[Pack of six vintage seaside sand castle flags from the V & A's Royal Wedding mini-shop.]
I've always loved the Union Jack. I enjoy seeing how L.A.-based interior designer Betsy Burnham incorporates the iconic flag into her projects (don't miss her revamped site), and my affinity for some of the UJ-inspired pillows hasn't really waned yet. So the current wedding-related flag deluge doesn't bother me. It's fun. That said, even I nearly hit UJ overload the other day while researching the wide spectrum of highly creative goods graphic designers have made in response to the big event. (Initially I wanted a Union Jack rubber stamp but they are harder to find in the U.S. and a little less plentiful in general than I expected.)
The V & A's offerings, which encompass kitsch, Pop, and pretty classic things, include a Big Ben stamp but no flag.
The museum shop does, however, have more new books: Textiles and Dress of Gujarat by Eiluned Edwards, British Textiles: 1700 to the Present with intro by Linda Parry, Japanese Cloisonne Enamels by Gregory Irvine, and coming in September, Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton by Susanna Brown.
[Early-20th-Century Kantha embroidery, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Gift of Karun Thakar in memory of Mark Shivas, 2011. Photography by Longevity, London as seen in Hali, spring 2011. Click to enlarge.]
Also, as reported by Rosemary Crill in Hali, spring 2011, the V & A recently received a gift of seven Bengali kantha embroideries. Made domestically by women, these folk textiles were under-appreciated in the past. Although, Crill notes that the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been ahead of the curve in this area.
Update 7:50 p.m.
If you're curious about Royal Wedding apps, this is a good read. And here's one of the most charming souvenirs. Janet also sent me a link to Liberty of London's display.
Vogue UK's take on souvenirs.
Related past post: What a Girl Wants.