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!
A little while ago I started writing for Modeconnect, a creative community for fashion education. My first article is a book review of the V&A publication, The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions by Edwina Ehrman. The book accompanies an exhibition that was recently on display at the Western Australia Museum under the title Unveiled: 200 years of wedding glamour. In the future I will continue to write book reviews as well as exhibition reviews. I am traveling to New York City at the end of May to see quite a few fashion and dress exhibitions, including: Punk: Chaos to Couture and Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, RetroSpective at the Museum at FIT, and Front Row: Chinese American Designers at the Museum of Chinese in America.
Photograph courtesy of TePapa Press
I came across Style Bubble’s exhibition review of David Bowie Is and have really enjoyed reading her thoughts and observations as well as the many, many pictures she included! If you’re unable to make it to London to see the show, this is probably the next best thing!
Photograph courtesy of Style Bubble.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, which I apologize for! There is currently a lot of news surrounding exhibitions in London, so I thought I’d share information in a combined post that covers David Bowie Is, Zandra Rhodes Unseen, The Glamour of Belleville Sassoon, and the Runway at the Queen’s event.
David Bowie Is
The blockbuster exhibition at the V&A opened earlier this year to much anticipation and excitement. From what I have heard the exhibition has lived up to expectations! For background information on the exhibition, there is an article by the Guardian as well as the Independent. Worn Through also posted a link to a video that shows the exhibition itself, definitely worth a view for those of us who can’t make it to London!
Zandra Rhodes Unseen
The Fashion and Textile Museum recently announced they will display a Zandra Rhodes retrospective from July 12 through August 31, 2013. As the museum was founded by Rhodes, it is no surprise they have finally decided to put her creations on display! If you haven’t yet come across it, be sure to check out the Zandra Rhodes digital archive – it’s a great resource for fashion history and inspiration!
The Glamour of Belleville Sassoon
With Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, there has been an increased fascination in royal attire, especially maternity clothing. The Glamour of Belleville Sassoon, which will be on display at the Fashion and Textile Museum from September 20, 2013 through January 11, 2014, will display maternity clothing Belleville Sassoon designed (with input and suggestions) for Princess Diana. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 had a few Sassoon designs on display, which brought the design house further into the spotlight. The design house will continue to garner attention with the upcoming exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. For more information on the Belleville Sassoon exhibition, hop over to British Vogue.
Runway at the Queen’s
While not an exhibition to look forward to, the Runway at the Queen’s event in 2014 will be held in conjunction with the four-day Coronation festival, which marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. According to British Vogue, a catwalk will be built in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, which will be available to public viewing. The catwalk will showcase the products designed by royal warrant holders – companies and businesses that have supplied goods or services to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales for five years or more. Brands on display will include Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes and Dege & Skinner, Hunter wellington boots, Milborrow chimney sweeps, and the bespoke Tom Smith Christmas crackers bought by the Queen for holiday celebrations at Sandringham. The event will take place from July 11 through July 14, 2014.
Possibly the biggest fashion exhibition of the year, David Bowie Is, is set to open in merely two days, meaning the press got a sneak peak at the show recently. Thanks to social media, those of us who can’t attend the show have gotten to see some great images. Here are a few from British Vogue and the V&A.
To see a photo of the above black suit on display, head over to British Vogue’s Instagram account.
If you’re able to make it to the exhibition I would love to hear your thoughts!