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Eliza Wyke / Articles posted by aNtOcX815

Last month's photoshoot was something of a freezing affair.  Originally scheduled for last autumn, it had to be postponed due to several commitments so we rescheduled for the end of April when, as Nida commented back in January, "the blossom will be out and the sun will be shining".  What we hadn't anticipated was the arctic "gentle breeze", as described by BBC Weather! It's been four years since I updated my shots.  I can hardly believe it too.  This time I asked (cajoled / bribed!) some of my customers to model...

If you’ve missed out securing tickets to the Chanel exhibition, why not stomp your feet, scream & shout and channel your inner Diva by demanding tickets to the Diva exhibition at the V&A Museum.  The exhibition charts the rise of the Diva from the early opera stars with their, by modern standards, somewhat tame diva-like behaviour, to the full blown outrageously demanding 21st century Diva. The exhibits - as you would imagine – become more outrageous as we progress through the years, with the upstairs exhibition area showcasing the modern day...

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the V&A’s exhibition detailing the career of Gabrielle Chanel (I felt as though I had a Golden Ticket when I discovered it was a sell-out).  Much has been written about this exhibition and indeed Gabrielle Chanel; her upbringing (abandoned by her father, raised by nuns) her early years as a milliner, her wealthy lovers (of which there were several) and the opportunities they offered, how she liberated women, freeing them from confines of corsetry, her early use of black for the everyday...

Managed to escape the studio for an hour this morning to visit a display of Wedding & Christening gowns at All Saint's Church, Ripley.  All items on display have been loaned by individuals with an association with Ripley Church, many of whom were married within. It is a charming eclectic mix of dresses spanning the decades.  Many of which have a fascinating story behind them. I may be biased (as two of my designs are included in the display) but it is well worth a visit (as is the church and...

One positive (and believe me I'm continuing to focus on the positives right now) from the lockdown is that it has given me the opportunity to reflect and be retrospective.  The months leading up to the lockdown had been frantic, with many last minute orders to fulfill, leaving me leaping from one project to the next with no time to breathe.  Last December during a trip to London, I had the opportunity to visit Zandra Rhodes's Fashion Museum.  The special exhibition was to celebrate 50 years in the business (of...

Way back in March (which seems like a decade or so ago) I had the chance to see the latest exhibition at the V&A.  This exhibition is one of the many short exhibitions staged by the V&A each year and was no doubt opened to coincide with the buzz surrounding the build up to the Olympics this summer...

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Liverpool and see an intriguing exhibition.  In contrast to usual fashion exhibitions which have a theme or highlight a design house, this exhibition contained a snapshot of a collection from one woman's wardrobe; Mrs Emily Tinne.  Indeed the entire collection, comprising more than 700 items, is the "largest collection of one person's clothes in a British Museum" and was donated to the National Museum Liverpool by Emily's youngest daughter.   This exhibition covered 1900 to 1940 - the years in which Emily married (into...

Late last year I had the privilege to bring to life a bride’s extraordinary vision.  She presented me with a rough sketch of her design and several bags of remnant / scraps of materials, beads, braiding and chiffon flowers.  From a large mound of fabrics (my cutting table overflowed!), I created a boned bodice, circular skirt (although for that we did buy extra fabric!), and a splendid train.  The bride, an artist, had amassed this collection of trims and fabrics over a number of years and from various trips abroad,...

Mary Quant:  Grand Dame of modern fashion has been enjoying a long overdue and well deserved exhibition of her work spanning the period 1955 to 1975 at London's V&A Museum.  This exhibition highlights how she revolutionised fashion in the 1960s.  Designing easy to wear, practical clothes, for the modern, and ever increasing numbers of, working women.  Her deigns moved away from the formality of the couture-bound 1950s, where daughters would follow their mother's to her dressmaker (and look like a mini-version of them), into a new sphere of fast fashion. ...

With out of town visitors to entertain last week, we ventured into the Royal Pump Room Museum, and their delightful display of wedding dresses spanning 150 years.  The majority of the dresses have a local connection; either designed and made locally and/or worn by locals.  The small exhibition charts the changes in fashions, style and body shape, and also the economics surrounding weddings. Having seen the V&A's 300 years of bridal fashions a couple or so years ago and it's grand array of (mostly designer) wedding dresses made for the rich,...