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English leather buff coat, 1640-1650, t.34-1948. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

In The Buff

The Military Buff coat: A haptic experience During my time as an MA student on the V&A/RCA History of Design course I came across a word, haptic, that has fascinated me ever since. Both its sound when spoken and its meaning have resonated with me since I first heard the word and has often shaped my […]

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Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini wears an evening gown designed by Biki to the party which opened the V&A exhibition.

Collector in Profile: Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini

Throughout my 15 years as fashion curator at the V&A, I’ve met a number of collectors-a dedicated and passionate group, often deeply knowledgeable about their subject and determined to buy the best. While I was in the process of curating the V&A exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1946-2014 (5 April-23 July, 2014), I was […]

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'Ajrakh' Jacket designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh. Linen, 2010. Museum no. IS.27-2012. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Fashionable Fabric

One of our aims in this exhibition is to reveal new aspects of Indian textiles and fashion. It may come as a surprise to many that India has a dynamic fashion industry which maintains a continuity to India’s textile traditions. An exciting feature of The Fabric of India will be a showcase of some of the most imaginative […]

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1.4.10. Benares Sari (IM 5-1943) detail

The Fabric of India

Welcome to our blog on the V&A’s forthcoming exhibition The Fabric of India. It’s now a year away, but preparations are well underway for what promises to be not only a beautiful and dramatic show but also a major landmark in the study and display of the subject. Focussing on hand-made textiles, the exhibition will […]

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T-Shirts 101

The T-shirt is one of the world’s most ubiquitous garments, produced for both the high street and haute couture. It is 101 years since it was officially recognised as outerwear, and on the 2nd September the V&A opened a small display in its fashion galleries, drawing from the extensive collection of T-shirts in the Textiles […]

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Researching & Writing a Gallery Book: The Pains of Editing

Today we have a second guest post from Kirsty, a student on placement from the University of Glasgow. Another aspect of my research for the gallery book concentrated on the shops and guilds which were a major aspect of commerce in the eighteenth century. I chose to look at a mixture of source material. One of the […]

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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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T.399&a-1974 Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress and Jacket with gilt embroidery mounted for ‘Horst Photographer of Style’ on a full figure Proportion Ltd mannequin.

Style Never Goes Out of Fashion

The photographs in the exhibition will be supplemented by a selection of 9 ensembles showcasing the work of designers that collaborated with Horst. These include some of the most prominent and influential fashion designers of the 1930s, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet. For the 9 exquisite ensembles, some of which have […]

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Apron worn to de-install The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014. Photograph © Sadie Hough, 2014

Pockets of Glamour

As the last vestiges of Italian glamour are obscured by tissue and Tyvek, and packed away ready for the first venue of an American tour, I am reminded of the role that clothing plays in getting a job done. At the V&A, the periods in which exhibitions are installed and then eventually taken down are characterised by increased […]

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Pattern for a Chesterfield coat, ca.1911 - ca.1928. Archive of Art and Design, AAD/2008/10/1/5/3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

WW1 Era Clothing: Archive of Art and Design Resources for Re-enactors and Costumers

The centenary of the beginning of World War One this year has inspired re-enactors and costumers to take up their needles and explore the clothing of the period. I’d have been tempted to join in myself if I wasn’t suffering from sewing fatigue from my last project, a 1760s Rococo sacque back gown, which was […]

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