October 2008

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

The Victoria and Albert Museum has two locations in London, but for those unable to travel, their interactive website can also be counted as an important destination. The Museum aims to make their vast collections as widely available as possible and contemporary designers. As a resource for designers in all disciplines, the feature articles, highlights from the museum collections, interactive online exhibitions, and coverage of current designers serve both as inspiration and instruction. Fashion in Motion has given the most relevant fashion designers of our time a live showcase by presenting a retrospective of their work as a fashion show held at the museum; the most recent of this series highlighted three new designers. Feature articles highlight contemporary work influential in the design world in some way. Have you heard of the swarm chandelier made of 16,000 black crystals each hung by an individual wire? Zaha Hadid is one of the most influential architects currently working, yet may not be well known in other disciplines. The website also fosters discussion of relevant issues, such as the role of the future designer. Speakers introduce a topic, and a debate is encouraged. All of these aspects of the website can almost distract from the fact that it is a useful tool; the collections can be searched (even a search for the color orange provided great results) and the online exhibitions are very informative. A library favorite is the interactive timeline on the Golden Age of Couture.

Reviewer: Caroline Bautista, FIDM Library Staff Member