Hi there. Thanks for dropping by. Just got in from London, after a fabby day with my friend Anita at the V&A. We visited both the Mary Quant AND the Christian Dior exhibitions. BOTH brilliant. Very different fashion houses, but BOTH inspirational. I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger ! Do you think I still have time to squeeze that career in? Worth a crack, hey ?!?
Mary Quant. What a Chelsea babe ! She certainly turned fashion on its head in the 60’s with the mini skirt and hotpants! Did you know she was self-taught and started out as a one man band? Yep, she bought the fabric at Harrods almost daily, cut and sewed her designs in her bedsit at night, then sold them the next day – and bought more fabric with the money she made from her one-offs!! Sounds like a gal after me own heart!! Still alive too. What a legend.
Hands up who wore mini skirts ! ( I still do)
And hands up who wore hotpants! I did, back in the day, but not sure I could pull it off nowadays !! Hahahaha. Perish the thought !!!
Now the Dior exhibit was a whole other scene. Couture at its finiset. Did you know that Dior actually only designed for 10 years before he died suddenly? But the fashion House of Dior is something so exquisitely creative, that most designers have come through that house – right up to today.
The fabrics, the colours, the cuts – overwhelming.
The interior setting of the exhibitions is pretty impressive, too. There was a room in the Dior area which was decorated with fantastic all white papercuts. Look!
There was another room which displayed all the collection prototypes. So the white toile shapes, made to check before going itno production. Superb.
I love the V&A. We stayed there all day, wandering through the rooms, chatting as we looked. Great day out. We are both members. Well worth the annual subscription if you live in or around London.
Whilst general admission is FREE anyway, all the special exhibits which are going on year round are free to members, too. The V&A relies heavily on its members, and I feel strongly about supporting such an iconic cultural slice of heaven in London. If you have never been there, make it a destination on your bucket list. As I said to the young German student on the train headed for the city who was going exploring, “for me personally, the V&A is probably the most exciting place in London”.
Super day. Super company. A veritable explosion of style, colour and art. Life is good.
Back to work tomorrow. Big Open Day preparations. But I am all set to rock n roll now! We will have a blast!
Love and hugs,