Friday Fashion Inspiration Exploration

I eventually found the time to go to the Fashion and Textile Museum current exhibition ‘Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol’ on Friday!

It actually turned out to be very relevant time for me as I’m currently working on some print designs.

I wanted to share some of my favorites from the exhibition with you but not all – you really need to go see for yourself!! It’s on until 17th May so you have plenty of time still !! There is so many lovely prints to see and a big variety of styles as well – it is hard to pick favorites!

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The exhibition starts between 1910 and 1939 with work by Fauvist, Fururist and Constructivist artists who became involved in textile design.

It then moves on to the 1940s ‘Brave new world’ textile designs – following the 2nd World War where they focused on creating exports to boost the British economy.

In the 1940s the Surrealism movement starts and you see work by Dali – one of the most popular and fashionable.

Henry Matisse: 'Echarpe No 1' 1947
Henry Matisse: ‘Echarpe No 1’ 1947

 

 

 

Marcel Vertes: 'Vegetable Patch' Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944
Marcel Vertes: ‘Vegetable Patch’ Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944

 

 

 

 

We then move onto the 1950s and this has several different styles going on. Many artists were involved into print design from Miro to Henry Moore. The exhibition ends on some wonderful prints by Warhol.

Andy Warhol: 'Ice Cream Sundaes' Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962
Andy Warhol: ‘Ice Cream Sundaes’ Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve never been to the Fashion and Textiles Museum you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it. With reasonable entry prices, interesting display layouts and a cute little cafe – it’s hard to beat. Oh yea and it’s a 5 min walk from London Bridge: perfect if you work that end of town and you fancy some culture post work.

Networking in Galleries – a great conversation starter

The other evening I tried a new networking group. I chose to go to this meeting as it was in the Whitechapel Gallery, to see a preview evening of the new exhibition on show Hannah Hoch. (click on the link for a great little video talk about the artist)

Felt a bit guilty as I like to try all galleries out – especially in the location I live, and I’d never been to the Whitechapel Gallery before!

I also had never heard of Hannah Hoch before. Hannah Hoch worked in collage and spliced together fashion magazines and journals.  Considering the fact she used fashion magazines/images in such a creative way, it is strange that I had not been introduced to her work in College or University.

Hoch’s work spanned 60 years from 1910 to the 1970s. It was an impressive body of work they showed and it is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK.

Such an interesting woman whose work has a humor and also a commentary on the world around her. She challenges stereotypes  in her works but also asks questions about society during times of huge change in the world.

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Living in Berlin during its many periods of change from being part of the Dada movement and challenging the worlds perceptions through her art works to surviving as an artist through the Second World War.

I would definitely recommend this as an exhibition to go see. It’s on until the 23rd March – still lots of time! (They do late evening openings on Thursdays)

Article from Brian Dillon on the Guardian website

A small bio on Hoch

Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions in Bath, London, NYC and Paris

An updated list of inspirational fashion, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (Bath, London, NYC and Paris).

I’ve also added in some art exhibits that sound good. The fashion exhibits listed are a mix of fashion photography as well as fashion garments. Lots of things happening in 2014 – it’s going to be a busy year!

On NOW:

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Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. Looks like it is going to be a particularly colourful and interesting exhibit.

The Sunflowers (25th Jan- 27th April) The National Gallery: See all three of Van Goughs Sunflower paintings together and delve deeper into the paintings with results of scientific research on display as well. (I was excited to find out about this!)

The Georgians (25th Jan 2014 – 1st Jan 2015) The propriety of dress in the Georgian period on show at the Bath Museum of Costume.

17th Century Gloves – Whilst your in Bath Museum of Costume – pop in and see the exhibition of rare 17th Century gloves.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (20th Nov 2013 – 2nd March 2014) Somerset House hosts an exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life and wardrobe

Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s (still on till 16th Feb 2014)

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

The Novel of a Wardrobe – on in Paris until March 16th 2014

“Trend-ology” (Until April 30th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) exhibits a range of fashion pieces offering some insight into where trends originate from.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Bailey’s Stardust (Feb 6th-1st June) National Portrait Gallery – All fashion images picked and printed by David Bailey.

Elegance in the age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (Feb 7th – April 19th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) continues to produce interesting exhibits and I’m looking forward to this one. As always the exhibits are free which is really great in a city filled with pay to enter museums.

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014) – Yay!!

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – At the V & A: The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

The Great War in Costume (17thJuly- end August) The Bath Museum of Costume will show a special exhibition with pieces from Downton Abbey as a centre piece! Exciting news for all those Downton fans out there.

Henri Matisse The Cut-Outs (17th April – 7th September 2014) – Tate Modern exhibits the great Matisse cut-out works – I love the bold shapes and colours and this will be the first exhibit at Tate Modern I’ve seen in a long while. Nothing they’ve been doing has grabbed my attention in a while. Maybe I will book for the quieter restricted viewing on the Sunday late evenings 20:00-22:30.

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

Colour (18th June-7th September 2014) – National Gallery: Each room of this exhibition will be dedicated to a different colour. Trace the history of colour in art.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Horst: Photographer of Style (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

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.

Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions in London, NYC and Paris

An updated list of inspirational fashion and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

On NOW:

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (20th Nov 2013 – 2nd March 2014) Somerset House hosts an exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life and wardrobe (I’m definitely going to this one!)

Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s (still on till 16th Feb 2014)

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

Alaia – Still on in Paris until 26th January 2014

The Novel of a Wardrobe – on in Paris until March 16th 2014

“Trend-ology” (Until April 30th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) exhibits a range of fashion pieces offering some insight into where trends originate from.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. Looks like it is going to be a particularly colourful and interesting exhibit.

Elegance in the age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (Feb 7th – April 19th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) continues to produce interesting exhibits and I’m looking forward to this one. As always the exhibits are free which is really great in a city filled with pay to enter museums.

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014) – Yay!!

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

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

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Horst: Photographer of Style (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

Fashion Videos Galore

So the build up to the launch of the Fashion Galore exhibition at Somerset House has begun.

If you haven’t had  a chance to see it yet, here is the Showspace video of a selection of pieces from Isabella Blow’s wardrobe (also featured in the upcoming exhibit) worn by a range of models at Doddington Hall.

My favourite parts are the shoes through the mud, playing in the water and the jumping on the mattress – the realism (if that is the right word) speaks of Blow’s approach to fashion – wearing high end designer pieces to do the washing up for instance. After all, fashion is created to be worn.

There are other videos as well: Lou Stoppard interviewed Isabella’s friends and colleagues see these on the SHOWspace website.

The Fashion and Textiles Museum is Filled with Glamour

I thought I better get started on the list I made of exhibits to see in London.

So when I had an hour spare yesterday I took the opportunity to pop into the Fashion and Textiles Museum and see their current exhibition Belleville Sassoon.

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They had on display some great pieces throughout the times from Belleville Sassoon taking you right up to the current day with Mullany now at the helm creating patterns for people to make their own pieces.
1962 Cream embroidered dress
1962 Embroidered dress
1971 Hand painted Coat
1971 Hand painted coat
1989 Rose printed
1989 Rose printed dress with tulle skirt
They have some of the patterns on display and also some of the dresses made up.
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Some Belleville Sassoon patterns
It’s nice to see the details of these beautiful dresses up close.
1998 satin corset with embroidery
1998 embroidered corset
Even if the styles are not to your taste (because they are very much of the style/fashion of their time) you can appreciate the luxurious workmanship that went into them.
2007 bias red dress2008 Pink crepe dress

2010 raffia dress

2006 Back red latice dress
2006 Red Latice dress: back view
2006 Red Lattice dress: front view
2006 Red Lattice dress: front view

Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions in London

I’ve just been researching upcoming fashion exhibits to make sure I don’t miss anything good!

Here is a short list of what I think might be worth going to see (in date order):

Richard Avedon Women (21st-26th Oct 2013) – So short and it’s this week, so I might miss this which is a shame (photography)

Corinne Day May the Circle Remain Unbroken (21st Oct – 26th Nov 2013) – a talented and inspiring woman (photography)

Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike (till Nov 19th 2013) – This sounds like it could be interesting. I had not heard about Marion Pike before and I have read quite a few books on Chanel. (art)

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith (Nov 15th – Dec 31st 2013) – Recreating Paul Smiths whole design studio in the design museum sounds like an unmissable exhibition to me!

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (20th Nov 2013 – 2nd March 2014) Somerset House hosts an exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life and wardrobe (I’m definitely going to this one!)

The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon (till January 11th 2014) – I haven’t seen this exhibit yet but I have been to the Fashion and Textiles museum and it is a really nice exhibition space. Sassoon was a great British couture label and this should be a really nice exhibit (see my visit and review)

Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s (still on till 16th Feb 2014)

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

Looking a bit further ahead:

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014) – Yay!!

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

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

Horst: Photographer of Style (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

Impressed by Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity

I went to The MET to primarily see the Punk fashion exhibition but also I saw this exhibition, Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity and thought I would visit it too. I really loved this exhibition. Sadly it finished on the 27th May.

So many beautiful paintings, so many famous paintings and some lovely fashion too.

This eight gallery exhibition aimed to show the role of fashion in the works of impressionist artists. During a time when Paris was the style capital of the world, there was a strong relationship between art and fashion.

There was Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass (Musée d’Orsay, 1865–66), Women in the Garden (Musée d’Orsay, 1866).

I particularly liked the painting of In the Conservatory by Bartholome 1881 and next to the painting was the sitter’s (his wife, Madame Bartholomé) gown. It showed how accurate and precise Bartholome rendered the dress in the painting. He saved it following his wife’s death which was shortly after the painting was created.

The exhibition also included men’s wear and accessories, women’s accessories; hats, corsets, shoes, gloves, fans and parasols.

To name some of the artists work on display; Renoir, Tissot, Cassett and Degas. See these pages on the website for images of the gallery rooms, pictures of the artwork and more details regarding what was on display.

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