The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's leading museum of art and design.
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The Qajar series by Shadi Ghadirian is modelled after studio portraits made in Iran during the Qajar period. Like their predecessors, these formal studio portraits contain props that represent the aspirations of the sitters, but the objects they pose with are jarringly modern.
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The original selfie, portrait miniatures showcased extraordinary artistic skill and were more than just an exercise in vanity. From tokens of love, to political gifts, the paintings were must haves for all in those in vogue.
Cecil Beaton was best known for his portraiture of the royal family but he started as a fashion and society photographer. Read more about his career here:
Tucked in the middle of our towering Cast Courts is a long, thin gallery which showcases different ways of replicating art- including 3D printing. Watch when we 3D printed one of our objects in partnership with @RCA . Full video here: 🖨️
In Videogames #DesignPlayDisrupt we go behind the scenes of Nintendo’s creative process for the fantastically fun #Splatoon . Watch what Producer Hisashi Nogami and Head of Software Development Shinya Takahashi thought when they visited the exhibition.
Did you know over 5000 beetle wings were used to decorate this muslin dress? 🐞 Designed around 1868, this dress reflects the European adoption of the Mughal Indian technique, of using emerald green beetle wings to create a jewel-like effect on embroidery.
With Kimono: #KyotoToCatwalk reopening 27 Aug 🙌 (tix on sale now ), see the new dates for our upcoming exhibitions Bags: Inside Out – 21 Nov 2020 - 12 Sept 2021 Epic Iran – 13 Feb – 30 Aug 2021 Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – 27 Mar – 31 Dec 2021
Happy #InternationalMuseumDay , we've got a treat for #AnimalCrossing fans. We've hidden codes for 6 Voysey inspired designs to be imported into the game on our website. Over the next 2 weeks we will be teasing clues. Get started here: #VAMAnimalCrossing