Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum The world's leading museum of art and design, and performance. Our collections are unrivaled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures.
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Throughout history, animals have been a reoccurring theme in jewellery design. From serpents and swans associated with G...
09/07/2021

Throughout history, animals have been a reoccurring theme in jewellery design. From serpents and swans associated with Gods from the Hellenistic period, to panthers and butterflies on modern day Cartier jewels.

Swipe to see some examples from our archives.

Don’t forget you can explore more from our collection in person this summer, book your free timed ticket: https://fal.cn/3gEfq

Anyone else seen the new Cruella movie yet? 🙋We’ve been taking a look through our fashion archives to find clothing insp...
08/07/2021

Anyone else seen the new Cruella movie yet? 🙋

We’ve been taking a look through our fashion archives to find clothing inspired by the animal kingdom, from spots, stripes and feathers. Which is your favourite?

Explore more in our fashion collection: https://fal.cn/3gCuG

Can you guess how pearls are formed? 🤔Surprisingly, these stunning items are created inside the shells of molluscs. Form...
07/07/2021

Can you guess how pearls are formed? 🤔

Surprisingly, these stunning items are created inside the shells of molluscs. Formed between six months to many years, pearls can come in many shapes and sizes. Swipe to see some breath-taking examples.

Explore more in our Jewellery collection: https://fal.cn/3gBgB

Who wants to know what exhibitions we have coming up? 🙋‍♀️ From fabulous fashions to looking at a global cultural phenom...
07/07/2021

Who wants to know what exhibitions we have coming up? 🙋‍♀️

From fabulous fashions to looking at a global cultural phenomenon, we are excited to announce a new programme of exhibitions for the next year.

Scroll through for a round-up of all that’s on the horizon...

#DidYouKnow the colours and motifs featured on kimono have complex layers of meaning? A popular inclusion on traditional...
06/07/2021

#DidYouKnow the colours and motifs featured on kimono have complex layers of meaning? A popular inclusion on traditional kimono designs is the Crane. Believed to live for a thousand years and to inhabit the land of the immortals, it is a symbol of longevity and good fortune.

Explore more kimonos in our collection: https://fal.cn/3gzu4

Fancy visiting wonderland? Want to know what makes Iran so epic? Or is it all about those bags? Grab yourself a ticket t...
06/07/2021

Fancy visiting wonderland? Want to know what makes Iran so epic? Or is it all about those bags? Grab yourself a ticket to one of our phenomenal exhibitions, with our resale tickets for the week ahead - available NOW.

Learn more about #TicketTuesdays : https://fal.cn/3gz6J

Lions and Tiger and Bears…oh my! 🦁A popular theme in medieval embroidery was the inclusion of animals and mythical creat...
05/07/2021

Lions and Tiger and Bears…oh my! 🦁

A popular theme in medieval embroidery was the inclusion of animals and mythical creatures. Lions, doves, and dragons would often feature, either as large decorative motifs or subtly incorporated into the borders. Sewn in glittering gold thread, encrusted with pearls, or intricately made from coloured silks, they demonstrate the creativity, skill, and humour of their medieval creators.

Learn More: https://fal.cn/3gyvm

05/07/2021

Fancy a ☕️

For this instalment of 'Animating Alice' we cordially invite you to the maddest tea party of them all.

Animated by @paolorussoanimation and produced by @ReformTheFunk - have a gander through wonderland

04/07/2021

From John Tenniel's timeless sketches to Mary Blairs iconic Disney designs, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has inspired creativity. In celebration of this and our Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition, we teamed up creative house Reform the Funk to give you 7 new enchanting interpretations of Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

Every fortnight we will share a different artists vision of Wonderland, all narrated by some familiar voices.

The adventure starts 5 July - learn more: https://fal.cn/3gwWf

And now for something hair-raising!Forget the 80s mullet... if you are looking to try out a new vintage haircut, then wh...
03/07/2021

And now for something hair-raising!

Forget the 80s mullet... if you are looking to try out a new vintage haircut, then why not go back all the way to the C.18th?

Try your hand at designing a wig with our game: https://fal.cn/3gwrQ

And now for something hair-raising!

Forget the 80s mullet... if you are looking to try out a new vintage haircut, then why not go back all the way to the C.18th?

Try your hand at designing a wig with our game: https://fal.cn/3gwrQ

02/07/2021
Friday Late: Le Gateau

Bringing baritone and sequins to our Raphael Gallery, this is our latest Friday Late commission from music and cabaret artist Le Gateau Chocolat. 'Echoes' is a performance film exploring the themes of melancholy, grief and ghosts. Head over to our YouTube to watch the film in full: https://fal.cn/3gvTu

Have you had a chance to visit us yet?We're not trying to give you FOMO, but the snaps from our visitors this week defin...
02/07/2021

Have you had a chance to visit us yet?

We're not trying to give you FOMO, but the snaps from our visitors this week definitely will! For your chance to feature, make sure you use #MyVAM.

Don't forget to book you free timed ticket: https://fal.cn/3gvBM

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#LetsdoLondon #RediscoverSouthKen

02/07/2021

How would you illustrate Alice?

Watch children's book illustrator Chris Riddell draw his version of the iconic 'Alice' characters

To celebrate #AlicesDay 3 July, we'd love for you to share your creations of the wonderful tale with us using #BeMoreAlice

Check out the full video: https://fal.cn/3gv2I

Let’s journey under the sea with #LetsMakeWednesdays activities! Explore wondrous sea creatures and use your imagination...
30/06/2021

Let’s journey under the sea with #LetsMakeWednesdays activities! Explore wondrous sea creatures and use your imagination to design your own sea critter. Then put on your designer hat and come up with an invention to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean: https://fal.cn/3gscq

Let’s journey under the sea with #LetsMakeWednesdays activities! Explore wondrous sea creatures and use your imagination to design your own sea critter. Then put on your designer hat and come up with an invention to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean: https://fal.cn/3gscq

30/06/2021
Introducing V&A East

In a few years’ time we’ll be opening two new sites in East London. Keep watching to find out more about V&A East.

The two new sites.
The new vision.
The artists and makers coming with us.

Find out more: https://fal.cn/3grZY

Engineering elegance. There are many influential designers, but Cristóbal Balenciaga literally changed the shape of wome...
29/06/2021

Engineering elegance. There are many influential designers, but Cristóbal Balenciaga literally changed the shape of women's fashion, using innovative pattern-cutting, new materials and bold architectural shapes.

Watch Molly Goddard, Gareth Pugh and Josep Font reveal how 'The Master' of couture has inspired their 21st-century design practice: https://fal.cn/3gqJJ

Engineering elegance. There are many influential designers, but Cristóbal Balenciaga literally changed the shape of women's fashion, using innovative pattern-cutting, new materials and bold architectural shapes.

Watch Molly Goddard, Gareth Pugh and Josep Font reveal how 'The Master' of couture has inspired their 21st-century design practice: https://fal.cn/3gqJJ

How well do think you know William Morris designs? 🤔Hugely influential, Morris' designs informed many interior trends of...
28/06/2021

How well do think you know William Morris designs? 🤔

Hugely influential, Morris' designs informed many interior trends of the mid-19th century, from wallpaper, fabrics, and tapestries. Can you tell which are original Morris designs from our collection and which are by his talented contemporaries?

Discover more in our collection: https://fal.cn/3gp9i

From fighting in the civil rights movement to transforming the music industry. The life and career of Mary Wilson was th...
27/06/2021

From fighting in the civil rights movement to transforming the music industry. The life and career of Mary Wilson was the true definition of the word trailblazer.

If you aren't already obsessed with her story learn more about her inspirational legacy: https://fal.cn/3gnI1

Yes, that's Elvis.                 And Dusty Springfield.                                            And Eartha Kitt.Oh-...
26/06/2021

Yes, that's Elvis.
And Dusty Springfield.
And Eartha Kitt.
Oh- and the Beatles!
These icons and many more were captured by Harry Hammond, the founding father of music photography.

Delve right into the rock 'n roll of the 1950s: https://fal.cn/3gncD

Our Glastonbury Weekender is officially ON😎. For the next 2 days we're all things Glasto;  experience installations, liv...
26/06/2021

Our Glastonbury Weekender is officially ON😎. For the next 2 days we're all things Glasto; experience installations, live concerts and 50 years of festival history in our museum.

Find out more: https://fal.cn/3gn6b

In partnership with @AHRCpress

Our Glastonbury Weekender is officially ON😎. For the next 2 days we're all things Glasto; experience installations, live concerts and 50 years of festival history in our museum.

Find out more: https://fal.cn/3gn6b

In partnership with @AHRCpress

It's showtime! ✨Check out these stunning glittering costumes worn by true icons of the stage and screen. Which one is yo...
25/06/2021

It's showtime! ✨

Check out these stunning glittering costumes worn by true icons of the stage and screen. Which one is your favourite?

Book your free, timed ticket and discover more from our permanent collection: https://fal.cn/3gmbd

1) Dress for Ginger Rodgers, 1944, Edith Head
2) Costume for Shirley Bassey, 1960s, Douglas Darnell,
2) Costume for Elton John, 1974, Bill Whitten

The ballet world has warmly embraced Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. Here’s Bob Crowley’s costume for the Mad Hatter, ins...
24/06/2021

The ballet world has warmly embraced Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. Here’s Bob Crowley’s costume for the Mad Hatter, inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelic 1960s style 🎩

Designed for choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's 2010 production at the @royaloperahouse, where the Mad Hatter performed tap dances in homage to Gene Kelly.

Book now for Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser : #BeMoreAlice

https://fal.cn/3gkys

23/06/2021

And now for something soothing...

Our Tapestry gallery boasts some of the best acoustics in the building. Watch soprano singer Lesley Garrett put it to the test.

Although the gallery is temporarily closed, you can still learn more about the collection here: https://fal.cn/3giTn

22/06/2021

Enjoy the sights, sounds and history of Glastonbury, without the uncomfortable ⛺️.

In partnership with AHRC relive 50 years of the world’s most iconic festival with a series of performances, displays, installations and conferences both online and at the museum: https://fal.cn/3ggJ4

21/06/2021

Calling all aspiring artists and designers 📣 We're excited to join with Buckingham Palace for a special competition to design an original emblem to celebrate Her Majesty's historic 70-year reign. Entry is open to young people between 13-25 from across the UK.

👑Find out more, ​competition closes on 16 July 2021: http://vam.ac.uk/info/the-platinum-jubilee-emblem-competition

#PlatinumJubilee #JubileeEmblem

21/06/2021

Have you discovered our ASMR series yet?

Our world class Theatre and Performance collection houses props and costumes from some of the most iconic moments in film, dance, theatre, opera and music history.

Experience the collection in an entirely new way: https://fal.cn/3gfoC

The son of a Hugenot refugee, Isaac Oliver was known for his naturalistic style of painting portrait miniatures. The ide...
20/06/2021

The son of a Hugenot refugee, Isaac Oliver was known for his naturalistic style of painting portrait miniatures. The identity of the sitters displayed here are unknown, but Oliver's skill perfectly captures their essence.

The Rococo style is characterised by its flamboyance and asymmetric patterns. First popular in France, Rococo began to a...
19/06/2021

The Rococo style is characterised by its flamboyance and asymmetric patterns. First popular in France, Rococo began to appear in English design in the 1730s, with refugee artists and craftspeople from France playing a key role in its adoption.

Discover more from our collection: https://fal.cn/3gda0

Opening this weekend!! 🎉 Our new 'Design: 1900 – Now' gallery will house our world-leading collection of modern and cont...
18/06/2021

Opening this weekend!! 🎉

Our new 'Design: 1900 – Now' gallery will house our world-leading collection of modern and contemporary design. Explore over 250 objects and discover how design plays a pivotal role in our society.

Find out more and book your free, timed ticket: https://fal.cn/3gcpq

Opening this weekend!! 🎉

Our new 'Design: 1900 – Now' gallery will house our world-leading collection of modern and contemporary design. Explore over 250 objects and discover how design plays a pivotal role in our society.

Find out more and book your free, timed ticket: https://fal.cn/3gcpq

18/06/2021

We've loved welcoming back visitors over the past few weeks and from the photos you've shared it looks like you've loved being back too! We've rounded up our favourites 📷

Don't forget we are now open Wednesday - Sunday. Book your free timed tickets: https://fal.cn/3gc2S

#LetsDoLondon

Most famous for his vivid illustrations for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', John Tenniel's drawings continue to insp...
17/06/2021

Most famous for his vivid illustrations for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', John Tenniel's drawings continue to inspire the world.

However, with a career spanning over 50 years, there is more to Tenniel than 'Alice', explore his life and works: https://fal.cn/3g9WC

Discover our latest V&A Family Trail, ‘Refugee Stories’ created as part of #RefugeeWeek2021. Explore the museum through ...
17/06/2021

Discover our latest V&A Family Trail, ‘Refugee Stories’ created as part of #RefugeeWeek2021.

Explore the museum through six hand-selected objects, celebrating the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees throughout history.

Find out more: https://fal.cn/3g9fh

Discover our latest V&A Family Trail, ‘Refugee Stories’ created as part of #RefugeeWeek2021.

Explore the museum through six hand-selected objects, celebrating the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees throughout history.

Find out more: https://fal.cn/3g9fh

With weather like this, don't you wish you were also being serenaded and served fresh fruit under a tree like these 16th...
16/06/2021

With weather like this, don't you wish you were also being serenaded and served fresh fruit under a tree like these 16th century Iranian princes? 🍇🍈🎻

This is an exquisite example of Iranian book binding. See it up close in the Epic Iran exhibition. Book now: https://fal.cn/3g7Aj

With weather like this, don't you wish you were also being serenaded and served fresh fruit under a tree like these 16th century Iranian princes? 🍇🍈🎻

This is an exquisite example of Iranian book binding. See it up close in the Epic Iran exhibition. Book now: https://fal.cn/3g7Aj

We interrupt your day to bring you some ✨Take a closer look at these stunning objects by master goldsmith Carl Faberge. ...
15/06/2021

We interrupt your day to bring you some ✨

Take a closer look at these stunning objects by master goldsmith Carl Faberge. His timeless designs became internationally recognised for their craftsmanship and elegance.

Tickets for our upcoming Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution exhibition will be on sale soon, in the meantime, explore more in our collection: https://fal.cn/3g6nS

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Tube: Five minutes from South Kensington Tube Station. South Kensington is on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line, five minutes from Victoria, 10 minutes from the West End. The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge Tube Station and Harrods. Buses: C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2012.

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