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Happy Lunar New Year 🎉🎉 2021 ushers in the year of the Ox. To celebrate this new auspicious year we are taking a look at...
12/02/2021

Happy Lunar New Year 🎉🎉

2021 ushers in the year of the Ox. To celebrate this new auspicious year we are taking a look at some of the Oxen in our collection. Head to Twitter for the full tour: https://fal.cn/3dmip
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This delicate object is an embroidered silk reticule, a small pouch designed to be carried at a woman’s side and popular...
11/02/2021

This delicate object is an embroidered silk reticule, a small pouch designed to be carried at a woman’s side and popular in the late 18th century.

With a flower basket design on one side and strawberries on the other - which side is your favourite? Comment 🍓 or 🌸 below 👇

Learn about #BagsInsideOut https://fal.cn/3dkSg

Drawn from nature...At the age of eight Beatrix Potter was obsessed with studying and recording the characteristics of a...
10/02/2021

Drawn from nature...

At the age of eight Beatrix Potter was obsessed with studying and recording the characteristics of a wide variety of animals and plants. Her notebooks showcase her sense of wonder and an expert appreciation of nature. Scroll through to see her works.

Discover the full collection on the new Explore the Collections - https://fal.cn/3dj3a

09/02/2021
New Explore the Collections

👀 Stop searching, start exploring.

Discover the V&A from the comfort of your home with the new Explore the collections. With redesigned pages and new functionality, you can delve even further into the stories of over 1 million objects in the V&A's collections - https://fal.cn/3dgTS

Defying gravity. Standing at 30 cm high ‘Armadillo’ boot from Alexander McQueen’s legendary Plato’s Atlantis (Spring/Sum...
08/02/2021

Defying gravity.

Standing at 30 cm high ‘Armadillo’ boot from Alexander McQueen’s legendary Plato’s Atlantis (Spring/Summer 2010) Collection, is among the designers most jaw dropping footwear creations.

Senior Curator Claire Wilcox talks about the unconventional shoe and the story behind it's design: https://fal.cn/3dgga

Gianni Versace’s 1994 #readytowear collection was one of his most renowned shows, featuring supermodels Kate Moss, Chris...
07/02/2021

Gianni Versace’s 1994 #readytowear collection was one of his most renowned shows, featuring supermodels Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell wearing garments decorated with oversized safety pins. Although not featured on the catwalk, this accompanying handbag was made for the couture line available in-store.

#BagsInsideOut
Sponsored by Mulberry
https://fal.cn/3desg

So many clothes, never enough mannequins. Back in 2016 we had these unusual 2D and 3D mannequins in the building. Visito...
06/02/2021

So many clothes, never enough mannequins. Back in 2016 we had these unusual 2D and 3D mannequins in the building. Visitors could stare into a blinking eye that was projected on to the flat disc head.

As for the 60s suit- it's a Mary Quant 😜

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll, is best known as the author of Alice’s Adventures...
05/02/2021

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll, is best known as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But #didyouknow he was also an accomplished amateur photographer?

‘The Dream’ taken in 1863 uses a double-exposure to create a dreamlike quality – something that is also evident in his writing. Discover more in our upcoming exhibition: https://fal.cn/3dd8u #BeMoreAlice

Magnificent Monochrome 🖤🤍From the classic to the quirky, bring some glamour to your gloomy day with our picks for our fa...
04/02/2021

Magnificent Monochrome 🖤🤍

From the classic to the quirky, bring some glamour to your gloomy day with our picks for our favourite Black and White garments. Which is your favourite?

Get acquainted with the founding father of music photography, Harry Hammond. From Elvis to the Beatles, Eartha Kitt to D...
03/02/2021

Get acquainted with the founding father of music photography, Harry Hammond.

From Elvis to the Beatles, Eartha Kitt to Dusty Springfield. Hammond captured the definitive images of virtually every leading British musician, as well as many of the visiting American artists during the golden age of Rock 'n' Roll.

Explore the collection and his story - https://fal.cn/3d9St

Look closer. There's something jarringly modern in each image. Noticed yet? These are just 3 from the Qajar series, a to...
03/02/2021

Look closer. There's something jarringly modern in each image.

Noticed yet? These are just 3 from the Qajar series, a total of 33 portraits from leading Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian. She replicates the formal studio portraits from 19th century Iran, but adds a modern twist. 📸

Book ahead for the Epic Iran exhibition, opening in the Spring: https://bit.ly/3pWHFVa

...And now for something revolutionary.  With its soft shoulders, dramatically nipped-in waist and expansive skirt, Dior...
02/02/2021

...And now for something revolutionary.

With its soft shoulders, dramatically nipped-in waist and expansive skirt, Dior's legendary design looks simple, but is an architectural masterpiece.

Unpick this enduring icon of post-war fashion https://fal.cn/3d7wq

Step into the wonderful world of Wedgwood. Following a public appeal in 2014 organised by the ArtFund, over 80,000 Wedgw...
01/02/2021

Step into the wonderful world of Wedgwood.

Following a public appeal in 2014 organised by the ArtFund, over 80,000 Wedgwood works of art, ceramics, manuscripts and photographs were saved and are now owned by the V&A.

Find out more about the history of Wedgwood and its impact on British design and creativity. https://fal.cn/3d6fv

Julia Margaret Cameron's work was defined by personal touches and imperfections. Although criticised at the time, these ...
31/01/2021

Julia Margaret Cameron's work was defined by personal touches and imperfections. Although criticised at the time, these imperfections can now be appreciated as ahead of their time. Delve deep into her working process: https://fal.cn/3d5ak

A true Jack of all trades, William Morris was a master of textiles. From embroidery to printed fabrics, take a closer lo...
30/01/2021

A true Jack of all trades, William Morris was a master of textiles. From embroidery to printed fabrics, take a closer look at the techniques and inspirations behind his works... https://fal.cn/3d4qv

30/01/2021
V&A Innovate series

Design & Technology Teachers! Our YouTube channel is here to help with your student's home learning. 🎦

Our bitesize videos aim to get your students thinking about big questions. How might we design clothes without harming the environment? Stream the full video on the Vivienne Westwood Wild Rubber Dress: https://fal.cn/3d4h1

#steameducation #ks3 #InnovateVAM

29/01/2021
Friday Late: African Fashions on Film

TONIGHT at 20.00 Friday Late: African Fashions on Film 🎥

Head to our YouTube channel for a screening of specially selected short films that showcase contemporary fashions from Nigeria and the African Diaspora. Plus- watch introductions from the filmmakers themselves @oye_diran @ahluwalia @samona_o @dafeoboro @missnuma
See the full programme: https://bit.ly/3oxgE9o

Missed our exhibition announcement? In 2022 we’re staging an exhibition on contemporary African Fashions celebrating the ingenuity and vitality of the continent’s fashion scene. #africanfashion #fashion #africanstyle

Exhibition supported by @growannenberg

28/01/2021
Illustrating Wonderland with Kristjana S Williams

Traditional Victorian engravings meet digital collage techniques!

Illustrator Kristjana S Williams Studio creates playful landscapes full of hidden details. Here she discusses illustrating a new Alice in Wonderland themed book to accompany our exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser 🍄

Watch the full film: https://fal.cn/3d28u #BeMoreAlice

The ultimate virtuoso of construction, Cristóbal Balenciaga changed the shape of women's fashion by creating sculptural ...
27/01/2021

The ultimate virtuoso of construction, Cristóbal Balenciaga changed the shape of women's fashion by creating sculptural forms that stood away from the body, framing the figure rather than restricting it. Delve into his methods: https://fal.cn/3d0sW

Are you home schooling? Would you like to encourage your child to do more art and design? Check out our weekly #LetsMake...
27/01/2021

Are you home schooling? Would you like to encourage your child to do more art and design? Check out our weekly #LetsMakeWednesdays series and have family fun together at home! This week we highlight our five favourites published so far. Don't forget to share your ideas and designs with us. https://fal.cn/3cZIc

25/01/2021
The Raphael Cartoons

View the #RaphaelCartoons… from your room!

Reveal extraordinary layers and zoom into the underdrawings, individual brushstrokes, and unique surface texture of Raphael’s seven iconic Cartoons through new 3D, colour and infrared imagery. Explore these monumental works of art like never before: https://fal.cn/3cWMP

Missed our Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition? We've got you covered.  Get a detailed insight of the highlights on this...
24/01/2021

Missed our Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition? We've got you covered.

Get a detailed insight of the highlights on this special tour with curator Anna Jackson: https://fal.cn/3cVT4

Exciting things to come… 👀Our amazing textile conservation team are getting this feathered 'Infinity' dress by Iris van ...
24/01/2021

Exciting things to come… 👀

Our amazing textile conservation team are getting this feathered 'Infinity' dress by Iris van Herpen ready for our upcoming exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser!

Made in 2019, Van Herpen’s Alice-like curiosity and her visits to CERN (the world's largest particle physics laboratory), inspired this magical piece. #BeMoreAlice https://fal.cn/3cVH9

Binged Bridgerton yet? The ostentatious period drama set in the Regency Era has us looking through our collections and t...
23/01/2021

Binged Bridgerton yet? The ostentatious period drama set in the Regency Era has us looking through our collections and the fashions of the time. Have a scroll through to see some of our favourites.

Forget 'high' fashion - in the 1700s fashionable court dress was all about wide fashion! This incredible mantua is embro...
22/01/2021

Forget 'high' fashion - in the 1700s fashionable court dress was all about wide fashion! This incredible mantua is embroidered with nearly 10lb worth of silver thread. Our mannequin required some extreme architectural intervention to support it - can you imagine what it would have been like to wear? Head to our stories to learn more and see what's going on beneath the mantua...

London brand Shrimps has reinterpreted and updated traditional beadwork techniques for the 21st century by using oversiz...
22/01/2021

London brand Shrimps has reinterpreted and updated traditional beadwork techniques for the 21st century by using oversized plastic beads.

We can’t get enough of this boxy bag with statement block letter alphabet. Find out more about our #BagsInsideOut exhibition: https://fal.cn/3cUpc

January can make us all feel a little sad...We spoke with #IllustrationAwards winner (Book Cover Design) Eva Eland Illus...
20/01/2021

January can make us all feel a little sad...

We spoke with #IllustrationAwards winner (Book Cover Design) Eva Eland Illustration about her treatment of sadness, an important subject to explore with young readers: https://fal.cn/3cRAp

When Sadness Comes to Call published by Andersen Press

20/01/2021
Africa Fashion

Introducing our latest major exhibition, Africa Fashion.

Opening June 2022, the exhibition will celebrate the vitality, irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashions.

We need you to help us to uncover iconic designs. We are looking for rare and early designs by Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydo, Kofi Ansah Foundation and Alphadi amongst other treasures, personal stories and photographs. For the full list and more information on the exhibition: https://fal.cn/3cQWj

Submit your pieces, photos and memories to [email protected] or #AfricaFashion 🖤❤️💚

Supported by GRoW @ Annenberg

From staggering stilettos to woven reed and delicate silks slippers, the V&A is home to an unrivalled collection of shoe...
19/01/2021

From staggering stilettos to woven reed and delicate silks slippers, the V&A is home to an unrivalled collection of shoes - around 2,000 pairs spanning more than 3,000 years of history from different cultures around the globe.

Explore the history in this interactive timeline - https://fal.cn/3cQdw

Need a break from the gloom and doom today? The only thing blue about this post are these gorgeous gowns. 💙Explore our f...
18/01/2021

Need a break from the gloom and doom today?

The only thing blue about this post are these gorgeous gowns. 💙

Explore our fashion collections: https://fal.cn/3cOKe

'The Plastic Body' was the first in a series of sculptural garments created by Issey Miyake in the early 1980s.Subvertin...
17/01/2021

'The Plastic Body' was the first in a series of sculptural garments created by Issey Miyake in the early 1980s.

Subverting the idea of clothing as a form of concealment, the innovative designer reveals and celebrates the female body. This piece was moulded, formed from glass fibres, and infused with polyester resin. Browse our fashion collection: https://fal.cn/3cNaL

When your outfit needs a cold-weather update…In the early 1860s, the ideal fashionable silhouette for a woman featured a...
16/01/2021

When your outfit needs a cold-weather update…

In the early 1860s, the ideal fashionable silhouette for a woman featured a high waist, and voluminous skirt. So, you’d need several petticoats! Decorated with a 'paisley' print, this padded petticoat would keep you snug all winter long.

Read more about underwear, from the practical to the provocative: https://fal.cn/3cMtz

This pair of kathak dancers were painted in the early 18th century 💃 💃 Kathak is a form of Indian classical dance, often...
15/01/2021

This pair of kathak dancers were painted in the early 18th century
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Kathak is a form of Indian classical dance, often described as ‘a storytelling dance’ and communicated through foot movements, hand gestures and facial expressions.

Explore our immense South Asia collection: https://fal.cn/3cLdz

It's cold, it's January, so here's a sunny picnic by the beach. In this 1966 piece, Iranian painter Bahman Mohasses poss...
14/01/2021

It's cold, it's January, so here's a sunny picnic by the beach. In this 1966 piece, Iranian painter Bahman Mohasses possibly recalls lazy days by the Caspian Sea. 🌊

Get acquainted with leading contemporary Iranian artists. Discover the #EpicIran exhibition: bit.ly/3bFyODc

🎨 © Estate of Bahman Mohasses

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