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V&A @V_and_A South Kensington, London

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's leading museum of art, design and performance.

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In 1868, Isabel Agnes Cowper was appointed ‘Official Museum Photographer’, possibly the first woman to hold such a… https://t.co/JFaLv3hDjLWhile male Victorian photographers often set off to explore faraway places, amateur photographer Clementina Hawarde… https://t.co/8sMWb37DEqHuge congratulations to the BRILLIANT @michaelkiwanuka for his @MercuryPrize win. We're so proud to have hosted h… https://t.co/2irf9VLVzJ
9/25
2020
In 1985, British photographer Garry Fabian Miller stopped using a camera. Since then he's explored light, time and… https://t.co/wzhSv4v1zS#Throwback to when the Duchess of Cambridge reopened our Photography Centre. Discover photography at the V&A on you… https://t.co/AU40UOUcyQ
9/24
2020
Take on a photo challenge 📷 Inspired by our collection, play with light and shadow, find and capture details in ev… https://t.co/bJeZl2aP41See below the surface... X-ray photography reveals unseen details and secrets of interior structure, materials and… https://t.co/kDPfSPX4ga
9/23
2020
Brixton market proved to be a vibrant backdrop for Francis Armet's fashion photograph series. Listen to Armet's mem… https://t.co/WkgRcBiwd7Our new series of teacher webinars are aimed at KS3 teachers and design education specialists. We kick off in Octo… https://t.co/ssoKJd5DCIIf you can't wait for our Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser exhibition to open then we have a treat for you. On 22 Octob… https://t.co/pJ6inshGug
9/22
2020
Celebrated photographer Normski documented British youth culture in the 1980s and 1990s. As part of the UK hip hop… https://t.co/woyjKdZya5#Didyouknow Cyanotype photography was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and came from his discovery of the ligh… https://t.co/y04wtc3Pw0
9/21
2020
Now picture yourself running for a bus in these. These gravity-defying shoes from Japanese designer Noritaka Tate… https://t.co/u69GjCDSCWSilk velvet? Say no more. The 'Butler-Bowdon Cope' was made from some of the richest materials available to embroi… https://t.co/gn5TRd1NN0
9/20
2020
The Warrior bracelet by designer Barbara Jardine evokes the horseshoe-shaped Manilla 'bracelets' that were traded a… https://t.co/iiDmya1wXQToday marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever @glastonbury! We’ve announced a new project with @ahrcpress to c… https://t.co/R9ccYsJFafAhhh, the 'golden age' of couture. Dior himself said it started after the war in 1947. It set a standard for dressm… https://t.co/xJQNRGwo3f
9/19
2020
See how Balenciaga's iconic designs have inspired the work of many fashion designers – from those he trained and me… https://t.co/Ipc5c42vIUFor this evening coat Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated with French designer Jean Cocteau. In fact, we tweeted about h… https://t.co/rvlhntOc4fA controversial pioneer of fashion whose influence has been more fully appreciated since his death. No it's not Ale… https://t.co/kx7Wlbri9Q
9/18
2020
Praise be! We're open on Wednesdays now. Book your free, timed ticket: https://t.co/JHy4zmdcJX Image by George Ba… https://t.co/jve9dqWbUiLouis Cartier encouraged his designers to sketch 18th-century ironwork and architectural ornament in Paris and Vers… https://t.co/Cg7m9UIDnp
9/17
2020
Let's make a print! https://t.co/twZanv1IwN Inspired by our collection, create your own playful print using recycl… https://t.co/Li6ypQHleWAlexander McQueen's collaboration with jeweller Shaun Leane spanned 17 years and produced a unique body of designs,… https://t.co/BBMu4HfUd5A splash of colour for your Twitter feed, in the form of two hand printed silk scarves designed by Jean Cocteau, ar… https://t.co/iTzekUD344
9/16
2020
👜 The style 👜 The statement 👜 The craft #BagsInsideOut is on sale! Tickets for 21 November - 31 December 2020 sell… https://t.co/OFPcuV8IjNWe simply must know- what's your favourite hat? https://t.co/ixLctfamgK 1) Silk orchid hat, designed by Philip Tr… https://t.co/wnXp32PZSC
9/15
2020
Tutorial: a Japanese 'Boro' bag 🛍️ Derived from the Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired, bor… https://t.co/Lmtejz88RWVivienne Westwood is known for parodying historical looks, like this revamp of Madame de Pompadour's crumpled-silk… https://t.co/g5IZApuGdh
9/14
2020
A hands on approach.... This show-stopping costume created by Kansai Yamamoto (1944-2020) was worn by David Bowie… https://t.co/auSmrP4Aom
9/13
2020
We are saddened to hear of the passing of design visionary, Sir Terence Conran. His creations and belief in the pub… https://t.co/0a9zLu2xhiA one track mind? Sex on the Brain' is a hat decorated with lovers on top. Designed and made by Kirsten Woodwar… https://t.co/8gDsrNdGwqWhat lies beneath? This ornate box contains a secret hidden to the naked eye 😲. It was only when we x-rayed the bo… https://t.co/DbTeDDYOtW
9/12
2020
We may take being able to call any place in the world for granted now but #DidYouKnow that the first transatlantic… https://t.co/CX5H93ZVsZ#Didyouknow that the V&A has 200,000 objects on display? With so much to see it's hard to know where to start! Tr… https://t.co/F4XO1bl4l3*** 𝐂𝐀𝐋𝐋 - 𝐎𝐔𝐓 *** We need you!! Our archive wants to grow our collections of design work related to the pandemic.… https://t.co/8R1HYE3sSb
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9/11
2020
Our Theatre & Performance objects would have played their part in a visual and auditory experience, but when displa… https://t.co/1fSCIrMerdLet's make our own sensory story! This week we are exploring the world of immersive storytelling by using the sense… https://t.co/yo83WZI7YJ
9/9
2020
What’s that smell?👃 Sculptor Messerschmidt created a series of character heads illustrating different states of mi… https://t.co/0o5H4GF5WiFeeling thirsty?🥛 This bag in the shape of a milk carton featured in Chanel’s supermarket-inspired 2014 collection.… https://t.co/dnsWqRzulISign up to our bi-monthly Schools newsletter and be the first to find out about this year's celebrity judge panel,… https://t.co/s0swfQuZDCTake part in our National Schools Challenge! We're inviting 11-14 year olds to work in teams to design a solution… https://t.co/QgmyA2XErC
9/8
2020
The Greek hero Achilles 💪 One of the most famous figures in Greek myth, he was a key character in the Trojan War.… https://t.co/cltGyIKqxNStephen Gill's experimental process uses objects and creatures from the streets of East London, placing them into t… https://t.co/bBOmJkTmljBeauty is in the 👁️ of the beholder... Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. An attempt… https://t.co/Ca31CwDhGf
9/7
2020
You want a revolution? How’s about a century’s worth? Delve into the Age of Revolutions through 18th century art.… https://t.co/lhsXxA1vs9Today we bring you a hand painted coat, designed by Richard Cawley in 1970, for London fashion house Bellville Sass… https://t.co/B4yl1QBoLu
9/6
2020
Same same but different. This rare surviving Baroque theatrical costume is around 280 years old. It reminds us of… https://t.co/mytOsSH63y
9/5
2020
Irish designer Eileen Gray created some pretty famous chairs, like her 'S Bend' Chair, which we have her original d… https://t.co/defreYu5kaLéon Bakst, born in 1866, designed bold costume and sets for the ballet. His innovative designs emphasised colour a… https://t.co/9he4htSchp
9/4
2020
This is not even the finished result!  This is William Morris's working design, in watercolour, for what became on… https://t.co/RKfJ8FwXBRRecently, facial hair has been a male grooming dilemma, giving rise to the quarantine beard. James Robinson, Keeper… https://t.co/Heo6lae5Kc
9/3
2020
Check out an immersive re-interpretation of the celebrated Peacock Room by artist Darren Waterston. The original, b… https://t.co/6ovlgNNcOFLet's make a memory scrapbook! Artists and designers use scrapbooks to create, inspire and build their works. What… https://t.co/FFeSWfM9G0
9/2
2020
🦁 You're looking at the original 1996 costume design for Scar, everyone's favourite evil uncle from the Lion King M… https://t.co/EuCiHiDboMThis is a piece of fashion history - uniting first designs and the finished article - a sweater by Patrick Caulfiel… https://t.co/ZYgJexnC4E
9/1
2020
A fun discovery by one of our curators. It turns out the designer of this 19th century inro (traditional Japanese c… https://t.co/MgpkyymcM3
8/31
2020
You're looking at three pieces from the Gilbert Collection, which holds some of the most beautiful objects ever mad… https://t.co/0bHmN1ewLM
8/30
2020
🍈 Gourds almighty. The humble squash is embedded throughout many cultures and holds varied meanings. They can als… https://t.co/tGcCmc9V85The Ceramic Staircase is one of the most elaborately decorated parts of our building. It also demonstrates a new in… https://t.co/0UVd8cM1BG
8/29
2020
This illustration from George Barbier just screams bank holiday weekend to us. 🥂 Delve through our online archive… https://t.co/tRZ1z4K4l6It's wonderful to be open again 😊 We’ve been hard at work preparing the museum to make it safe for you to relax a… https://t.co/JcQCvz7z0R
Retweeted by V&AWe are sad to learn of the passing of education reformer and champion of all children’s potential @SirKenRobinson.… https://t.co/OqMdc3dbbJEwers, often known as aquamanilia (from the Latin, aqua= water, manus=hand), are jugs used for washing hands. From… https://t.co/ttcmumm5Bh
8/28
2020
Kimono is having a major revival on the streets of Japan. The self-taught photographer and stylist behind these vib… https://t.co/OpKFRfR1wGFind this tiny but powerful Art Deco object in our gallery of sculptures overlooking the Cast Courts. It's a bronz… https://t.co/h0EJptQmBo
8/27
2020
Happy #InternationalDogDay! 🐾 To celebrate, take a look at some of the paw-fect dogs in our collection. Comment bel… https://t.co/eZZhrHNdAEA beauty of a cabinet. Unfortunately we don't know who was the maker or where it was made. Our curators say possi… https://t.co/FgOwtnadTKLet's design a new chair! Have you ever thought about how many different types of chairs there are? Take a look at… https://t.co/bzHAMkeePTThe doors open tomorrow for the detailed and decadent #FilthyLucre - a free, immersive installation by contemporary… https://t.co/9G7FrmcL0v
8/26
2020
Just 2 more days... 👘 https://t.co/k9Zs02AWeUWant to know more about our incredible collections? Learn from expert curators, artists and art historians from the… https://t.co/wKq3fSHkpM
8/25
2020
From 27 August we are extending our opening hours and opening more galleries! Visit to discover our Photography 📸 c… https://t.co/0likuAFWo9Our vibrant South Asia collection contains some of the most elaborate drinking vessels you've ever seen. This wine… https://t.co/HYaQowEKVKWe're excited to unveil our large-scale installation by Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane. 'Be open to th… https://t.co/3yzJYOMLb9
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8/24
2020
Nat Gaynes, a dressmaker in Guyana, designed this cotton mix two-piece skirt suit for Dr Beryl Gilroy. In 1968 Dr G… https://t.co/zEhaFPwIgx
8/23
2020
Using proteins found in nature, @boltthreads bio-engineered a new fibre that sustainably replicates the structure o… https://t.co/IbfG9jlDbkBet you’re not surprised to find out these were designed by an architect? Visionary architect Dame Zaha Hadid is k… https://t.co/ru7utSFDhj
8/22
2020
One of the great talents of haute couture, Charles James created complex shapes through masterful cutting & seaming… https://t.co/HCe4woUObzBags such as these were produced by the Female Society for Birmingham, which campaigned for the abolition of slaver… https://t.co/kLcoZCby5H
8/21
2020
The V&A awards up to 3 new studentships a year to support doctoral study at UK Universities. If you're looking to… https://t.co/ziFcPLETEyA bunch of appetising pearl grapes to celebrate that our very shiny jewellery gallery is reopening next week. Visi… https://t.co/dXt9RYkJaTTag someone who you reckon could pull a pair of these off. Beautifully decorative leather boots like these were… https://t.co/MIHG8tutwF
8/20
2020
Happy birthday Coco Chanel! Born #onthisday in 1883, Chanel is famous for her suits and chic day wear. Perhaps less… https://t.co/6Yeo2oaTpSA warm welcome back to our neighbours! #RediscoverSouthKen https://t.co/NdvBvXBMUFLet's make a new fashion silhouette! Inspired by the fabulous fashion collections of the V&A, how can you make fun… https://t.co/fxbt4FII1N
8/19
2020
Load up our inspiring online trails during your visit and let your journey begin. This one's for kids looking for a… https://t.co/7c7lnV1yZ4We 💙 a pop of colour! Your typical ‘Oxford’ lace up is made up in black or brown leather… but the marbling, gilt an… https://t.co/RRC7c6Bt1C
8/18
2020
Making a splash 💦 This machine-knitted woollen swimsuit is from the 1930s, the decade that popularised outdoor acti… https://t.co/9UV0jNPs8CWelcome back to the V&A Academy… Online! Wherever you are in the world, our new online art history courses bring yo… https://t.co/clawgxZ5Ts
8/17
2020
With over 200,000 items on display, sometimes it's easy to forget that our building is a work of art in itself. E… https://t.co/irjZDftt09
8/16
2020
Now we're open, so are the special (and free) displays that are dotted around our building. Find our 'Blanc de Chin… https://t.co/tCvzJQycUMThis cup and saucer are part of several hundred identical cups and saucers salvaged from the wreck of a trade ship,… https://t.co/k3QKtPJFEp
8/15
2020
This traditional Korean wrapping cloth is believed to have been made for royal wedding ceremonies. The colourful fa… https://t.co/bdYxO91VrwYou're looking at colour created using only natural material. The Somenotsukasa Yoshioka workshop in Kyoto is renow… https://t.co/kfw5jcfZPr
8/14
2020
Silver & stylish! This distinctive tea set was made in India between 1880-1890. The work of the renowned Oomersi Ma… https://t.co/sqnRGnnXJhBlooming beautiful 🌼 The design on this vase is reminiscent of the mille fleur decoration on Qing dynasty porcela… https://t.co/WSnPt3fhm9
8/13
2020
Let's make our own kimono design! These Japanese garments often have symbols in the design that are important to th… https://t.co/qE5ELlSjieWhat’s better than this glorious summer weather? The fact that we’ve just released tickets for the museum for Septe… https://t.co/7ckF1Tm6ooAs a new design museum we have no excuse for omitting and misrepresenting exploitative colonial history in our gall… https://t.co/oh46xVSVKj
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8/12
2020

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