V&A Magazine Issue 31

Iain R Webb takes us by the hand and leads us through 1980s London, from riotous mobs to riotous fashion

Charlotte Gere looks at how pearls come into being, how they have been depicted and how they attained their power

Amanda Harlech reflects on the significance that pearls have had since her childhood

Emily King considers the relationship between literature and visual material, and the state of the book in the twenty-first century

A poem for V&A Magazine on the theme of memory by Chris McCabe

Peter York discusses his favourite V&A objects

The cover has been created by Terry Jones, founder and creative director of i-D, for V&A Magazine

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