk designers such as Joubert were preoccupied with how best to respond to the demand from Paris – […]

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