📢 JUST IN: the winner of the Jameel Prize is Saudi Arabian artist@ajlangharemm with his installation 'Paradise Has Many Gates'.
Find out more and see the works of 7 other international nominees of the Jameel Prize in this free exhibition:bit.ly/3C5dD7yC
Textile designer Lucienne Day’s ‘silk mosaics,’ are composed of 1 cm square strips of silk, creating stunning designs through carefully juxtaposed blocks of colours and weave textures.
Learn more: fal.cn/3ieui
#Didyouknow William Talbot was credited as the British inventor of photography? 📷
Often capturing the natural world, his discovery of how to make multiple prints revolutionised image making. Learn more about his life and work:fal.cn/3ie7pcz
Oh hello, Loewe. We can’t resist a Morris print 😍
William Morris’ well-known ‘Strawberry Thief’ pattern was designed in 1883. In 2017, Loewe released a capsule collection inspired by his designs, including this ‘Puzzle’ bag.
From fabrics to furnishings, CFA Voysey was one of the most enduring designers of the Arts and Crafts movement. 🎨
Whilst his work has many characteristics, his patterns that feature motifs from the natural world define his style.f
Happy Un-Birthday, we've got a treat for you. In this chapter of Animating Alice, our heroine meets Humpty Dumpty, who happens to be a pretty grumpy character. Animated by @teamxteam3 and narrated by Katie Leung. Learn more: fal.cn/3ibpq
Traditional Indian dress has been reinvented to create modern garments for new generations, inspiring designers from all around the globe. 😍
See examples from our collection that beautifully combine traditional and contemporary Indian design.W
Think you know your Hollywood movies? 🎬
We’ve been exploring our costume collection to find iconic items worn in, and inspired by some of Hollywood’s most timeless films. How many do you recognise?
Devil's in the detail….🔎
Beading has long been used as a technique to decorate and embellish textiles, like this stunning Joe Casely-Hayford wedding dress. The back of the gown reads “Farewell Sweet Liberty,’ in a simultaneously humorous and poignant statement.y
Did somebody say shoes? 👠
Our collection spans over 3,000 years of history, from the decoratively stitched hemp shoes of the C.1st BC to C.16th Venetian platforms.
Check out our interactive timeline:fal.cn/3i8ojUr
That’s all for this week! Which of our items was your favourite? Don’t forget you can take a closer look at our fashion collection in person. 🎩👗👘
Book your free, timed ticket hervam.ac.uk/exhibitions/bo…BfzF
Take a closer look…. 💀
This vibrant jacket created by Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh features traditional ajrakh printing alongside the skull motif, first popularised in Western fashion by British fashion icon Alexander McQueen.2
Our kinda robe 😍 This silk robe from 1860 is delicately embroidered with five coiled dragons and the eight Buddhist emblems of good fortune (pa ehi-hsiang), whilst the waist is secured with a sumptuous gold cord and tassel.Y
Forget Instagram - during the 1800s, engraved fashion plates were the place to find the latest fashion trends. Featured in ladies’ magazines of the period, many of these lithographs were painted by hand. 🎨3
Celebrating #Pride2021 this weekend?🌈
This ensemble by queer designer Leigh Bowery was originally created for Michael Clark's ballet, ‘Because We Must,’ in 1987 and is based on an earlier clubbing outfit design.5
Can you guess which century these ladies’ shoes were made? 🤔
Prior to the C.18th very little leather was used in women’s shoes. Intended to be worn indoors, boots like these were made with embellished silk grosgrain ribbon. (Not exactly practical...)P
Next up is this stunning Rebozo, a type of shawl from Mexico. The pattern is made by weaving alternating stripes of dyed cotton on a loom. 😍
The garment has many uses, offering the wearer protection from the sun and cold whilst also carrying goods and infants.t
Gianni Versace’s Spring-Summer 1994 collection was one of his most renowned shows, featuring the likes of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss! Inspired by punk, the collection featured lots of oversized safety pins. (You can also see this piece at our #BagsInsideOut exhibition… 👀)9
HBD to iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli! 🍰🎈
Her elegant and striking designs challenged C.20th perceptions of high fashion. Collaborating with Surrealist artists like Salvador Dali, her designs incorporated humour and surprisfal.cn/3i6MTuCX
Strike a pose…. 📷
The C.20th century saw the introduction of fashion photography when major fashion magazines like Vogue evolved from using illustrations. Take a look at snaps from iconic fashion photographers in our collection.fal.cn/3i5wN3X
This photograph by Rinko Kawauchi is from the series 'Illuminance' which looks at the fundamental cycles of life. We are committed to radical hope and as William Morris said, "We are only the trustees of those who come after us."
This is one of six anti-pollution posters produced in 1971. Each poster begins with 'Save Our Planet' then with a secondary slogan concerning the protection of water, wilderness, wildlife, people, cities, and in this example from Georgia O'Keefe, air.
Another example of contemporary sustainable design, this bench contains scraps of denim jeans. Korean design company FABRIKR upcycles discarded textiles, modifying their physical properties to make new and surprising composite objects.
Inspired by the glass bottles he saw littered on the beaches of the Antilles islands, Heineken wanted to produce a bottle that would also serve as a useful building material, to eliminate the amount of litter and waste produced.
In this print, Yinka Shonibare addresses the issue of climate change, suggesting that globalisation, the increasing interdependency of national economies, and the growth of air travel and trade are all parts of the bigger picture.
To celebrate the launch of our Sustainability Plan, our Sustainability Lead, Sara Kassam, is taking us on a virtual tour! At this time of climate + biodiversity crisis, we must use our imagination and ingenuity to catalyse positive change.
From reducing travel, tending our honey bees to reusing exhibition materials, we are committed to a sustainable future.
Explore our most comprehensive action plan to date, published here, setting out how we'll achieve net zero by 2035: fal.cn/3i4Vp
Celebrating the role women have played throughout the history of photography, we are excited to announce The Parasol Foundation Women in Photography Project, a major new curatorial programme to support women in photography.
Learn more about the project: fal.cn/3i2Wy
Synonymous with revolutionary fashion, Dior has been creating timeless designs for decades. Like the iconic ‘Fossil Record’ bag, designed by Marc Quinn. Featuring an orchid motif inspired by his work, ‘The Age of Aluminium,’ 🌺
By the mid-C.17th, changes in fashion resulted in new styles of jewellery. Dark fabrics of previous years required elaborate gold jewellery, whilst the new softer pastel shades saw a huge demand for gemstones and pearls.
Find out more: fal.cn/3i1Gr
Don't forget to catch "You Say You Want a Revolution?" @Everymancinema's across the UK tomorrow: fal.cn/3i1Cl
Directed by curator Emily Kate Harris, the documentary delves into the rebellious spirt of the 1960s and explores the themes of the 2016 V&A exhibition.
The bigger the better! ✨
Pleating is the process of creating multiple folds in a garment, usually to create volume and movement. From sharp suits to elegant evening gowns, check out some excellent examples from our collection.
Originally used by designers to visualise their creations, fashion illustration became an immensely popular advertising tool in the latter half of the C.20th.
Take a look through some beautiful examples in our collection: fal.cn/3hZts
Simply FAN-tastic 👏
This painted fan beautifully combines Chinese and Italian design. Featuring a scene from Belshazzar's Feast, the watercolour shows King Belshazzar desecrating a holy vessel taken from the Temple of Solomon by Nebuchadnezzar.I
From hand-painted French illustrations of the C.19th to C.21st mass advertising, food has been a defining theme in poster design.
Explore its history through our collection, do you recognise these brands? fal.cn/3hYcs
New obsession, ceramics that look like food 😍
These deceptively delicious pieces date back to mid-C.18th Europe, where vessels modelled on vegetables became fashionable, replacing the silver and metal styles used in previous centuries.y
#Didyouknow the V&A awards up to 3 new studentships a year to support doctoral study at UK Universities.
If you're a supervisor looking to develop a PhD project with us to start in 2022, find out more about how to apply here: fal.cn/3hVF4
Now these are our kind of wine glasses….
Aristocrats and wealthy merchants used highly decorative tableware to display their wealth and social status, featuring rare materials like mother of pearl, silver-gilt and engraved gemstones.
#ThrowbackThursday we’re looking at the 2019 installation by @fallenfruit 🍇
Part of the ‘FOOD: Bigger than the Plate,' exhibition Fallen Fruit created 12m of bespoke wallpaper in homage to the museum’s horticultural history.
Time for tea? 🍵
Steeped in cultural history and centuries old, Japanese tea ceremonies are considered an art form. These C.19th woodblock prints by artist Mizuno Toshikata depict the intricate process.
Explore our Japanese collection:fal.cn/3hTXyOz
Inspired by nature…🍓
Natural forms were a popular theme in embroidery through the C.16th to C.18th. Patterns featuring scrolling stems bearing strawberries and pomegranates were often symbolic of abundance and fertility.7
Bringing you some afternoon glam ✨
Timeless and classic, pearls have been used in jewellery design for centuries. But #didyouknow that most pearls start their lives inside an oyster shell? Take a look at some stunning examples from our collection.
A playful take on haute couture, the @Moschino 'Fudge the Fashionistas, Let Them Eat Cake' handbag from 1996. 🍫 The label is notorious for its daring and comical interpretations of high fashion. Book to see#BagsInsideOutt:fal.cn/3hRT5Y