Thursday, 31 May 2012

V&A Re - OPENS with Ballgowns Exhibition

I wanted to show you one of the most amazing excibitions I have attended in a while. As a freashly new mamber of the V&A membership ( student version ofcourse ) I could not wait to visit their newly renovated Fashion Gallerires and their new exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers, opened in the centre of it  Displayed over two floors,Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 feature's more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights..
The exhibition covers over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, are displayed alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

Chcialabym wam przedstawic jedna z najwspanialszych wystaw na jakiej kiedykolwiek bylam:Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950. Jako swiezy czlonek muzealnego klubu V&A (oczywiscie w wersji studenckiej) moglam bez czekania odwiedzic wyremontowana galerie mody z nowa wystawa pieknych sukien balowych, wieczorowych, tych idealnych na czerwony dywan jak i prosto z wybiegow mody, zajmujacych ponad dwa pietra!! 

Kolekcja prezentuje ponad 60 lat silnego Brytyjskiego projektu, i kontunuuje pokazujac suknie autorstwa znanych projektantow jak : VictorStiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders oraz Hussein Chalayan jak rowniez swiezo z wybiegow suknie Alexadra McQueena, Giles Deacon, Erdem czy Jenny Packham.


Eredem's Scetch , below the dress on display :

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Also a large selection of royal ballgowns will be on display, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals.  

I wanted to share this with you all , and encourge anyone to go. The brandly refreshed depratemt is truly an oasis for all fashion intrigued , It shows the journey and developement of Genral British fashion displaying all key pieces for each era, making it approachable and easy to view for all of us . Into fashion or not :).

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, sponsored by Coutts, will be on display from 19 May 2012 to 6 January 2013 with an admission fee of £10.
General Fashion Galleires : are FREE to view. 

Monday, 28 May 2012


The exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Arts sister space, 6 Burlington Gardens, takes you through the one hundred and seventy five year history of the acclaimed Hermès brand. Not just a display of stunning handbags, you will be taken on a journey through six generations of artisan craft to discover the beauty in the process that leads to such incredible results.

Hej !! Nie moglam sie doczekac aby podzielic sie z wami wrazeniami z fantastycznej wystawy, na ktorej mialam okazje ostatnio byc. To nie jest zwykla wystawa.... zdecydowanie nie. Od samego poczatku Swiat toreb Hermesa odkrywasz poprzez wszyskie zmysly. W pierwszej sali mozesz poczuc jak roznego rodzaju luksusowe skory pachna czy jaka maja teksture. Jest to cos niesamowitego!! Materialy sa najwyzszej jakosci. Mozna tez zobaczyc projekcje jak robione sa  wykroje na trzy najslawniejsze modele. W sali obok znajduja sie sie dwa stoly przy ktorych dwie niesamowicie precyzyjne kobiety pracujace oryginalnie we Francji w domu mody Hermesa na naszych oczach tworza slawna KELLY BAG. Pokazujac jak wykonuje sie kazdy najmniejszy detal robia ogromne wrazenie. Nastepne pokoje to cala retrospekcja z bogatej tworczosci oraz wystawa specjalnych zamowien jak i ...... cztery torby specjalnie zaprojektowane na ta okazje: szkocka, angielska, irlandzka i z akcentem walii (?!) :D  Prezentuja sie czarujaco w malym teatrzyku na zakonczeniu wystawy.

London is no stranger to fashion exhibitions this year, as Christian Louboutin showcases his iconic shoes and the V&A Museum celebrates the history of the ball gown (Post about it soon :) ). But for those with a passion for designer handbags, the Leather Forever Hermes exhibition is surely the only place to go, for a unique insight into the design and creation of these decadent fashion accessories.

Thierry Hermes
Founded by Thiery Hermes in 1837, the Parisian fashion house has a long established reputation for working with leather to create harnesses and saddles, before later moving onto bags, shoes, purses, belts and other fashionable leather items, many of which will be on show in the Leather Forever Hermes exhibition. London fashion fans will be able to learn more about the history of the company, through six generations of artisan crafts, which has enabled them to keep on making the same objects with the same skill and dedication since the business began.

The 'Kelly' Bag 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

How Jane's Birkin bag idea took off ... THE STORY of Jane's airplane disaster ...

As we are showing you tonight our visit to the 'Leather Forever' Hermes Exhibit, we bought you should know a bit more about the 'it' girl that Was Dumas inspiration ... meet JANE BIRKIN :

She said: "I remember it well. I'd been upgraded by Air France on a flight to London, and was sitting next to a man. I'm not quite sure what type of bag I had with me - my husband, Jacques Doillon, had reversed his car over my basket, crushed it on purpose not two days before. Little did he know that on this airplane journey, when everything fell out of whatever bag I had, the man next to me said: 'You should have one with pockets'. I said: 'The day Hermès make one with pockets I will have that', and he said: 'But I am Hermès and I will put pockets in for you'."
Her fellow passenger was in fact Jean-Louis Dumas, the chief executive of Hermès. Together they began designing. "I said, 'Why don't you make a handbag that is bigger than the Kelly but smaller than Serge's suitcase?'. And he said, 'Well, what would it be like?' And I think I drew it on the sickbag - or the not-be-sick bag. And he said, 'I'll make it for you'."

Friday, 25 May 2012

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI - FALL / WINTER 12 launch at the Sloane Street Store

Yesterday I was invited by a friend of mine Cameron ( you can see his blog here ) to visit the fw 12 launch at the GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI store in London's Sloane Street . The weather has been lovely so for that worm evening I opted to wear a simple white vest free with nude boots, as I had such a busy day I needed it to be practical :) . The launch was great , we sipped on champagne and freshly squeezed lemon juice and snacked on canapés. The evening was a great way to see and try ( do not tempt me ) the up and coming designs from his fall / winter collection,  and I could not have asked for better company; Here are a few photos from the event and some of the pieces I loved / want  or really need in my life  :