Three days to go until the opening of 'Tim Walker: Wonderful Things' ✨ In preparation for the exhibition, Walker scoured the V&A’s 145 public galleries, scaled the roof of the 12-acre South Kensington site, and explored the labyrinth of Victorian passages below ground level. Along the way, he encountered luminous stained-glass windows, vivid Indian miniature paintings, jewelled snuffboxes, erotic illustrations, golden shoes, and a 65-metre-long photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry. These rare artefacts will be exhibited alongside the monumental new photographs they inspired. Be the first to visit. Book now – link in bio #TimWalkerxVAM Jeenu Mahadevan. Fashion: Balenciaga. Pershore, Worcestershire, 2018. © Tim Walker Studio
This wonderful watercolour by Edith Dawson (1862-1928 ) depicts the glorious greenhouse of Renishaw Hall, Edith Sitwell's family home. Its vibrant flowers and potted plants inspired one of Tim Walker's new photoshoots made in Renishaw's enchanting gardens. See this fantastical series of pictures in Walker's upcominng V&A exhibition. 'Conservatory at Renishaw' About 1885 Find out more about the object - Link in bio Tim Walker: Wonderful Things Book now – link in bio Members go free #TimWalkerxVAM
Dive into the fantastical brand new photo shoots and creative world of Tim Walker. At the heart of this exhibition are 10 major new photographic projects, displayed in a magical space designed by Walker's close collaborator, leading set designer @shona heath. Opens this Saturday Members go free Book now - link in bio #TimWalkerxVAM
This mystical Stonehenge poster from the 1931 'See Britain First On Shell' campaign depicts a starry night sky ✨ At the time, oil had become a significant player in global power, linking it with national progression, celebrating petrol and selling tourism by car. Enjoy the freedom of the open road in our Cars exhibition - link in bio #VaVaVroom #Cars #Design #Stonehenge #Motoring #Mystical #Poster
All hands on deck! Here’s a sneak peek into the Tim Walker exhibition installation work in progress. The imagination of one of the world’s most creative photographers is being brought to life in this fantastical show, through a new series of pictures and sets inspired by treasures from the V&A collections. Exhibition and set design by Shona Heath. #TimWalkerXVam
In May 2019, a panel of scientists voted to classify the age we are living in as a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene. Human-driven changes to the earth’s systems are so great that we have shifted from being inhabitants to become a geological force directly impacting the planet. Our next Friday Late, considers how we got here and explores ways to reconnect with the natural world. Join us 27 September for more.
Famous for his wallpaper and textile designs which feature stylised bird and plant, C.F.A Voysey was one of the most innovative Arts and Crafts designers. He had a highly original style which combined simplicity with sophistication. This textile design showing birds of many climates makes us want to go bird-watching!
The Orchard was William Morris' first attempt to design a figurative tapestry, responding to the wishes of rich clients to have unique works of art by him The design depicts an array of fruit trees with their harvest ready for gathering, including apples, grapes, olives and pears, behind a row of figures in medieval-style dress.
From designing @vadundee to the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Kengo Kuma is truly a force to be reckoned with in the world of architecture. Check out his Bamboo (竹 ) Ring: Weaving into Lightness, an experiment in the concept of weaving in our garden as part of @L_D_F_official from this weekend, or hear him talk at Global Design Forum on 14 September.
This artisan hand printed wallpaper is by @danheathstudio , and from October he'll be running a new 6 week evening course in our studios. Develop your own surface pattern design alongside traditional screen printed techniques. Find out more via the link on our profile.
Got the need for speed? 🏎️💨 This poster from 1931 depicts a series of speed records held by British companies and individuals. These technical innovations were used to inspire people to buy more British products. Discover how speed drove design in our upcoming Cars exhibition - link in bio #VaVaVroom #Cars #Design #Speed #Motoring #Racing #Poster
Last week we said a fond farewell to our Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition which officially closed its doors. We wanted to say a big thank you to all who attended the show, making it our most visited exhibition EVER! Still can't get enough of Dior or missed the show? Why not check out the exhibition book and the full exhibition range - Link in bio
Get behind the scenes and discover Tim Walker's extraordinary collaborative and creative process. This whimsical photograph of Walker on set was captured by make-up artist Lucy Bridge @lucyjbridge , one of Walker's long-standing collaborators. 📷 Tim Walker photographing James Crewe in Dorset, 2018. Dress by Maison Valentino. Coming soon Tim Walker: Wonderful Things Opens 21 September 2019 Book now - link in bio Members go free #TimWalkerxVAM
This is London in 1925. Join our course London Life & Times and journey from 1066 to modern day, mapping the events and individuals that shaped our capitals fascinating history. Visit the link on our profile for more info. . Photograph by Emil Otto Hoppé, as seen in the V&A Photography Centre. Royal Exchange, London, 1925 © E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection. Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Graham Howe.
Go behind the scenes and learn all about the making of our Mary Quant exhibition. Our half day course Staging the Exhibition, guides you through the full process from its conception, through the development phases, to the final display. Exhibition ticket included. Find out more via the link in our bio.
One of the most celebrated photographers, Julia Margaret Cameron included imperfections in her photographs – streaks, swirls and even fingerprints. Although criticised at the time, these imperfections can now be appreciated as ahead of their time. 'Julia Jackson', albumen print, 1867 #JuliaMargaretCameron #Photography
Explore the pursuit of beauty and the sometimes deadly art of make-up in our brand new course Beauty and Cosmetics 1500-1900: LINK IN BIO Drawing on lavish pieces in our collection, examine how women and men across society reconstructed their appearance throughout the early modern period. Image: Madame de Pompadour at Her Toilette, 1750-c1760 by François Boucher
Feast your eyes on Michelangelo’s ‘The Persian Sybil’, found in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Alternatively, find the above awe-inspiring watercolour version from the 1800s in our museum instead! Artist Mariannecci was commissioned to reproduce Michelangelo for the UK population to enjoy. Our brand new Michelangelo & Mannerism course starts in Sept: LINK IN BIO
#DidYouKnow that actress Tilda Swinton is related to the flamboyant poet Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964 )? See Tilda embody Dame Edith’s extraordinary spirit and celebrate individuality in Tim Walker’s new photographs for his upcoming V&A exhibition. Find out more about the exhibition - link in bio. #TimWalkerxVAM 📷 #TildaSwinton Fashion: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Vela, UNOde50, A. Brandt + Son, Lisa Eisner Jewelry Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, 2018 (c ) Tim Walker Studio
How important is the display of a painting? 'The picture itself need not stand more than a foot at very utmost from the ground, to be seen to advantage by a seated person. (... )The picture should slope forward.' Rosetti was very directive to ensure that the portrait of Jane Morris, wife of William Morris, would be exhibited at its best.
Iconic singer-songwriter @saintrecords shares an intimate portrait of life in her film When I Get Home, where she returns to her home town of Texas and explores her Houston lineage 🏡 At this week’s Friday Late: No Place Like Home, we are screening an extended version of the film - a limited number of tickets will be available on the night, on a first-come, first-served basis Check out the full line-up at the link in our bio. #FridayLate is free and drop in #NoPlaceLikeHome #Solange #FreeEvent #WhenIGetHome
It's the very last week of #DiorDesignerofDreams ! To celebrate, enjoy this portrait of Princess Margaret in this stunning Dior gown. Its buttoned bodice and full skirt show just how well the New Look silhouette suited the young princess 👑 Limited tickets can be purchased daily at 10am from the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis until Sunday 1 September. Members go free, no need to book. Supported by @swarovski with further support from @americanexpress
Mushrooms have been growing in our FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition! 🍄 The mushroom farm re-uses coffee grounds collected from the V&A’s cafés. Once fully grown, the oyster mushrooms are harvested by our Head Chef and returned to the café as ingredients, closing the nutrient loop. See the exhibition for a special price of £10 on Friday’s in August! Book now – link in bio #PlateUp #Food #Mushrooms #Sustainability #Coffee #Waste
Have you heard the news? We’re coming to a TV screen near you! We are delighted to confirm that we are working on a unique 6-part series with @BBCArts and Blast! Productions to be shown on @BBCTwo , giving audiences a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the V&A. ‘Secrets of the Museum’ will tell the stories of the priceless objects and the people preserving them. Stay tuned! #BBC #BBCArts #vamuseum #BlastFilms #SecretsoftheMuseum #Museum #BTS #Behindthescenes
Time for a cuppa? ☕️ See how this recognisable kitchen object is made by the oldest remaining maker of the Brown Betty teapot, @cauldonceramics in Stoke-on-Trent. They have been manufactured there for centuries and each pot is moulded by hand using traditional Etruria Marl clay. Discover more about this design classic in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate and at the link in our bio #PlateUp #Tea #Design
What makes a home 🏠? Is it an instinctive feeling of belonging or simply a roof overhead? This #FridayLate , take part in a queer house party, explore the connection between social housing and creativity, and hear stories from those who have crossed borders. There'll also be exclusive screenings of When I Get Home, an exploration of origin and spiritual expedition by @saintrecords 30 August, free and drop in - link in bio. #noplacelikehome #fridaylate #solange #crossingborders #socialhousing #feministembroidery
#Didyouknow that the Rococo style came to England from France in the 1730s? Defined by their extravagant forms of design and bright sugary colours this decadent by Coalport Porcelain Factory is a prime example of the style.
Pre-bookable tickets for #DiorDesignerofDreams have sold out, but you can still explore @Dior in style. Join us after hours for an exclusive late view on Tue 20 August. This special exhibition ticket includes champagne on arrival, a V&A tote bag and the official exhibition book to take home. Book now: #linkinbio Supported by @SWAROVSKI with further support from @AmericanExpress
An example of the best international contemporary design in the 19th century! This beautifully crafted gold necklace was bought for the considerable amount of £30 and was exhibited in the Great Exhibition in 1851. It became one of the earliest Indian objects bought for our museum. #GreatExhibition #IndianJewellery #GoldNecklace #Design
The V&A Illustration Awards ✒️ is the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition recognising the very best in Book, Editorial and Student illustration. Here's a sneak peek at the creative process behind one of this year's winners, @arichardallen Meet all of our winning illustrators, see their work and hear what inspires them at our blog - link in bio. #illustrator #illustration #design #sketches
This poster advertising confetti puts Toulouse-Lautrec's use of the 'spray' or 'splatter' technique to great effect. In a process pioneered by the artist himself, an ink-soaked brush would be held over the lithographic plate and rubbed against a grid, to produce a fine spray of droplets. #toulouselautrec #moulinrouge #confetti #illustration