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The Twelve Days of Christmas at Clothworkers’: Fabergé Egg Style Bag

Fabergé egg style bag with purse, mirror, and comb

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Six geese a-laying, Five gold rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.—“The Twelve Days of Christmas” This blog’s going to focus on an object connected to the laying aspect of the gift given […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas at Clothworkers’: Saint Laurent Dress with Gold-Coloured Rings

Gold-coloured rings on dress T.122:1-2009

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Five gold rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.—“The Twelve Days of Christmas” In this post I’ll be discussing this 1970s evening dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent which features not five, but […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas at Clothworkers’: Calling (?) Bird Chintz

Furnishing fabric depicting a bird-of-paradise

I’ve chosen this striking piece of printed cotton to represent the gifts given on the fourth day of Christmas, according to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”: On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. The […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas (Part 1) : A Visual Feast

This Christmas Blog is a visual celebration of the traditional song ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ illustrated with objects that are on display at the V&A or held within the Museum’s extraordinary collection. In Part 2 (Mirth without Mischief) I will take a look at the origins of this yuletide song and it’s first appearance […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas at Clothworkers’: French Lace Fichu

Close-up of the bees decorating this fichu

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.—“The Twelve Days of Christmas” For the third blog in my Twelve Days of Christmas at Clothworkers’ series I’m going to focus on this fichu (a small triangular covering worn over […]

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2017 at Digital Media – our year in product review

2017 has been an exciting year for Digital Media at the Museum. We’ve worked on some incredible products that cut across departments; we’ve worked with new software and hardware; we’ve led on a new mobile game for families as well as working with partners such as Google, Preloaded or Dotmailer.   Q: How did we […]

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Watery Wonders: Spectacular Aquatic Entertainment – Part 4, Still Making a Splash

In the last post of the series on the tradition of aquatic circus, Curator Cathy Haill looks at the water spectacles in modern circus. When architect Frank Matcham designed the interior of the London Hippodrome he was not without experience of a similar project. He had recently worked on the re-design of the interior of […]

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All we want for Christmas…

Christmas day is hot on our heels and with all the last-minute frenzy, we decided to keep things simple and ask our staff for some fail-safe gifting ideas. Brace yourself, their suggestions are so good we’re struggling not to raid the stock room.   https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/v-a-vestur-uglu-london-by-kristjana-s-williams-limited-edition-print-146510.html Nicola, Manager main shop “Who doesn’t love a map? I […]

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What V&A objects have you been searching for in 2017?

For your holiday reading, we present the 20 most common searches on our Search the Collections site this year (as of today – this post will be updated in the new year with final numbers). As noted last year, this list is of searches where visitors have typed the word directly into the search box […]

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V&A unveils new staff uniforms designed by Christopher Raeburn

Detail of new V&A uniform, designed by Christopher Raeburn. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It’s been a fantastically busy and exciting year at the V&A; the Museum’s immense creativity and reach has continued to flourish and grow. The wealth of remarkable ideas and objects found here at the V&A are embedded across everything we do. From our architecture, exhibitions and events, to our publications, retail and digital media, each […]

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