Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Body Adorned | Dressing London

Why do we make our dress choices in today's capital?
The Body Adorned exhibition reveals how a diverse population clothe and adorn their bodies to find their place in the metropolis. Over time, saris, tattoo parlours, nail bars, distended ears and scarification have become a visible, everyday part of the London cityscape. But how did cultural adornments become integrated into urban London life? 
The exhibition considers how the movement of people, objects and ideas influenced London dress in the past and explores body adornment in today’s world city of London.
Ultimately we invite you to look at how you dress your body and why.
The exhibition features hundreds of stunning objects from the Horniman’s collections including adorned figures, early tattooing instruments and headdresses, a film installation by The Light Surgeons, several wardrobes of London residents exploring why they wear what they wear and urban street portraits taken by young people.

The exhibition is free, and open from Saturday 24 March until Sunday, 6 January 2013. It's open everyday, from 10.30am until 5.30pm.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

V&A Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 exhibition

EXHIBITION: This spring the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.
Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will present more than sixty designs, including eveningwear by Norman Hartnell, Victor Stiebel and Zandra Rhodes alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packman.
The exhibition will feature a selection of royal ballgowns, including Princess Diana's 'Elvis Dress' designed by Catherine Walker, dresses as worn by actresses and celebrities including Beyoncé, Sandra Bullock and Elizabeth Hurley, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.
Part of British Design Season at the V&A
Sponsored by Coutts
Giles Deacon Spring-Summer 2007 Photographer Tim Walker Model Coco Rocha © Tim Walker Art + Commerce

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

"i see no sea"

Directed by Robyn Underwood / filmed by Adrienne Underwood, edited by Thomas Jennings.
Music by 'Underwood' produced by Thomas Jennings.

Submitted as part of Year 1 Shirt Stories project

Monday, 16 April 2012

Year 1 | Shirt Stories

Well done all for hand-in,
Shirt Stories: the marking begins....

Interesting details coming through..

Saturday, 14 April 2012

An Imaginary Fly Listens In..

a few snippets from the dialogue assembled by the curators of the Met exhibition. Parts of the dialogue will be included in the catalog and video installations throughout the show.  

A new show called, “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations,” looks at the two designers who certainly wouldn't argue.

ES: Many men admire strong women, but they do not love them. Some women have achieved a combination of strength and tenderness, but most of those who have wanted to walk alone have, in the course of the game, lost their happiness. 

MP: I’m interested in the lives of women in general, which is why I love aprons. The apron is a recurring theme in my work because it is symbolic of women’s sufferance. ... It’s an emblem of women’s despair, their poverty, their passions. I love drama and romance. It’s one of the reasons why I love antique jewelry — I like to live the lives of other women. 

 May 10–August 19, 2012

Friday, 13 April 2012

Year 1 - Generic Fashion - Hand-in

Hi Guys,

You are presenting your Generic Fashion projects this week.
Everyone is presenting their fashion story/editorial in a magazine supplement format:
-magazine cover with logo and appropriate cover details
-fashion story (titled + all clothing and production fully credited)

This magazine supplement is to be presented in a physical form in a way that reflects your fashion shoot/magazine's identity. It should feel professional and beautiful - you have had plenty of time to make it so!

The fashion story must be laid out on your blog as well. To the people doing moving image work - this can be on your blog too.


Saturday, 7 April 2012

For the Weavers / Lovers of Bauhaus

Textile artist and designer Ptolemy Mann leads a tour of the exhibition focusing on weaving and the use of colour. An expert in the ikat technique, Mann considers the lasting influence of innovations made by those who studied and worked in the Bauhaus weaving workshop.

24th May 2012 7:00pm
Note: Must book in advance!

And for anyone in Berlin over this summer, make sure Bauhaus-Archiv museum is on your to-do list

Yayoi Kusama:Tate Modern / 9 February – 5 June 2012

At the centre of the art world in the 1960s, she came into contact with artists including Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell and Claes Oldenburg, influencing many along the way. She has traded on her identity as an ‘outsider’ in many contexts - as a female artist in a male-dominated society, as a Japanese person in the Western art world, and as a victim of her own neurotic and obsessional symptoms. After achieving fame and notoriety with groundbreaking art happenings and events, she returned to her country of birth and is now Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist.


Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. The art of textile design radically changed after the Second World War and three women artists working in England in the 1950s were pivotal in this artistic revolution. The drab days of the War were transformed by the fresh, progressive designs of Lucienne Day (1917–2010), Jacqueline Groag (1903–86) and Marian Mahler (1911– 83). Designing Women: Post-war British textiles showcases their work beginning with Lucienne Day’s ‘Calyx’ pattern of 1951, featured at the Festival of Britain, and moving through textile commissions of the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition features more than 100 works.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

V&A Connects - Fashion Blogging event

For anyone interested in new media | blogging | social networking this is a great event to go along to, 
esp. 3rd years as they are preparing the next leap into the un-fashion-known!!!

Note! Must book in adavnce

Powers of Print

"Vision Quest" from US Vogue
Photography: Peter Lindbergh
Styling: Tabitha Simmons
And for any iPad users, free Vogue app. available here
Love a Freebie!!!