What an exciting time for Great Britain! Congratulations to the happy parents! (In case anyone was wondering, Kate is wearing a Jenny Packham dress!)
"Royal Baby Clothing at the Museum of London"
In a recent announcement, the Museum of London revealed the display of a Sherlock Holmes exhibition in the autumn of 2014. While it was not revealed whether or not the exhibition will display late-Victorian fashion, I think this exhibition will be worthy of a visit! According to the Museum of London, “The ‘Sherlock Holmes’ exhibition (working title) will ask who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he endure” The museum will look beyond the familiar deerstalker, pipe and cape in search of the ‘real,’ complex and multi-faceted Sherlock Holmes…” I will continue to report information on this exhibition as it arrives!
Photograph courtesy of The Culture Concept.
A Royal Arrival
Recently opened, A Royal Arrival at the Museum of London celebrates the upcoming birth of the newest member of the Royal Family. In this display, the museum showcases some of the royal items in their collection. According to the Museum of London, “many of the items on display were worn by royal babies of the past and some of whom later succeeded to the throne.” On display is a cap worn by Charles I, a fine cotton vest and lace mitten worn by George III, a nursing apron believed to be worn by Queen Victoria and a selection of shoes and booties worn by Queen Victoria’s children Princess Beatrice, Princess Alice, and Prince Leopold. The exhibition will be on display until October 2013.
Photograph courtesy of the Museum of London.
In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion
On display until October 6, 2013, In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace “explores the sumptuous costume of British monarchs and their court during the 16th and 17th centuries through portraits in the Royal Collection.” According to the Royal Collection, the exhibition “follows the changing fashions of the period, demonstrates the spread of styles internationally and shows how clothing could convey important messages.” In Fine Style includes over 60 paintings, including pieces by Hans Holbein the Younger, Van Dyck and Peter Lely. Also on display are drawings, garments, jewelry, accessories and armour. The exhibition website has a wonderful option to “view all” the pieces on display, which is wonderful for those of us who are unable to visit the exhibition in person.
Photograph courtesy of The Telegraph.
Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s
On display from July 10, 2013 through February 16, 2014, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s displays the explosion of creativity in London fashion in the 1980s through more than 85 outfits, including pieces by Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. According to the V&A, “the exhibition traces the emerging theatricality in British fashion as the capital’s vibrant and eclectic club scene influenced a new generation of designers.” You can follow along with the exhibitions progress through the V&A’s blog, accessible here.
Photograph courtesy of the V&A.
A few weeks ago, I attended the 2013 Costume Society of America’s National Symposium in Las Vegas. I had a wonderful time, and am very thankful for the opportunity to connect with other fashion and dress historians. Even if you are located outside of the United States, you can still join CSA. To read my recap of the symposium, head over to Modeconnect. Next year, the symposium will be in Baltimore, Maryland, and centers on the theme of “Reflecting Forward: 40 Years of CSA.”
While I had an affinity for shoe-designer Christian Louboutin’s creations before my visit to the Design Museum’s “Christian Louboutin” exhibition last summer, my adoration of his pieces grew even more after viewing the exhibition. This summer, Harrod’s is taking part in the love of Louboutin by hosting a 140 metres square space in their Knightsbridge location. Despite the heavy price tag of a pair of Louboutins, it’s still a treat to see the shoes in person. Following the exhibition at the Design Museum, I came to regard his work as wearable sculpture, rather than just shoes.
It was recently announced that Somerset House will display pieces of muse and stylist Isabella Blow’s wardrobe in Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, which will be on display from November 20, 2013 through March 2, 2014. The exhibition will look at the life of Blow, who was a strong proponent of avant garde fashion, notably that of Alexander McQueen (Blow was an early supporter of his work and purchased his graduate school collection in full). British/Irish heiress and fashion icon Daphne Guinness purchased Blow’s wardrobe following her suicide at the age of 48 in 2007 after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ovarian cancer. According to Guinness, who is the founder of the Isabella Blow Foundation, “I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them [Blow’s clothes] we’ve done the right thing - and that it is what she would have wanted. I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come.” Head over to the Daily Mail to read more about the upcoming exhibition!
Photograph courtesy of the Daily Mail.
Worn Through is a site I have referenced a few times here on Fashionable London. They are currently looking for 1 or 2 interns for the 2013-2014 school year. I think it’s a great resource for global fashion with an academic mindset and this is a great opportunity to get involved!