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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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Today marks the start of #RefugeeWeek2021.  This year’s theme, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ aims to build connections between ...
14/06/2021

Today marks the start of #RefugeeWeek2021.

This year’s theme, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ aims to build connections between networks and causes, coming together to create long-lasting change.

From inspiring online workshops, self-guided object trails and pop-up displays, find out more about our programme: https://fal.cn/3g41y

#RefugeeWeek2021 #WeCannotWalkAlone

Today marks the start of #RefugeeWeek2021.

This year’s theme, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ aims to build connections between networks and causes, coming together to create long-lasting change.

From inspiring online workshops, self-guided object trails and pop-up displays, find out more about our programme: https://fal.cn/3g41y

#RefugeeWeek2021 #WeCannotWalkAlone

Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden was one of the earliest gay photographers of the male n**e. Often capturing romanticised scene...
13/06/2021

Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden was one of the earliest gay photographers of the male n**e. Often capturing romanticised scenes of pastoral life, Von Gloeden's work is remarkable not only for its proud ho******ic content in a sexually conservative era, but for its technical innovations in outdoor photography.

Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden was one of the earliest gay photographers of the male n**e. Often capturing romanticised scenes of pastoral life, Von Gloeden's work is remarkable not only for its proud ho******ic content in a sexually conservative era, but for its technical innovations in outdoor photography.

Now that’s what you call a costume! Back in the 80s, musician Adam Ant's iconic style perfectly embraced androgyny. This...
11/06/2021

Now that’s what you call a costume! Back in the 80s, musician Adam Ant's iconic style perfectly embraced androgyny.

This outfit was worn in the Prince Charming music video. Anyone remember the dance?

Now that’s what you call a costume! Back in the 80s, musician Adam Ant's iconic style perfectly embraced androgyny.

This outfit was worn in the Prince Charming music video. Anyone remember the dance?

"All I want is the best of everything’ ✨Did you know celebrity and fashion photographer Cecil Beaton was behind the cost...
10/06/2021

"All I want is the best of everything’ ✨

Did you know celebrity and fashion photographer Cecil Beaton was behind the costume designs of some of Hollywood’s biggest film productions, from My Fair Lady to Gigi? Learn more about his incredible career: https://fal.cn/3fYsP

"All I want is the best of everything’ ✨

Did you know celebrity and fashion photographer Cecil Beaton was behind the costume designs of some of Hollywood’s biggest film productions, from My Fair Lady to Gigi? Learn more about his incredible career: https://fal.cn/3fYsP

Discover our 'Out in the Museum' trail, a collection of objects that hold stories of gender and sexual identities across...
09/06/2021

Discover our 'Out in the Museum' trail, a collection of objects that hold stories of gender and sexual identities across time and cultures, selected by our LGBTQ+ Working Group and volunteer tour guides 🌈

Discover more: https://fal.cn/3fWNs

Discover our 'Out in the Museum' trail, a collection of objects that hold stories of gender and sexual identities across time and cultures, selected by our LGBTQ+ Working Group and volunteer tour guides 🌈

Discover more: https://fal.cn/3fWNs

Celebrated for her collaborations with feminists and members of the LGBTQ+ community, Maud Sulter's impactful work succe...
08/06/2021

Celebrated for her collaborations with feminists and members of the LGBTQ+ community, Maud Sulter's impactful work successfully brought awareness to the histories and continued presence of Black women figures.

Her Zabat series is a prime example of this: https://fal.cn/3fVt3

Scroll through to see more.

This double-flap handbag was designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel in 2015.It features symbols and text relating to the ...
08/06/2021

This double-flap handbag was designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel in 2015.

It features symbols and text relating to the iconic fashion house, including the words 'COCO', 'tweed', and the Chanel No.5 perfume bottle. Additional writing links the bag to the message of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2015 collection: 'Feminist mais feminine’ (Feminist but feminine) and ‘Ladies first'.

See it for yourself in #BagsInsideOut: https://fal.cn/3fV2O

This double-flap handbag was designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel in 2015.

It features symbols and text relating to the iconic fashion house, including the words 'COCO', 'tweed', and the Chanel No.5 perfume bottle. Additional writing links the bag to the message of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2015 collection: 'Feminist mais feminine’ (Feminist but feminine) and ‘Ladies first'.

See it for yourself in #BagsInsideOut: https://fal.cn/3fV2O

Contemporary Ceramic Art from the Middle East | Free entry Our brand new display brings together for the first time cont...
06/06/2021

Contemporary Ceramic Art from the Middle East | Free entry

Our brand new display brings together for the first time contemporary artists from the Middle East & North Africa who work primarily in clay. Marvel at the richness and inventiveness of their output, reflecting the vitality of current ceramic practice across the region.

Book your free timed ticket: https://fal.cn/3fSMj
Pictured: 'Double Circle', 2013 by @ibrahimsaidceramic

Contemporary Ceramic Art from the Middle East | Free entry

Our brand new display brings together for the first time contemporary artists from the Middle East & North Africa who work primarily in clay. Marvel at the richness and inventiveness of their output, reflecting the vitality of current ceramic practice across the region.

Book your free timed ticket: https://fal.cn/3fSMj
Pictured: 'Double Circle', 2013 by @ibrahimsaidceramic

05/06/2021

This is a large-scale photomontage by artist Katerina Jebb. In it she spotlights a rare C.19th embroidery sampler from our collection which narrates the incredible hardships of its young female creator, Elizabeth Parker. Listen to Jebb talk about her connection to the piece.

04/06/2021
The Infinity Dress by Iris van Herpen

Calling all fashion lovers: this one's for you... 💫

Check out how our Conservation specialists displayed the hypnotic 'Infinity' dress and 'Omniverse' sculpture, created in collaboration by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen and American sculptor Anthony Howe.

A portal to another world, or Wonderland? See it in our new exhibition and watch the full film here: https://fal.cn/3fQs8 #BeMoreAlice

Coming to the Museum this half term? We need you! The creatures of Wonderland are spreading nonsense… Follow the clues a...
03/06/2021

Coming to the Museum this half term? We need you! The creatures of Wonderland are spreading nonsense… Follow the clues and help restore logic, before it's too late.

Inspired by our Alice exhibition, explore the curious family trail: https://fal.cn/3fPK5 #VamFamilies #BeMoreAlice

Coming to the Museum this half term? We need you! The creatures of Wonderland are spreading nonsense… Follow the clues and help restore logic, before it's too late.

Inspired by our Alice exhibition, explore the curious family trail: https://fal.cn/3fPK5 #VamFamilies #BeMoreAlice

02/06/2021
Epic Iran and the Book of Kings

⭐Additional Epic Iran tickets now on sale ⭐

Watch this story from the Persian Book of Kings come to life. One of hundreds of Iranian wonders you can see in our Epic Iran exhibition.

Book now: https://fal.cn/3fNxP

02/06/2021
Live at the V&A

We've got something special for you. Filmed just before our doors reopened, conductor Oliver Zeffman, violinist Viktoria Mullova and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields perform live in the gallery.

Available from 4 June on Apple Music and Marquee TV watch here: https://fal.cn/3fNk1

☀️ out, 🕶 out!From the flamboyant to the functional, journey through the evolution of glasses and modern eyewear. Check ...
01/06/2021

☀️ out, 🕶 out!

From the flamboyant to the functional, journey through the evolution of glasses and modern eyewear.

Check out some of our favourite pairs here: https://fal.cn/3fMwr

01/06/2021
Making bags: Mulberry

Visit the Mulberry factory with us!

Go behind the scenes to see the bag-making process, from creative sketches and prototypes to the iconic finished product. Watch the full film: https://fal.cn/3fLPI

#BagsInsideOut is sponsored by Mulberry

30/05/2021
Curious Alice: the VR experience

Go #behindthescenes to find out how we made Curious Alice with HTC VIVE - a new virtual reality trip into Wonderland 💫

Produced by games studio Preloaded and featuring original artworks by Kristjana S Williams Studio

Watch the full film and try it for yourself in our new exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser: https://fal.cn/3fJtJ

29/05/2021

An exhibition 5000 years in the making... and now it's finally open! 🎉
Book now for the Epic Iran exhibition: https://fal.cn/3fIIS
(free for Members)

★★★★★
“explores five jaw-dropping millennia of cultural history”
The Guardian

★★★★
"a mind-expanding study of an extraordinary civilisation"
The Times and The Sunday Times

#LetsMakeWednesdays more sustainable! Get curious about materials around us. Discover unusual materials in the V&A colle...
26/05/2021

#LetsMakeWednesdays more sustainable! Get curious about materials around us. Discover unusual materials in the V&A collection and learn how materials can be looked after for the future. Make your own plantable recycled paper with flower seeds! https://fal.cn/3fDWu

#LetsMakeWednesdays more sustainable! Get curious about materials around us. Discover unusual materials in the V&A collection and learn how materials can be looked after for the future. Make your own plantable recycled paper with flower seeds! https://fal.cn/3fDWu

A year ago, the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd – a harrowing example of the brutality of racism that held up...
25/05/2021

A year ago, the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd – a harrowing example of the brutality of racism that held up a mirror to the trauma, inequality and discrimination people of colour have suffered, and continue to suffer. It was a global wake-up call.

As a national museum, we have a responsibility to our employees, members, visitors, followers and artistic collaborators of colour, to amplify their voices and record their histories and cultures.

We have spent the past year asking ourselves important questions about how we can make effective, permanent and empowering change. Through work led by our Anti-Racism Taskforce: a cross-museum committee, with invaluable input from our staff, we have created comprehensive objectives and a multi-faceted action plan. You can read more about this work here: https://fal.cn/3fC8y

We are at the start of this journey – and while we have much further to go, we are committed to growing, listening and enacting the change we want to see.

📷 Syd Shelton - Bagga, vocalist with Matumbi, Hackney, London, 1978

A year ago, the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd – a harrowing example of the brutality of racism that held up a mirror to the trauma, inequality and discrimination people of colour have suffered, and continue to suffer. It was a global wake-up call.

As a national museum, we have a responsibility to our employees, members, visitors, followers and artistic collaborators of colour, to amplify their voices and record their histories and cultures.

We have spent the past year asking ourselves important questions about how we can make effective, permanent and empowering change. Through work led by our Anti-Racism Taskforce: a cross-museum committee, with invaluable input from our staff, we have created comprehensive objectives and a multi-faceted action plan. You can read more about this work here: https://fal.cn/3fC8y

We are at the start of this journey – and while we have much further to go, we are committed to growing, listening and enacting the change we want to see.

📷 Syd Shelton - Bagga, vocalist with Matumbi, Hackney, London, 1978

24/05/2021
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Iconic ✔️ Imaginative ✔️ Inspiring ✔️

Explore the world of Alice in our new ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ exhibition. Tickets selling fast, best availability from July onwards.

Book now, free for Members: https://fal.cn/3fBbd

Supported by HTC VIVE #BeMoreAlice

Discover radical and unapologetic works by leading contemporary Iranian artists showcased in our Epic Iran exhibition (o...
24/05/2021

Discover radical and unapologetic works by leading contemporary Iranian artists showcased in our Epic Iran exhibition (opening this Saturday!): https://fal.cn/3fAHg

This work from visual artist Shirin Aliabadi, is part of her Miss Hybrid series. With their bleached hair, bandaged noses (a sign of plastic surgery), fake tan and bubble gum, the series represents rebellious 21st-century Iranian urban youth.

📸 Shirin Aliabadi, Miss Hybrid #3, 2008 The Farjam Collection

Discover radical and unapologetic works by leading contemporary Iranian artists showcased in our Epic Iran exhibition (opening this Saturday!): https://fal.cn/3fAHg

This work from visual artist Shirin Aliabadi, is part of her Miss Hybrid series. With their bleached hair, bandaged noses (a sign of plastic surgery), fake tan and bubble gum, the series represents rebellious 21st-century Iranian urban youth.

📸 Shirin Aliabadi, Miss Hybrid #3, 2008 The Farjam Collection

23/05/2021
Bags: Inside Out

Learn more about the first-ever Hermès Birkin bag owned by Jane Birkin, with exhibition curator Dr Lucia Savi.

#BagsInsideOut is open now, bag yourself a ticket: https://fal.cn/3fznH

Sponsored by Mulberry

Open now! Experience a new Wonderland in Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser 🐰🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘a wonderful tumble down the rabbit hole’ (...
22/05/2021

Open now! Experience a new Wonderland in Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser 🐰

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘a wonderful tumble down the rabbit hole’ (The Guardian)

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘leave smiling like a Cheshire cat’ (Londonist)

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘an enormous, immersive exhibition' (The Times)

Book now, free for Members: https://fal.cn/3fyUA
Supported by HTC VIVE #BeMoreAlice

Did you miss our first fashion film of the year? https://fal.cn/3fx3QKARIM ADDUCHI, one of the designers featured, grew ...
21/05/2021

Did you miss our first fashion film of the year? https://fal.cn/3fx3Q

KARIM ADDUCHI, one of the designers featured, grew up in the mountains of Imzouren, Morocco, and made this stunning dress from a 100 year old Berber rug. He tells us how when he found it, he was fascinated in how the textile had been sun-bleached and shaped by decades of use. We chatted with Karim over on our blog: https://fal.cn/3fx3R

Today has been a very special day. We've loved welcoming back visitors to the V&A, including HRH The Duchess of Cambridg...
19/05/2021

Today has been a very special day.

We've loved welcoming back visitors to the V&A, including HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who came to visit our Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition as well as explore the new Raphael Court and Photography Centre.

Have you booked your ticket yet? Click here for information on how to visit us - https://fal.cn/3fuGM

Today's the day!!! 🎊We’re delighted to announce we are officially open again and can’t wait to welcome you back.Book you...
19/05/2021

Today's the day!!! 🎊

We’re delighted to announce we are officially open again and can’t wait to welcome you back.

Book your free timed ticket and find out more about our safety measures: https://fal.cn/3ftDN

👀 Here’s your sneak peek of our incredible team getting everything prepared for our upcoming exhibition. Get ready to di...
18/05/2021

👀 Here’s your sneak peek of our incredible team getting everything prepared for our upcoming exhibition. Get ready to dive deep into Wonderland ♥️🎩

Don’t miss this magical journey opening Saturday 22 May, book now: https://fal.cn/3fs6i #BeMoreAlice

The official countdown begins! 🥳Wednesday 19th we’ll be re-opening our doors to the public. Why not reacquaint yourself ...
17/05/2021

The official countdown begins! 🥳

Wednesday 19th we’ll be re-opening our doors to the public. Why not reacquaint yourself with our collection and make the most of our V&A trails, showcasing a number of must-see museum objects!

Book your free timed ticket and plan your visit: https://fal.cn/3frnN

The official countdown begins! 🥳

Wednesday 19th we’ll be re-opening our doors to the public. Why not reacquaint yourself with our collection and make the most of our V&A trails, showcasing a number of must-see museum objects!

Book your free timed ticket and plan your visit: https://fal.cn/3frnN

17/05/2021

It’s definitely a high light…✨

Our Chihuly Chandelier is made up of 1,400 glass pieces and took over 5 days to install. How do we clean it? With a feather duster!

Check out our video and find us on TikTok: https://fal.cn/3fr64

Anyone else taken up quilting in lockdown? 🧵With its long tradition and cultural associations, quilting has been around ...
16/05/2021

Anyone else taken up quilting in lockdown? 🧵

With its long tradition and cultural associations, quilting has been around for centuries. In more recent decades, artists have used the medium and its history as a tool of artistic expression, from contemporary art to haute couture fashion.

1) Evening Jacket, Charles James, 1937, France
2) Hunting Coat, Unknown, 1620, India

Learn more: https://fal.cn/3fpyJ

🎵 Act your age mama, not your shoe size 🎵This pair of stage shoes designed for the artist Prince feature his iconic, ‘lo...
15/05/2021

🎵 Act your age mama, not your shoe size 🎵

This pair of stage shoes designed for the artist Prince feature his iconic, ‘love symbol #2’ signifying the male and female as one. Prince was known for his extravagant sense of fashion, experimenting with both sexuality and gender.

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

🎵 Act your age mama, not your shoe size 🎵

This pair of stage shoes designed for the artist Prince feature his iconic, ‘love symbol #2’ signifying the male and female as one. Prince was known for his extravagant sense of fashion, experimenting with both sexuality and gender.

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

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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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