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John Vernon Lord named winner of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year at the V&A Illustration Awards 2018

  The winners of the V&A Illustration Awards 2018 were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by the Museum on the evening of Tuesday 15 May. Each winner received £3,000, a trophy and certificate. Acclaimed illustrator, scholar and author, John Vernon Lord has been awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year award worth an […]

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My Life in Levi’s

Written by Alice Labourg, Volunteer                           I love the cut, shape, feel, colour and specific details of this particular pair of Levi’s. This is one of the last pairs of Levi’s 501 of that kind that I have. I bought them around 2005-06. […]

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The psychedelic Leman silk

Figure 2 - the Leman textile and the corresponding design next to one another

  Serendipity is a wonderful concept: it applies very clearly to the Leman Album, which has been discussed before in many other blog entries. We had already started our multidisciplinary investigation of the Album, when a length of brocaded silk, clearly made from one of Leman designs we own, was offered for sale to the […]

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Ocean Liners: Creating Life on Board

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style installation: ‘The Pool’

Lilia Prier Tisdall Textile Conservation Display Specialist   The list of costumes to be mounted for the exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed & Style seemed relatively small at 20 ensembles in comparison to some of our main shows, which can feature upwards of 200 textiles. Small, however, certainly does not mean straightforward; it was clear from […]

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The Royal Photographic Society Collection: What we have been up to…

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection was delivered to the V&A in 22 lorry loads over six weekends in February and March 2017. A year on, a lot has happened since this spectacular collection arrived…. Public Access Over 130 visitors have viewed objects from the RPS collection in the Prints and Drawing Study Room. The Study Room is […]

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Sound in Museums Part 3: Ten Golden Rules by Prof Eric De Visscher

Radio RT-20 (1963) (design by Dieter Rahm) Museum No: W.13-2007

As part of my tenure at VARI, two interdisciplinary workshops were held, gathering V&A staff members and practitioners from various fields. These workshops, pointing towards the concept of the multisensory museum, took place in the context of the V&A’s own plans in East London and acknowledge the growing presence of sonic thinking in contemporary culture. […]

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Printed spring fancies

We are now enjoying some of the changes brought about by the dawning of spring. Warmer temperatures and longer days finally seem to be on the agenda (fingers crossed moving forward!), as well as the prospect of flowers and plants literally “springing” into life in the gardens and parks all around us.   But how […]

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Tricks with Strings, guest blog by Rachel Warr

Tiller Clowes Troop puppets

The VARI Encounters on the Shop Floor project has a few small micro teams called Design Clusters, made up of creative individuals using different kinds of arts practices to investigate embodied knowledge.  That is, the knowledge and skills which can be found in our hands as much as in our brains – almost like an extension of muscle memory. One of […]

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Eco Doesn’t Mean Ugly – The Making of Mannequins

Written by Jade Wheeler, Marketing Manager at Proportion London.   Proportion London specialises in the design and manufacture of mannequins and bust forms. We were tasked with the exciting challenge of producing environmentally-friendly display figures to complement the focus on sustainability in Fashioned from Nature. Our long-standing relationship with the V&A enabled Proportion to work […]

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Nature in Focus

Written by Robert Auton, Photographer The extensive variety of collection objects at the V&A never fails to throw up interesting challenges for the photo studio, and the various Fashioned from Nature pieces certainly proved no different. In this blog I will try to shine some light upon a typical shoot here in South Kensington, any […]

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