1950's make-up, Chanel, Dior, Erwin Blumenfeld, fashion photography, Grace Kelly, Jean Patchett, Lisa Fonssagrives, London, Marion Cotillard, Miles Aldridge, peter lindbergh, photography exhibitions, Somerset House
London‘s Somerset House has a fine fashion pedigree as the home of the British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week, and to the delight of us stay-cationing London fashionistas is currently hosting two fashion photography exhibitions. The retrospective Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me runs till September 29th 2013 and coincides with the publication of a book of his cinematic work.
Having immersed yourself in the colour-bath of Aldridge’s work you must pop nextdoor see the Erwin Blumenfeld exhibition. Blumenfeld is a master of colour creating some of the most iconic fashion photographs and portraits of the 20th century which you can enjoy along with originals, magazine covers and a short biographical film.
Who didn’t gasp on first seeing Lisa Fonssagrives elegantly hanging from the Eiffel Tower, for Vogue 1939.
Grace Kelly‘s classic beauty captured in a 1955 shoot for Cosmopolitan.
Blumenfeld’s Vogue cover shot of Jean Patchett sets the standard for the perfect 1950’s maquillage– arched brow, doe eye, beauty spot & red lips- still stunning 60 years on.
And if this all leaves you wanting just a little more- indulge in The Telegraph’s gallery of iconic Blumenfeld shots.
The much anticipated David Bowie exhibition at London’s V&A museum is being enjoyed by record-breaking numbers of visitors. We swelled those numbers by taking the London College of Fashion‘s Access Fashion Business students, many of whom were newbies to the wonders of the Bowie!
The exhibition claims not to be a retrospective but uses David Bowie’s own vast archive- including hand written lyrics to many of his iconic songs, stage costumes and ‘sound and vision’- to explore the influences on, and influence of Bowie.
Accompanying the exhibition are a range of talks and activities. Curators Jeffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes treated a captivated audience to a glimpse behind the scenes of staging the exhibition- their visit to the David Bowie archive in New York, how they selected artefacts to exhibit and explained the innovative audio-visual experience visitors enjoy as they tour the exhibition. They also shared their surprise and delight at the amazing coincidence of their opening coinciding with Bowie’s latest (highly secretive) album release- The Next Day.
The fabulous Theatre of Fashion‘s Amber Jane Butchart in conversation with Helene Thian as part of the V&A Bowie weekender explored Bowie’s interest in kabuki theatre and his creative collaboration with Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto which spawned many iconic costumes.
The V&A shop features some fun products- I love the Bowie paper doll book.
All the world’s got Bowie-fever including Vogue Japan– the April 2013 edition features ‘Fashion Warrior’– a Bowie fashion spread.
On Saturday I spent a fascinating fashion day at Snibston Costume Gallery at the Costume Society‘s Utility Fashion in Wartime Study Day. Philip Warren started the day by exploring the social, political and economic context of 1940’s Britain that led to clothes rationing being introduced in June 1941.
Jenny Lister of the V&A museum followed with a detailed review of the Board of Trade Utility collection, which tasked the Incorporated Society of Fashion Designers to produce stylish fashion in accordance with strict wartime restrictions.
I gave a talk on the Make Do & Mend campaign through which Mrs Sew and Sew encouraged the mending and remodelling of pre war clothing: on hand were examples of a blouse made from salvaged parachute silk, a jigger jacket made from a baby’s blanket, a 1940’s party dress remodelled from a bias cut 1930s wedding dress and dyed and coats made from Victorian shawls.
Currently the interest in wartime crafts is so strong that the Mrs Sew and Sew leaflets have been reproduced in this cute book
A tour of the CC41 Utility Fashion in Wartime exhibition was followed by Professor Lou Taylor’s thought-provoking examination of Paris Couture during the war.
We were lucky to finish the day with two private collectors- Alisdair Peebles and Janet Godfrey of the Kent Costume Trust– sharing their collections with us. And re-enactors Sandra Gribben and Tracey Cork stole the show with their fabulous 1940’s ensembles.
Fashionistas check out Shopgirl Magazine, fashion blogger chicstranger‘s latest project.
The retail sector is one of the UK’s largest employers with approximately 3 million people working in retail in 2011 and in an increasingly globalised economy customers are demanding an increasingly personalised experience. Thus Shop Girl magazine was created to address the significant lack of fashion and lifestyle media tailored specifically for people working in retail.
I hope you enjoy looking through the result of my first project for MA Fashion Journalism at London College of Fashion.
Ralph Lauren‘s Spring Summer 2013 collection offers sharp silhouettes in a simple colour palette of red, black, white and turquoise and a stylish take on the Spanish matador with hats, capes, jodphurs & ruffle detailing. There were a series of LBDs but the most stunning dresses were a red strapless gown with detailing on the bodice & a white column dress worn with a flat-topped Spanish hat & a red flower at the hip.
Check out the entire collection on Style.com
Karl Lagerfeld, Geza Schoen & Gerhard Steidl have collaborated on a new scent with a little help from Wallpaper* magazine. Paper Passion captures the aroma of a freshly printed book & is presented in the secret cavity of a book that includes writings from Karl Lagerfeld, Günter Grass, Geza Schoen & Tony Chambers.
As the summer beckons with all the new season clothing choices to make, what better way to spend a lazy afternoon than browsing the UK Vogue Magazine Cover Archive. Enjoy a taste of summers now & then with a selection of covers from 1922-2012.
Sportswear has long influenced fashion & in this Olympic summer who better to grace the cover of US Vogue than gold medal hopefuls Serena Williams, Hope Solo & Ryan Lochte. Enjoy these images from the Country Strong photoshoot by Annie Liebowitz featuring US athletes & model Karlie Kloss & then check out the behind-the-scenes video
Jonathan Horton on the parallel bars with Karlie Kloss in Victoria Beckham.
Dwayne Wade shoots hoops with Karlie Kloss in Oscar de La Renta.
Ashton Eaton hurdles Karlie Kloss in Oscar de La Renta.
Ryan Lochte dives in with Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney.
Models Julia Nobis & Hanne Gaby Odiele styled by Robbie Spencer & photographed by Richard Burbridge present a whimsical story of plentiful produce showcasing this summer’s voluptuous vegetable trend wearing Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, & Alexander McQueen styled to the nth degree with your daily five!