Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions

Dear Londoners and visitors, finally spring is in the full mode and we can go outside and enjoy sunshine, go for long walks, spend lunch breaks in the parks and squares. And for our fashion-lovers this spring brings many exciting exhibitions!

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The one I am most excited about is Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion in my beloved Victoria & Albert museum. This exhibition starts on May 27th and will be running until February next year. Past fashion exhibitions were a huge success, especially Alexander McQueen, so I can’t wait to see how the art and legacy of Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga will be displayed. Beautiful gowns, stories behind them, hats and accessories, all unfold the lifetime story of this iconic master. I expect the exhibition to be spectacular and chic, of a very high standard which V&A always maintain.

The exhibition is free for members and £12 for non-members, tickets can be booked online. If this exhibition is  going to be successful as McQuees exhibition, you should book tickets in advance.

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Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 19.35.31Kensington Palace presented Diana: Her Fashion Story  in February 2017 and it will be on display for a year, until February 2018. I have not seen it yet, but it is certainly on my to do list. The exhibition explores her early style and then shows how it developed throughout her life. Enjoy many iconic outfits, get inspired by elegant and graceful style of Britains favourite Princess Diana.

Book your tickets in advance, everything is completely sold out until May. Online booking will secure your ticket and also save you couple of pounds, online price is £17.10 and on the spot price is £19.00

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Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design exhibition starts on 25th of April at The Fashion and Textiles Museums. You will find sketches, videos, vintage designs from company’s archives. It is only available for short time – from April 25th until May 7, you can book your tickets at the venue at £9.90.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 19.32.45Another upcoming exhibition at The Fashion and Textiles Museum –  The World of Anna Sui. The exhibition is on from 26 May and runs until 1 October 2017. Over 100 pieces from designers archives would be on display, demonstrating the evolution and trends of Annes style. You can book your tickets here.  Note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

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Somerset House will feature  Francesca Granata – American author and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History. She will be lecturing on her recent book “Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival, and the Grotesque Body”. Francesca Granata is also the editor and founder of the journal Fashion Projects. Her work has appeared in Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, and The Journal of Design History, as well as in a number of books and exhibition catalogues. Experimental fashion explores close relationship between contemporary fashion and performance art, it also questions contemporary image of fashionable body and looks into experimental performance outfits like Lady Gaga’s costumes.

The lecture start at 6:30pm on 6th of April and last for two hours. Thickets are essential due to limited space and can be purchased only for £5 here.

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So plenty things to see this spring! It is that time of the year, let’s take of our winter coats and get out there with a bit of fashion.

 

Elisabetta Cipriani

Elisabetta Cipriani is a Mayfair based gallery featuring Jewellery by contemporary artists. All pieces presented in the gallery are either unique or limited and created exclusively for the gallery. Jewellery is created from precious metals by painters and sculptors. Some artists have never created jewellery before which makes the outcome even more special.

Jewellery collection is huge, even though the display room is rather small, there are many more pieces than shown on the display. More than 20 international artists are featured in the gallery so you can find a piece of jewellery for every taste: from traditional and elegant earrings and necklaces by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov to experimental massive ring by Frank Stella.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The Fly. 2010. Beautiful collection of earrings, ring, necklace and bracelet is made of 18k gold and precious and semi-precious stones.

Frank Stella. Ring. 2008. This is the first piece of jewellery ever made by Stella, American painter and printmaker. This ring is bold, massive and complex. Metal is 18k yellow gold is bent into cures, loops and spirals. It is truly exceptional piece, you can find anything like it on the High Street.

Giorgio Vigna. Sasso. 2015. My personal favourite was collection of brooches. They are made from different metals – copper, silver and gold platings. Each brooch is fixed by strong magnet so you can put it anywhere without damaging the material. Each piece is unique and signed. I absolutely loved it! It is a great accessory and it goes great with coats and jackets.

If you want to possess something unique, something special, Elisabetta Cipriani is definitely the place to find it. Wide selection, great designs and very helpful staff. Not only you get great piece you get the history behind it, this is why jewellery in Elisabetta Cipriani  is so special and nothing like you can find in fashion stores.

The Vulgar

The Vulgar is a fashion exhibition capturing the meaning of vulgarity and how it changed overtime with fashion. It is displayed in Barbican Centre and it is until 5th of February. There are many gowns designed by famous designers and brands.

The exhibition is divided by theme not chronology, so sometimes it is a bit confusing. “The Vulgar” is spread over two floors and I enjoyed the second floor much more than the first floor. It appeared more diverse and engaging – there were some magazine covers, sketches, small interview with designers.

Overall it is worth going, it gets you thinking how vulgarity developed overtime and how its meaning transformed. Nudity used to be vulgar, then symbols of power, ripped clothes etc. I think that “hair” trend is the peak of vulgarity in modern fashion..

Manus x Machina

For this year The Costume Institute’s theme is Manus and Machina – hand vs technology. How has the fashion world changed in the age of technology? What is the difference between hand crafted fashion items and machine-made?

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents the Manus x Machina: Fashion in the age of technology exhibition until 14th of August. There are more than 170 beautiful gowns that address the difference between hand crafted materials and machine made. There are some incredible evening gowns created by Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and other famous designers. There is also a wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel with a 20-foot train. The presentation is also fantastic: details of  embroidery projected onto the domed ceiling.

The Met Gala this year presented different gowns created by high fashion designers celebrating Manus vs Machina theme. There were some cutting-edge technologies used to create the dresses and develop the theme. Men vs Machine is a big topic for debate not only in fashion but in all other industries. During Industrial Revolution millions of people were replaced my machines and lost their jobs, however the production process became more efficient. Now back to fashion..

Here are some gowns that I found remarkable, I picked three dresses that I think unraveled this theme the most.

The first dress is created by Calvin Klein for beautiful Emma Watson, this dress is a “score” for technology. It is made purely from recycled plastic bottles.

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The best hand-made dress was created by Burberry for Blake Lively. It was a beautiful pink dress with hand crafted red flowers. This dress is too elegant and delicate to be manufactured on a machine, so this is a win for hands.

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The next dress ticket both boxes: it was hand sewed but could not be created without technology. This “cinderella” gown for Claire Danes. The dress was literally glowing in the dark due to organza and fiber optics.

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Century Vogue

National Portrait Gallery has many beautiful exhibitions this spring and one of them is a must for fashion lovers – Vogue 100: a century of style. It celebrates a birthday for an iconic British magazine and fashion bible. The exhibition is on from 11th of February until 22nd of May, so those who are in style still have plenty of time to visit it multiple times!

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The exhibition is dedicated to a long history Vogue gathering a wide range of photographs commissioned by the magazine. The retrospective is organised by decades: visitors start from the most recent room 2010s and then go backwards to 2000s and all the way to 1910s. It is nice to see it in reverse and follow how fashion was developing.

Every decade is different and you can see how trends changed in clothes, hair, make up. Some decades signify the revolution of women role in society, some address political issues in society and all this is done in a beautiful fashion manner.

Each room is full of A-list celebrities portraits by top photographers from different industries: fashion models, actors and artists. Exhibition also features 100 magazine covers and short films of how photoshoots were taken.

It is also fascinating to observe how people are dressed, it is no wonder they say that Vogue is the most iconic fashion magazine – it attracts stylish visitors.