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More than three decades after his death, the Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) has become a legendary figure in the history of 20th century fashion. This book examines Balenciaga's design and business practice, placing him in the context of the time and country in which he learnt his trade and the international fashion scene.
Packaged in a colourful presentation box, these beautiful, intricate patterns by visionary designer William Morris and his company offer the perfect introduction to the V&A's extensive Morris collections. The postcards include wallpaper, textile and tile designs and are a must-have for design fans.
This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) invites you into the creative mind and world of one of Britain's most brilliant, daring and provocative designers, and the many themes and references that shaped his visionary fashion collections.
This is the first book produced with access to the David Bowie archive of performance costume, ephemera and original artwork by the artist, which is brought together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations.
Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe presents a fresh view of Kahlo's compelling life story. The book expands upon the narrative of discovery, presenting highlights from Kahlo's collection alongside her self-portraits. This pairing is unprecedented, and it will be enriched by specially commissioned photography of her belongings.
In 1947 Christian Dior rocked the fashion world with his "New Look" which dominated post war fashion and firmly secured the name of his house in the minds of the public and the fashion industry. This book examines the seminal years of Christian Dior, 1947-1957, from an international perspective.
A journey through the unique creative mind of one of the world's leading photographers, this book includes over 100 new photographs by Tim Walker, inspired by the V&A's enormous and eclectic collection, from Renaissance stained glass to an Alexander McQueen gown.
Reveals the secrets of style and covers topics from what to wear to a wedding and how to tie a scarf to how to walk with grace.
This attractive series reveals the V&A's spectacular and extensive pattern collections. Each title in the series includes a free CD of high resolution images. William Morris showcases the work of William Morris and Morris & Co. These popular repeating patterns possess a timeless quality and have a modern appeal surprising in work created over 120 years ago.
These beautiful postcards have been selected from the bestselling V&A Pattern titles. Drawing on designs intended for textiles, wallpaper, fashion and furnishing, this richly varied collection is a resource for artists, designers and students, as well as a charming addition to the design fan's stationery collection.
An autobiography that gives an insight into the workings of a great fashion house, while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment. It is also a portrait of the classic Paris haute couture of the 1950s and offers a glimpse behind the scenes.
William Morris Textiles was the first comprehensive survey of the many hundreds of original, colourful textiles produced by William Morris and the two commercial companies he founded and managed. To this day it remains the authority in the field, and this revised edition has been completely rewritten and expanded with beautiful new photography.
Explores the global impact of Alice in Wonderland across art, design and performance from the 19th century to today. It shows how Alice has been re-imagined and reinterpreted by each new generation: from the original illustrations by John Tenniel to artwork by Salvador Dali, and from the 1951 Disney movie to Tim Burton's latest interpretation.
Shortlisted for the Textile Society of America's R.L. Shep Award 2020. The kimono is the ultimate symbol of Japan, revered as the embodiment of national culture and regarded internationally as an exotic fascination. Often viewed as unchanging and timeless, this book counters that, presenting the kimono as highly dynamic and fashionable.
Epic Iran brings together 250 fascinating objects and images to cast a rare light on 5,000 years of history, showing how civilized life emerged in Iran around 3,200 BC, and how a distinctive Iranian identity, formed 2,500 years ago, has survived until today, expressed through artistic continuities, religious affiliations and the Persian language.
Elegantly packaged in a bespoke box, these 100 postcards feature some of the most spectacular examples of ukiyo-e, including pieces by Hiroshige, Kunisada and Hokusai, all sourced from the V&A's outstanding collections
This breathtakingly detailed book presents dress patterns, construction details, embroidery and making instructions for fifteen garments and accessories from a seventeenth-century woman's wardrobe. Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment alongside photographs of the objects and x-ray photography.
Through the voices of fans, journalists, practitioners, novelists and academics, Hallyu! Explores the makings of the Korean Wave of cultural influence over the interlinked creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.
This fully illustrated collection of essays, by distinguished scholars and experts in the field, focuses on the process of sculptural design in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe.
With contributions from experts on cloth, fashion and cultural history as well as the voices of makers and designers, this inspiring and arresting book offers a window into one of the most innovative, exciting and thoughtful areas of fashion today.
This witty and appealing pocket diary for 2022 pairs illustrations from Lewis Carroll's much-loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with objects from the rich collections of the V&A.
The V&A houses a remarkably rich and varied collection of works that depict and interpret the countryside. A small but beautiful selection of these rural scenes and motifs feature in this irresistible page-per-week diary.
Featuring a staggering range of cultural touchstones from Hercules to Virgil Abloh, Giovanni Battista Moroni to Jawaharlal Nehru, Yves Saint Laurent to Kehinde Wiley, Fashioning Masculinities challenges our preconceptions, revealing the fascinating historical roots beneath the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance today.
Featuring over 120 pieces, from delicate flowers to Imperial Easter eggs, and with contributions from leading experts Faberge: A Russian Love Affair celebrates the enduring fascination with this master craftsman's works.
Generations of children have been captivated by the exploits of Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin, Peter Rabbit and the host of other characters conjured up by Beatrix Potter. Packed with original artwork, this book, looks at secrets to her success and celebrates her wider life and legacy - that stretch far beyond the pages of her storybooks.
A beautifully illustrated, wide-ranging study of Huguenot craftsmanship and trading.