My new fashion crush – Jean Paul Gaultier

The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the sidewalk to the catwalk’ opened at the Barbican in London last week.  The exhibition is dedicated to the French designer and covers all the iconic moments of his 40 year career, as well as the lesser known costumes for film and dance.
My favourite part of this exhibition: being allowed to take photos! Here is a few;

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Jean Paul as a mannequin welcoming us to the exhibition,  very clever use of projection on all the mannequin’s faces.

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His muses – there were many more, including the lovely Kylie;

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Kylie ‘ s tour costume.

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Detail from the iconic Madonna corset, along with other beautiful lingerie inspired creations;

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The highlight of my visit ….. the chance to see Jean Paul in conversation with the fabulous Suzy Menkes;

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He was his usual charismatic self, open and honest. He spoke very very fast in his lovely french accent so I really had to tune in and concentrate to make sure I didn’t miss anything. He discussed his career in general, along with the highs and lows.
He spoke frequently about his boyfriend Francis who tragically died of AIDS in 1990, discussed the time he served with Cardin and Patou in his early career and other designers he had encountered and mentored over the years, such as Yves St Laurent and Martin Margiela (who he spoke very fondly of). He even treated us to some lighthearted banter about the making of eurotrash.
The Barbican (along with the Montreal Museum of fine Art) have yet again achieved  an imaginative exhibition which makes you feel like you are in the world of Gaultier, with creative displays and sets,  the moving faces on the mannequin’s and revolving catwalks.
The exhibition continues until 25th August so there is plenty of time to go and visit.
R x

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Liberty ‘s Lovelies

Another trip to London last week uncovered these lovely ladies in Libertys of London

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Outlandish poses and bubble foil wrapped around their feet, followed by muslin head wraps:

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Probably not what you would see in Harrods but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
These ladies have given me a starting point for ideas for my next photoshoot – coming soon!

Pop Art and Gin

So, is there a better combination!?

Pop Art Design is the current exhibition at the Barbican, from Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (which looks worth a visit, just for the architecture).

A great mix of art and design, including all sorts of iconic objects – from the poster dress to the The Studio 65 Bocca Lip Sofa, from 1972:

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It’s not my favourite era for design but was still a fascinating collection to browse. More than anything, it highlights the items that were absolutely cutting edge design at the time and how much things have changed!

This exhibition is cheerful and nostalgic, you’ll definitely come out smiling!

What might also make you smile is the new Gin Joint, also at the Barbican.  As its name suggests, a place where you can buy Gin, lots of it, in many different forms.

We indulged in a little gin cocktail each;

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A Bramble and a Peppercorn, delicious.

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

On my recent trip to London my first stop was the Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum.

Slightly pricey in comparison to other similar exhibitions but worth paying to get a glimpse in to his fascinating world.

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Maybe its because i’m a bit nosey (aren’t we all!?) but the chance to have a look at what his design space looks like and the images that provide his inspiration and ideas was absolutely captivating.

My favourites were without doubt the wall of images, especially the hand drawn pictures, saved envelopes and thank you notes he has received over the years.  They provided an insight in to his world but also made me want to know more – “who drew it, what letter did it contain, why was it so special that you decided to frame it?”

I rarely stop to watch a film in an exhibition, I am too impatient to sit still for long enough! However, give me a glimpse behind the scenes of a fashion show: it had me hooked, I even sat down.

This one is definitely worth a visit if you can;  have a look at the teaser film here to make your mind up!  Inspiring and fun. ( it’s on until 9th March)

We spent time looking at the museum collection, which never really gets dull – but the highlight of the other exhibitions was the the Designers in Residence collection, showcasing four new and emerging designers early in their career.  3D printing, fascinating stuff.

Next up: Pop Art (and Gin) at the Barbican.

London Bound

I’m currently planning a research trip to London in December and am trying to decide what I can cram in to a long weekend.

Already booked is Isabella blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset house, celebrating the extraordinary life of the late Fashion patron;

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I have toyed with the idea of taking a little skate at Somerset House while I’m there but decided that I’m maybe a little out of practice.

Other must see’s include ‘Hello my name is Paul Smith‘ at the Design museum;

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Pop Art Design’ at the Barbican, and a Gincognito at the new Gin joint.

‘Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr’, at the Science Museum looks like a really quirky exhibition of photography from the late 1960’s and 70’s capturing eccentricities of the english way of life.

Just take a look at these Ladies:

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Of course it would be silly not to take the chance to do a little shopping while I am there so I will be popping in to Present and Correct for some lovely stationery – I will be hunting down this 2014 wall planner by Crispin Finn;

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and of course Liberty of London to top up my sewing supplies.