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Needing a bit of Inspiration?

Read on, there are lot of fantastic exhibitions in 2015 that should inspire you or at least stir some grey cells!

Fashion, art, textiles and clothing exhibitions

in 2015 and beyond!

(London, NYC and Paris)

(if there is a fantastic fashion or art exhibition near you then do let me know!!)

On NOW:

LONDON:

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden, Tate Modern, 5th February – 10th May 2015 Art

I first encountered Marlene Dumas’ work in New York at the MoMa museum. I found her work strange and beautiful, refreshing and stark, modern and classic. I had to have the book Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave when I saw it in NYC. I am booking tickets for this exhibit in London.

Fashion Rules Exhibition – (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – The V&A (14th March – 19th July 2015) – This is a must see fashion exhibition

I loved it when I was lucky enough to see it NYC. I’m so pleased it has made it across to London where it belongs!!

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What is luxury?  – The V&A (25th April – 27th September 2015) A variety of craft discipline from haute couture to a watchmaker. This exhibition will explore the future of luxury ask questions about its role in society.

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s street style – The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ (March 5th – August 31st 2015) £10 10am till 6pm

Sargent: Portraits of Artist and Friends – National Portrait Gallery 12th Feb – 25th May

Coming Up……

 

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon – National Portrait Gallery, (2nd July – 18th October 2015) £9

 

 

Shifting Patterns: Pacific Barkcloth Clothing – British Museum, Free

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain – V&A – (Sat June 13th to Sunday Jan 13th 2016) £12

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture For A Modern World – Tate Britain (24th June – 25th October 2015) This is the first major exhibition in London for almost 50 years of the work by Barbara Hepworth. I love Hepworth’s work and find it to be very inspiring as a designer, especially her sculptures.

If you are ever in Cornwall, go to St Ives, her home, garden and art studio are well worth a visit.

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture – Tate Modern (11th Nov 2015 – 3rd April 2016)

In my eyes his work is so contemporary, it would easily fit into any modern minimalist home. Get ahead of the crowd with this book Calder (Album Series).

Liverpool

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots – Tate Liverpool (30th June – 18th October 2015)

Piet Mondrian – Tate Liverpool (June 6th – Oct 5th 2015)

PARIS:

Jeanne Lanvin – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion (March 8th – August 23rd 2015)
Fashion Mix Musee de l’histoire de l’immigration (till 31st May 2015) = Palais de la porte doree

Jean Paul Gaultier (Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (from 1st March till 3rd August 2015)

Déboutonnez La Mode(Unbuttoning Fashion!)- Les Arts Decoratifs
Doesn’t sound exciting but the pictures of some of the buttons are beautiful (12th feb – sunday 19th July 2015)

The David Bowie ExhibitPhilharmonie de Paris/ Cité de la Musique, Paris, France from 2 March to 31 May 2015

NYC:

Female, Artist, NYC, Exhibition

Frida Kahlo exhibition at The New York Botanical Gardens 2015

Friday Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life – The New York Botanical Gardens (May 16th – 1st November 2015)

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe – The Brooklyn Museum: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015)

China Through The Looking Glass – The Met Museum (7th May – 16th August 2015)

Exploring the Chinese influence on western fashions. The exhibition will juxtopose high fashion with Chinese objects.

Sadly I will miss this one, I do with the big fashion exhibitions would go on for a bit longer. 4 months is not long at all and I think fashion exhibitions are a big draw for those going to the visit the museums.

and whilst you are there (because the entry fee to the museum includes everything) go and see;

Van Gogh: Irises and Roses paintings May 12 – August 16th 2015

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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and friends June 30th – October 4th  2015

One of my favorite galleries in NYC is the Neue Galerie. They still have the  Woman in Gold exhibition on untill 7th September 2015

Fashioning the body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette  – The Bard Graduate Center Gallery (untill 26th July 2015)

I saw this in Paris at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The Curator Denis Bruna has brought it NYC and it illustrates the way humans have changed and sculpted their bodies throughout time

Ralph Pucci, The Art of the MannequinMAD Museum (Till 30th August) Exploring the work of Ralph Pucci.

Alice: 150 years of Wonderland – The Morgan Library and Museum (26th June – 11th October 2015)

The original manuscript travels from London to NYC for this exhibit with vintage photos, origional drawings and letters

Leighton’s Flaming June – The Frick Collection (9th June – 6th Sept 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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London exhibition Wellcome Collection


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Welcome Wellcome – Let Curiosity Get The Better of You

On Friday I went to the Wellcome Collection in London which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a gallery/museum that is a little bit different to others. As a designer and being a curious person I enjoy going to exhibitions and learning new things. I find that inspiration can come from anywhere, you never know when the creative spark may happen!

The main exhibition they have on at the moment is called Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime. It takes you through the development of the different areas of forensics through time. You can look at an 18th Century miniature scaled model of a house that has a murder scene in it (the set of houses are still used in Forensic Police training today).

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One of the Wellcome collection brochures for the Forensics Exhibit

They showed the development of the autopsy. Then taking you right through to today with current developments in virtual autopsies the ‘virtopsy’. You could see the first crime scene photographs and listen to experts explain how it works in their part of forensics. It was very interesting. I really would have liked to have heard a lot more about each of the areas in depth but I’m guessing that would have made it a huge exhibition!

I love a gallery or museum shop. In the Wellcome Collection they had a great range of books that seemed quite different than you can find elsewhere. They also had an unusual selection of gifts and bits and pieces to buy. I could have bought a lot but in the end I bought 1 book!

I would definitely recommend this FREE exhibition as you will certainly learn a lot!

They also have a great little cafe that gets very busy. I wanted to eat in the restaurant upstairs (it looks nice) but I was too early for dinner (starts at 6pm) and I didn’t fancy afternoon tea.

Staircase Wellcome Collection

I love this main staircase in the Wellcome Collection

Reading Room, London

The stairs in The Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection


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February 2015 – Time For A Refresh with Fashion and Food

Here we are in February. Are you feeling a little deflated because you didn’t achieve enough in January or your resolutions were not so resolute?

I think it’s time to get out and get inspired. Whether you love art and fashion, whether you’ve never been to an exhibit before or you’re an avid member; there is a lot to see. I’ve selected some great art and fashion exhibitions it will be worth seeing in February and some food ideas too (because seeing exhibitions makes me hungry!).

NYC

If you’re in NYC go to The Brooklyn Museum for the Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015). Why not make a day of it and have brunch, see some other sites and then have a delicious dinner (a great day out on Sat 14th Feb!). I fancy trying Piquant for brunch and then take a 20 minute stroll to the Brooklyn Museum.

You could then pay a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or Prospect Park Zoo. Once you have built up an appetite I would then take a walk back up through the park to Franny’s. Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner of seasonal Italian food in Franny’s no frills paired back space.

London

If you fancy going to the Rubens and Legacy: Van Dyck to Cezanne at the Royal Academy (24th January – 10th April 2015) you will need to buy a ticket. Once I’ve been to see an exhibition at the Royal Academy I like to head out onto Piccadilly. Depending on what I fancy I’ll either go to Waterstones (On Piccadilly) where they have an excellent cafe on the top floor,


for an afternoon tea I like Fortnum and Masons or for a high end dinner with friends I’ll book a table at a Hotel Cafe Royal.

If you want to take the kids to a free exhibition try the Grayson Perry: Who are you? at the National Portrait Gallery (25th October 2014-15th March 2015). You search out the Grayson Perry pieces that are dotted around and look at the other great portraits in between. I like the sound of the National Portrait ‘Portrait’ restaurant on the third floor. But if you are looking for something a little bit more low key with the kids I’d take a walk over to the Jamies Italian at Piccadilly Circus.

Or maybe head to an exhibition in Paris:
Enlightenment: Carte Blanche of Christian Lacroix – Le Musee Cognacq-Jay (till 19th April 2015) Museum of the Eighteenth Century

 


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Wet Your Arty Whistle – 3 exhibitions to get excited about in 2015!

I am excited about 2015. As well as the usual hopes and promises a new year brings.

For me there are personal and business events happening in 2015 to get excited about, as well as a fantastic roster of art exhibitions!!

I’m so excited that for once there are exhibitions of my favorite artists and photographers! For now I have chosen 3 exhibitions to wet your arty whistle!

Marlene Dumas

2015 begins with an exhibition by Marlene Dumas. Her work is strange and beautiful, modern and classic. I first encountered it in New York at the MoMa museum. I had paid the main museum entry fee and made my way around the museum eventually making my way to the very top floor. Here on the top floor of the MoMa I gazed at the special exhibition of Marlene Dumas wonderful work, a refreshing sight.

I had to have the book of this top floor bonus exhibit! This is the book Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave

So in 2015 I have to see the new exhibition at Tate Modern!

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden, Tate Modern, 5th February – 10th May 2015

Barbara Hepworth

From the 24th June – 25th October 2015 at the Tate Britain there is the first major exhibition in London for almost 50 years of the work by Barbara Hepworth.  According to the Tate Britain website her ‘prominence’ is ‘often overlooked’ ‘in the international art world’. I find that to be crazy! I love Hepworth’s work, especially her sculptures. Her work had a massive impact on the world and she had huge success during the 1930s and then again in the 50s and 60s.

If you are ever in Cornwall, go to St Ives as her lovely home, garden and art studio is well worth a visit. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and this book, The Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden, is on my wish list because the sculpture garden was my favorite part.

To see her work and learn more about Barbara Hepworth head to this major retrospective in London next summer.

Babara Hepworth Tate Britain 24th June – 25th October 2015

Alexander Calder

Finally, in 2015 the Tate Modern has an exhibition of Alexander Calder’s work. The grace and elegant balance that Alexander Calder plays with in his work is beautiful to see. In my eyes his work is so contemporary, it would easily fit into any modern minimalist home.

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, Tate Modern 11th November 2015 – 3rd April 2016

Get ahead of the crowd with this book Calder (Album Series) which receives great reviews on amazon.


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New York New York Exposed

I always try and see some exhibitions when I visit a place. Annoyingly on my recent trip to NYC I was there just a tiny bit early for some of the exhibitions that I wanted to see. But I did go to the FIT museum and see their current exhibits.

Exposed: A History of Lingerie exhibit

FIT exposed lingerie exhibition leaflet cover

The FIT Exposed Leaflet cover

This exhibit was on the ground floor and takes you on a tour of lingerie from Circa 1770 right up to 2014.

One of my favourites was this loungewear set from Regine Brenner (1939) and this 40’s lounging robe from Jay Thorpe.

lounging robe, bedroom clothing

Jay Thorpe Lounging robe 1942

Loungewear from Regine Brenner 1939

I’ve always loved the concept of loungewear and I need to get me some lovely looking lounge wear!

Have a little read of the New York times look at this exhibition: A short discussion on the subject matter & the issues raised by the changes in lingerie over time.

Dance & Fashion exhibit

In the basement of the building is a large exhibition space. Here they hold some large fashion exhibits and this dance and fashion exhibit was no exception.

They had a huge range of themes to show the correlation and link between fashion and dance. There was a mix of mens and women’s wear and accessories.

Some of the clothes on display are fashion pieces inspired by dance – for instance some recent pieces from Ralph Lauren and Lady Gaga’s Point Shoes by Noritaka Tatehana for the Gaga video Marry The Night.

Gaga ballet point shoes from video

Lady Gaga’s point shoes

Other pieces are dance costumes worn for certain productions and were designed by a fashion designer. For example there was the work by Iris Van Herpen for the 2013 NYC ballet Never Where. Read a little about the Iris Van Herpen’s development of the designs on The Cut.

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The front cover of the Dance and Fashion exhibition leaflet – featuring Iris Van Herpen’s ballet costume design

One of my particular favourites were the costumes by Riccardo Tisci (the creative director of fashion house Givenchy) for the Opéra de Paris ballet production Bolero  in 2013. I loved the way the fabric would move around with the dancer and also had a feeling as if the dancer is naked. The costumes are heavily embroidered which is beautiful. They evoke skeletons or tattoos for me which brings a dark edge to the romantic soft skin tones of the costumes.

Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci designed ballet costumes 2013

Ballet costumes designed by Riccardo Tisci

See on Vogue some pictures of a sketch, the costumes on stage and the costumes in fittings.

In 1997 designer Rei kawa kubo (of Comme de Garcon) was invited to design costumes for The Merce Cunningham Dance Company production Scenario. Inspired by the Comme de Garcon bump collection the dance costumes had an interesting tension between the restriction of the clothing and the dancer’s movement. Read a bit more on it here
If this has sparked your interest and you have easy access then it is well worth a visit. You can’t really go wrong with a free exhibition of this caliber!

Take a look at the other current and upcoming exhibitions in NYC, London and Paris.

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Fill your diary with Art and Fashion exhibitions!!

A list of inspirational fashion, art, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

(if there is a fantastic fashion or art exhibition near you then do let me know!!)

This is updated with some great upcoming exhibitions including the not to be missed McQueen….

On NOW:

LONDON:
(19th September 2014 – 18th January 2015) – Fashion and Textile Museum: This looks like another good exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum. It’s on my personal ‘go-to’ list.

Horst: Photographer of Style – V & A (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography) – I’m excited about this one!

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – V&A:  If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

Constable The Making of a Master –  The V & A (20 September 2014 – 11th January 2015)

PARIS:
Dries Van Noten – Inspirations –  Les Arts Décoratifs (March 1st-November 2st 2014)

Fashion in France 1947-57 – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion (July 12th -Nov 2nd 2014)

NYC:

ballet, fashion, design, women, 2013 NYC company

The front cover of the Dance and Fashion exhibition leaflet – featuring Iris Van Herpen’s ballet costume design

Exposed: A History of Lingerie – The Museum at FIT (June 3rd – November 15th 2014)

Dance and Fashion – The Museum at FIT (Sept 13th 2014 – Jan 3rd 2015)

I managed to see both the FIT exhibitions above. Take a little look at my favorite bits here.

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters – MoMa (July 26, 2014–March 22, 2015)

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe – The Brooklyn Museum: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015)

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

NYC:

 

If you didn’t make it to London to see the fantastic Henri Matisse art exhibition or the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion exhibit but New York is more convenient. You are in luck because they are both heading your way in October!

Henri Marisse: the cut outs – MOMA (Oct 12th 2014 – Feb 8th 2015)

Matisse exhibition Tate Modern

Lydia Delectorskaya and Matisse at Hotel Regina, Nice c.1952
Cover of the Tate Modern exhibition booklet

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk – Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway (October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014)

Jean Paul Gaultier Cocktail bar Barbican London

Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning attire – MET Museum (October 20th 2014 – February 1st 2015) This sounds fabulous. The title is borrowed from the 1992 film. Which I remember enjoying a lot at the time! It has Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in it – a must see if it past you by!
Egon Shiele Portraits  – Neue Galerie (Oct 9th 2014 to Jan 19th 2015)

Faking It: Originals, Counterfeits and Copies The FIT (December 2nd 2014 – April 25th 2015)

LONDON

Rembrandt The Final Years (15th Oct 2014 – 18th Jan 2015) – Bringing together 100 works from museums across the world – showing is creative work in the final years of his life.

Piet Mondrian – Tate Liverpool (June 6th – Oct 5th)

 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – The V&A (14th March – 19th July 2015) – This is a must see exhibition. I loved it when I was lucky enough to see it NYC. I may even see it again whilst it is in London! I’m so pleased it has made it across to London where it belongs!!

NYC, Fashion exhibition


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Go Beyond Fashion – an education

Although I spent the majority of the time feeling sick, I recently enjoyed a trip to NYC. Whilst my design studio has been packed up and moved (more on that another time) I took the opportunity to get away.

I often do blog entries about upcoming exhibitions and current galleries to visit. One of these I listed was the Charles James:Beyond Fashion exhibition at the Met Museum in NYC. As I was in NYC I thought I really must go and see it. I must admit that the only knowledge I had of Charles James’ work was his ball gowns in Cecil Beaton’s photographs (like the one below).

Charles James exhibition

But it turns out that Charles James is a designer I should have known more about. A very interesting designer and creative man. I was left feeling a bit guilty that he is not so well known as Dior and Chanel. Christian Dior called Charles James “the greatest talent of my generation” and his work was admired by other designers such as Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
He is basically the first American Haute Couturier (almost Haute Couture – see this blog for a great description of the true meaning of Haute Couture – the mis-use of the words is one of my pet hates).
Back to the exhibition and how absolutely fabulous it was.
There are two parts to this exhibit. The first one you see the actual toiles in calico and a range of ball gowns. Charles James actually had the foresight to save his toiles for future designers/students to see. This in itself was very interesting for me and I would have loved to see more of these. It would have been amazing to have been able to see these more closely.
Then you go into a huge room. This room has low circular stands and on each circle stood a ball gown. This simple idea was exactly what I want in every fashion exhibition. To be able to walk around each ball gown 360 degrees, see the fastenings, see the back details and the front details. It is perfect.
The curators Harold Koda and Jan Glier Reeder should then get an extra star for the idea of the cameras. Each ball gown had a camera next to it which showed an x-ray of part of the garment on a screen next to it. The screen also showed an outline of the garment and peeled away each panel of the dress to show how it was constructed. For the work of Charles James this was particularly important as each dress was very architectural and creatively constructed. On the face of it a dress might have seemed chic and simple but underneath to create the desired shape the dress was cut, layered and structured in all sorts of ways.
The exhibit unveils amazing facts about the pieces. For instance the Swan Ballgown (1954) was made from 1058 square feet (100 square metres) of tulle. The skirt consists of 6 layers and the dress weighs 12 pounds / 5.44 kg). See the image below of the “Swan” and if you head to the Met website here you can see the original pattern pieces for the Swan Ballgown.

"Swan" Ball Gown by Charles James at Met Museum

“Swan” Ball Gown by Charles James at Met Museum

The second room which is in a completely separate part of the museum focused on Charles James dresses, suits and coats. This is the new fashion exhibition space: The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery. Charles James was still very creative with the clothing patterns and construction. I would have loved for each of these to have had separate circular stands and individual cameras like the ball gowns but instead they were placed on a cross shaped platform. The backs of the garments were projected onto the walls so you still go to see both sides of the garments – it was just a bit harder to see and less spacious due to the amount of people. Then there were two very large screens displaying a rotating film about a selection of the garments in the room and how they were created.
What an exhibition and what an amazing designer.
The exhibit is only open until 10th August 2014. So it’s quite a short run for such a high profile exhibition.
If you can’t make it to the exhibition then take a look at the Met website. Here they have some videos – Watch the First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech and cutting the ribbon for the opening ceremony of the exhibition and the new Anna Wintour fashion exhibition space.
Take a look at some images of some pieces in the exhibition.
The Met website is a great resource. You can search their online catalog for various fashion designers and see the various pieces they hold in storage. Click on this link to head to there website where I have done a search for Charles James.