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You will find me in the library

fashion art and sewing books in the studio

Kerry takes you for a snoop of her book shelves!

If you are interested in any of the books, artists or designers I featured in my little video clip then I’ve popped some links below so you can find out a bit more.

If you are in Essex or nearby and you want to visit my studio to see the books then you would be most welcome. Please contact me via my business website to book an appointment.

I know the books could be quite useful to a fashion or art student or someone learning to sew. I can send you a full list of books to select from. We have a colour photocopier in the studio and we charge 10p per copy (just to cover the ink and paper costs).

Books, artists and designers featured in the video:

Marlene Dumas

Book: Measuring The Grave

Website

I went to see her exhibition ‘Measuring Your Own Grave’ at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Jean Paul Gaultier

Website

Book:

Want to see the exhibition in New York? – get some info here

Alexander McQueen

Website

Book: Savage Beauty

I went to see this exhibition at the Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)Want to see it in London – get some info here

Charles James

At the MET Museum where I saw this exhibition

Book: Beyond Fashion

Guy Bourdin

This is about an exhibition of his work I saw at the V & A

Book: Exhibit A

Ellen Von Unwerth

Book: Wicked – but there are other books with her work

A bit of info on Wikipedia!

John Galliano

A bit of info and updated news on the designer

Book

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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!!


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Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions Around the World in 2014

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

On NOW:

LONDON:

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

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. A great exhibit – read about my visit here.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

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

I really enjoyed this exhibition and the cocktail bar! Read more…image

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.

 

PARIS:

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

Les Impressionnistes de Prive  The Marmottan Monet Museum (Feb 13th – July 6th 2014) (opening hours Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm, Thursdays till 8pm)

NYC:

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.

Gauguin: MetamorphosisMoMA Museum(March 8th – June 9th 2014) – Focuses on Gauguin’s prints and transfer drawings.


 

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

LONDON

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

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.

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.

NYC

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)

PARIS

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

 

 

Fashion and Textiles Museum Artist Textiles exhibition


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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!

Follow the Print Design Trends:

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.

Fashion and Textiles Museum Artist Textiles exhibition


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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:

Blog fash and tex pic

 

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.


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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)


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Visiting Textile Forum March 2012

Yesterday I went to the Textile Forum and it was pumping with people!! I’m sure last year wasn’t as busy. I had a good look around and there were some new/different companies than previously such as the Wool Mark Company. As before, JT Knitting showed a great range of knits and Laurent Garigue Partnership showed an interesting selection, as well as some lovely plain weaves and knits.

I noticed on the Textile Forum website they had a Trend Presentation for students on the 8th March prior to viewing the collections. What a great idea, I bet it was packed out. It’s great to see companies supporting new talent that will come into the fashion industry. I hope they do it again next season.

Back to the business side of things. I like the fact that the Textile Forum is focused on small businesses. Agents and Fabric companies offering low minimums of fabrics is great for the small British fashion business’. On top of this it is free entry to Textile Forum!

I would love for the Textile Forum to be a bit bigger with more fabric companies and have a few features like trend presentations.

Anyway, it was a successful visit for me and I sourced some great new fabrics.