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Balenciaga is pure fashion inspiration at the V&A Museum
Balenciaga : Shaping Fashion is pure fashion inspiration at the V&A Museum. One of this summer’s important exhibitions, the craft and sheer brilliance of the Balenciaga gowns is worth a visit alone. However they are married with work from current big name fashion designers and these often only seen on the catwalk creations are equally as inspiring for any would be fashionista’s too. Having also seen the Pink Floyd ...
The beautiful new Design Museum Kensington
The beautiful new Design Museum opens on November 24th on the site of the old Commonwealth Institute just off Kensington High St. I was lucky enough to be invited to the press preview for this sure to be iconic building, a renovation of the older iconic and listed building whose outer shell and parabolic roof it retains. I visited the original quite a few times in my younger days and ...
The Vulgar: Fashion redefined haute couture at Barbican Art Gallery
The new exhibition, The Vulgar:Fashion Redefined at the Barbican Art Gallery has a very wide definition of vulgar indeed. Running from 13th October to 5th February it is a blockbuster show for the Barbican Centre. Divided into spaces with a different definition of vulgar in each and with outfits running from the Renaissance through to the current day what this show does offer is a fantastic opportunity to see stunning ...
1920’s Jazz Age fashion recreated
1920’s Jazz Age fashion is recreated for the new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, London. A fantastic selection of 20’s gowns and daywear from the collection of Cleo and Mark Butterfield is displayed in themes for the decade of the 1920’s ending with the crash of 1929, a timely reminder for our own era. What surprised me about the collection was not only the incredibly good quality of ...
You Say You Want a Revolution – Records and Rebels
You Say You Want a Revolution – Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970 is the new exhibition blockbuster at the V&A Museum which opens on Saturday 10th September. Anyone with an interest in the amazing 1960’s youth-quake will love this exhibition, there is just so much material that it seems incredible it all happened in just 5 years and graphic design aficionados will especially love it for all the album and wall art displayed. I ...
The Hay Store coolest interiors shop in Copenhagen
The Hay Store is always on my hit list when I visit Copenhagen. The coolest interiors store in town, they always have a few new surprises for a new season with quirky mementos that are easy to buy and transport. Known for their bold coloured stationary and bedding, rather less for their geometric furniture, its the kitschy ornaments and ceramics that I always delight in.
Hello, My name is Paul Smith. Fantastic exhibition at The Design Museum 15th November – 9th March
The ever inspirational genius of Paul Smith has taken over a floor at The Design Museum for a celebratory exhibition that covers his beginnings and working methods over his 40 year incredibly successful career. The visuals here are of course fantastic but there is also an important lesson to be learnt by every design student in the land listening to his working ...
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