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The V&A's reserve collection store at Blyth House in Olympia was the setting for Artangel's intriguing 2010 installation incorporating mysterious text definitions by Adam Phillips alongside artworks conceived by Judith Clark/

Set in the working store for the V&A’s vast reserve collections, The Concise Dictionary of Dress began with a journey through a turnstile, into an industrial goods lift and up to the first in a sequence of  definitions in a walk-through dictionary of dress.

Cast objects and photographs, tableaux of clothing and accessories were arranged amongst the rolling racks and wrapped objects stored at Blythe House, the former headquarters of the Post Office Savings Bank in Olympia, west London. The anatomy of the building revealed surreal and evocative interventions in unexpected places; metaphors of repression and ceremony; fragments of the clothed body briefly glimpsed.

Commissioned by Artangel, The Concise Dictionary of Dress re-described clothing in terms of anxiety, wish and desire, as a series of definitions created by psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and accompanying installations designed and assembled by fashion curator Judith Clark.

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Dictionary of Children's Clothes: 1700s to Present

Dictionary of Children's Clothes: 1700s to Present

Over the last 300 years, children's clothing has witnessed a gradual shift from dressing children to adult requirements, in multiple layers and formal…

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International Training Course

The Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one week intensive course. This is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

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Event - Gallery Talk: Japanese Dress

Thu 03 December 2015 13:00–14:00

GALLERY TALK: To mark the re-opening of the Toshiba Gallery, curator Anna Jackson will explore fashionable dress in Japan from the sophisticated kimono of the 18th and 19th century to the Lolita styles of today.

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