Fashion History & Exhibitions

Eliza Wyke / Fashion History & Exhibitions

Made an impromptu visit to Blenheim Palace yesterday to see the Icons of British Fashion exhibition.  The exhibition laid out in the majestic setting of the State Rooms of the Palace features a diverse range of iconic designers.  Whilst my heart will always belong to the creativity of Vivienne Westwood, I fell in love with everything in the Bruce Oldfield room!  Disappointingly the exhibition closes on Sunday. [caption id="attachment_5075" align="alignnone" width="768"] Turnbull & Asser nightwear on display in the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5056" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Terry de...

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...

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,...

Last week during a trip to Milan, I had the good fortune to find time to visit the Armani / Silos permanent exhibition.  The exhibition opened in 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of Mr Armani’s designs.  Two floors of permanent exhibiting space house the designer’s creations over the 40-year period, curated into three themes:  Androgynous, Ethnicities and Stars.  The first floor explores the themes of Androgyny.  In which he identifies the jacket as an everyday must-have item, which indeed it is, and this space pairs menswear and womenswear together. ...