This extraordinarily ornate container was made around 1180- but what was it designed to hold? For years it was assumed human bones, but now, less creepily, it's thought it contained bread. LINK IN BIO for our new Early Medieval art history course which takes you closer to treasures like this!
Lily of the valley (muguet in French) was Christian Dior’s favourite flower. Never without a spray of it in his buttonhole, Dior often asked his seamstresses to sew sprigs of the flower into the hems of his dresses for good luck #DiorDesignerofDreams Supported by @swarovski with further support from @americanexpress
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
Have a flick through these stunning illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages, produced by ingenious craftsmen before the advent of printing. Join our medieval art history course and examine astonishingly crafted artefacts from this era of profound change. You’ll gain insights into the historical context, techniques and artistic patronage that define this period: link in bio
Following her parents' refusal to let her attend a fashion course, Mary Quant studied illustration at Goldsmiths. She later became a self-taught designer, attending evening classes on cutting and adjusting mass-market printed patterns to achieve the revolutionary looks she was after. #WeWantQuant 'Mary Quant' is open until 16 February Book now – link in bio Pencil, watercolour and fibre tipped pen, 1966-1970. Given by Mary Quant.
When James Audubon set out to paint every single bird in America in the 1800s, he didn't count on discovering almost 30 new species of birds, or painting 6 which have since become extinct. See the 435 birds depicted in Audubon’s series of books, at our National Art Library and along with our Special Collections of specifically illustrated works.
Kay Nielsen's Scandinavian roots inspired him to become an illustrator. As a child he drew Viking sagas as they were read aloud to him. He later became known for his own fairytale illustrations such as this one from 'The Widow's Son', a traditional Norse Tale.
Swipe right to see the wood block Henri Matisse had to carve to produce this large print. Through this medium of woodcut printing he translates the vigour of his colourful Fauve period paintings into black and white. Curious about the Fauve period? Immerse yourself in major art movements from the history of western art, with our new course European Art and Innovation: 1720 – 1920, starting in Sept: link in bio!
Pretty in Print. This hand-coloured illustration by Siméon was first published in The Gazette du Bon Ton in 1920. The magazine showcased the very best 'fashion, luxury and art' of its time and featured the very best illustration to match, adding to its sparkling style. #illustration #drawing #fashionillustration #vintage
Decorative lacquerwares like this were made in Japan and China to feed the western taste for ‘chinoiserie’. The playful dragon and luminous shell on this tiny snuffbox have inspired one of the fantastical shoots featured in our upcoming exhibition, Tim Walker: Wonderful Things. Search the collections link Book now - link in bio. #TimWalkerxVAM
Woodblock printing is a technique used widely throughout East Asia originating in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. This triptych by Utagawa Kunisada called 'The Five Festivals' is a prime example of the technique.
Swipe to explore the full body of this elegantly drawn ceiling design by Vincenzo Brenna (1776).Intended for Nero’s Roman palace the Domus Aurea, the building was never actually completed. Examine incredible surviving art from Europe's ancient civilisations on our course The Classical World & its Afterlife: link in bio!
Making a splash. This David Hockney print is where we want to be for the hottest day of the year. #swimmingpools #summer #london #davidhockney #jumpinthepool
#Didyouknow that fruit trees once grew from where the V&A now stands? 🍐🍇🍊 From 1681, until the museum was built in 1857, it was the site of a famous nursery that supplied trees to gardens around the country. Artists @fallen_fruit foraged through our collection of botanical illustrations, rare books and wallpaper to draw on our horticultural history. Read more about this colourful installation at the link in our bio and see it for yourself at our FOOD exhibition #PlateUp #FallenFruit #Wallpaper #Fruit #Art #Print #Garden #Illustration #Horticulture
The print on this dress by Christian @Dior creative director #MariaGraziaChiuri, has been reworked from the C.18th Toile de Jouy pattern - a fabric printed with pastoral scenes. Book #DiorDesignerofDreams now - tickets selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment : #LinkInBio 📷 © Laziz Hamani
Examine up-close astonishingly crafted artefacts from the Medieval and Renaissance like this millefleur tapestry, with our exciting new course (link in bio). Millefleur means a thousand flowers and in the 1500s these pretty but labour intensive tapestries were high in demand. All we have left is this fragment!
#Didyouknow the V&A began collecting wallpapers from its foundation in 1856? From C.16th monochrome patterns to the timeless designs of William Morris (as pictured) to modernist prints, we've got it all.
Looking for an elegant way to ‘pimp your ride’? These mascots are made from press-moulded glass by master jeweller and glass designer of the Art Nouveau movement, Rene Lalique. Used as hood ornaments, mounted onto a car's radiator cap, they capture the dynamism of the machine-age. Book now for our upcoming Cars exhibition - link in bio #VaVaVroom #Cars #Design #Glass #ArtNouveau #Art #Ornament #Mascots © Patrick Mullin
Enchanting elephants and crawling cats. This intricately carved chess set was made in India in 1790. Over 200 years later, these animals were transformed into a parade of fantastical hybrid creatures in one of Tim Walker's stunning new shoots for his upcoming V&A exhibition. Swipe for a sneak peek… Click link in bio to learn more about the object Tim Walker: Wonderful Things opens 21 September. Book now - link in bio. Members go free. #TimWalkerxVAM
A savage beauty. These pieces by Alexander McQueen that reference to nature were a career constant. From feathered fascinators to bodices made from mussel shells, you can clearly see the enduring influence of his botanical and zoological interests. #alexandermcqueen
The detail in this evening dress by Norman Hartnell has us buzzing! Worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a lavish state visit to France in 1957, the elegant satin dress is adorned with ornate pearls, gold & silver with various flowers. Can you spot the bee motif? 🐝🐝🐝
🎶It's the circle of life🎶 The latest version of #TheLionKing is out today, but did you know the stage musical debuted in 1997? These costumes from the original production were designed by Julie Taymor, and are of the villainous Scar and Simba's mother Sarabi. See the costumes in our Theatre and Performing arts gallery. #Simba #Theatre #costume #scar #musafa #nahla
Looking pretty in white for this week's #myvam by @flawedlittlehuman - thanks for visiting! Use #myvam for a chance to see your photo here 💛
A mantua court dress. For when you want to keep it low key. From exquisite visions to peculiar and sometimes dangerous trends, take a 500 year journey through the history of fashion with our new course starting in September. Learn how fashions reshaped silhouettes around the world and trace the makers and movements that changed how we dress: link in bio!
Life's a beach! The legendary Horst P. Horst created images that transcend fashion and time. When the 1930s ushered in huge technical advancements in colour photography. Horst adapted quickly to a new visual vocabulary, creating some of Vogue’s most dazzling colour images.
This evening dress is a stunning fusion of cultures. Designed by Matilda Etches it is an haute-couture interpretation of the wrapped garments traditionally worn by West African women, and takes inspiration for Indonesian batik fabric design.
New short course British Fashion: 1955-Present takes you beyond our Mary Quant exhibition with lectures from experts plus the chance to closely examine original photographs and fashion illustrations. Find out more: link in bio. image © Wieczorekullstein bildGetty Images
This Wedgwood Cameo features a statuesque female figure in classical robes. She is the Mother Goddess Cybele. Whilst the Greeks saw her as the mother of the Olympian gods and goddesses, they did not consider her as an Olympian goddess in her own right.
Through the lens and behind the scenes, dive into ten new fantastical worlds created by Tim Walker. The photographs and films in our upcoming exhibition ‘Tim Walker: Wonderful Things’ are inspired by the V&A’s vast collections. 🔎 Book Now: Link in bio Opens 21 September 🎥 Kiran Kandola, Zo Ahmed and Chawntell Kulkarni Fashion: Paco Rabanne Pershore, Worcestershire, 2018 © Tim Walker Studio 💜 #TimWalkerxVAM
During the 1820s gold became a dominant element in jewellery. The intricate technique of filigree (delicate kind of metalwork) was revived in France then copied in England. Jewellers liked the economical use of gold and wearers loved the intricacy of the style.
Did you know that the discovery of purple was a complete accident? Back in in 1856, William Henry Perkin was trying to produce quinine in his London home-lab. His experiment failed, but he discovered the first synthetic dye that changed the history of fashion. #didyouknow #williamhenryperkin #mauveine #purple #mauve
A beautiful purple haze. Known for his use of light, photographer Chris Levine's career is full of surprising subjects. From Queen Elizabeth II to Grace Jones the portraits are illuminating. This photo of the one and only @Naomi Campbell showcases his distinctive craft.
In the 1500s the town of Deruta speciailsed in producing pottery that was golden-yellow. This was achieved by introducing brushwood into the kiln towards the end of the firing process. The resulting thick smoke creates an oxygen-starved 'reducing' atmosphere, which reacted with the lustre pigments.
We sell over 1,000 coffees every day! ☕️ With the help of @grocycle_project, these oyster mushrooms 🍄 are growing on a bed that includes used coffee grounds from the V&A café, in the gallery of our FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition. The harvested mushrooms will return to the café as ingredients, closing the nutrient loop. See and taste them for yourself, book now – link in bio #PlateUp #SustainableGastronomyDay #Mushrooms #Food #Coffee #Sustainability #FoodFutures #FoodChain #FoodSustainability
No other artist captured the spirit of Paris' C.19th nightlife like Toulouse-Lautrec. Here he depicts Jane Avril, seen here dancing on stage. Avril was a favourite subject of Toulouse-Lautrec's and appears in many of his works from this period.
#Didyouknow Jacob Epstein was born to Polish refugees? Epstein pioneered modern sculpture among other forms of art as seen in his series of watercolours of nature. Discover more about him and other pioneering artists this #refugeeweek
This elegant silk evening dress designed by Jeanne Lafaurie belonged to the ever stylish Gloria Guinness. Guinness had a full wardrobe in each of her seven homes so she would never have to pack. No wonder she was voted one of the world's best dressed women.
Time for tea? ☕️ Teapots began to be exported from East China to Europe in the 17th century. As demand for these fashionable and expensive pots grew, British makers started to emulate them, such as this Elers teapot from 1690–98, made from red stoneware. Explore tableware and traditions in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, book now – link in bio #PlateUp #Tea #Food #Design #Teapot #TeaTime
Coral has been used in jewellery since antiquity, it was believed to be an amulet which could protect against the evil eye. This pendant is part of a set of brooches featuring Greek gods, this one depicts Bacchus, the god of wine.
Tickets for our next major exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things are now on sale! Dive into the fantastical imagination of one of the world’s most inventive photographers this September. Swipe to go behind-the-scenes at one of 10 new photoshoots inspired by treasures from the V&A's collection. Book now - link in bio. Members go free. #TimWalkerxVAM 📷🎥 Pershore, Worcestershire, 2018 © Tim Walker Studio #photography #fashionphotography #art #timwalker #photographer #vamuseum
Here's Zhang Guolao, one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology. He's carrying a a fish drum, which is made of a bamboo tube with two rods. The percussions it produces help to tell one's fortune!
From Poet to Painter, Gabriel Dante Rossetti had a long list of talents. What is lesser known are his chalk drawings like this portrait of Louisa Marks. An extremely prolific creator his work has influenced artists like William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.
Ford Madox Brown was known for painting moral and historical subjects, as well as his distinctively graphic take on Pre-Raphaelite art. His style lent its self greatly to stained glass art as shown in this piece 'King René's Honeymoon'.
This week’s #myvam is by @ditch_the_map_and_get_lost - thanks Kiran! Loving the angle ❤️ See our favourite posts of the week by YOU on today’s story, and don’t forget to use #myvam to see your photo here 🎉
This hand-painted photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry measures nearly 70 metres long. It was made in 1873 by Cundall & Co, and is one of the many precious V&A objects that have inspired Tim Walker's spectacular new photographs, on show from 21 September. 'Tim Walker: Wonderful Things' tickets go on sale on 13 June. #TimWalkerxVAM
J’adore @Dior? Well we have a special treat for you. We have 100 tickets available for #DiorDesignerofDreams TOMORROW MORNING for early entry between 9am and 9.45. These will be available on a first come, first served basis from our Exhibition Road entrance. Tickets are for immediate entry and are limited to 1 per person. These will sold from the Exhibition Road entrance only. Regular day tickets will still be available from 10am at the usual Cromwell Rd entrance.
A continent that started as a love story. According to myth, Europa became the first queen of Crete when Zeus, who was infatuated with her, abducted her in the form of a bull. Not creepy at all... 🙄
By the 1930s, oranges 🍊 went from an expensive rarity to a common fruit in northern Europe. These tissue wrappers were carefully designed to create an attractive, new way of presenting and selling food and protected it from mould! Consider the complex journey your food takes in our new FOOD exhibition, book now – link in bio #PlateUp #WrappedUp #Food #Design #Fruit #FoodHistory