Princesses At The V&A

Exciting so so can’t wait – the limited edition Disney dolls are coming out in October !!!!  I don’t care if i’ve got an early at work that day, i’m staying up online to buy this Eric and Ariel dolls the moment it turns midnight on the 15th.

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I collect the Disney princess dolls because of their costume.  Think about it, the princesses and princes are dressed to represent the culture and fashion era they are attributed to, and to nail the era, how character are dressed is key to showing the styles of men and women of the place and time period.

To see and understand further the fashion evolution for all eras, many people go to the renowned pride of Britain masterpiece – The Victoria and Albert Museum (the V and A to us on trend folk and citizens).  A centrepiece of art and design trophies, including real princesses dresses including examples from Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ by Catherine Walker, to HRH Princess Margret’s blue cocktail dress by one of her favorite Parisian designers Jean Desses.

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I purchased two magnificent decadent V&A books this week -‘The V&A Gallery of Fashion’ and ‘V&A Ball Gowns’.  Each are full of beautiful and exquisite pieces of clothing from distinguished places and designers.  I knew I wanted these books from the moment I saw the trademark symbol of the The Victoria and Albert Museum, defining the quality and craftsmanship of the information and products featured. I opened the V&A Ball Gowns book and fell in love with the Erdem dress 2008 and Stella McCartney dress 2011.  

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Erdem dress 2008 

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Stella McCartney dress 2011

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Bellville Sassoon 1964

Vibrant colour, sophistication with a touch of chic and delicate pastel with avante garde beading, just three dresses that represent the different ballgown looks, with patterns and cuts of the fabric and haberdashery touches that the ballgowns book discusses. 

Please either request this book form your nearest Waterstones or borrow it from your local library, where you can photocopy all the images and words and decorate your wall (within copyright laws of course!).  This book is the encyclopedia of fashion full of historical and contemporary garments with engaging information making you want to go to the actual Victoria and Albert Museum instantly.  Of course, I have many many favourite sections in this book.  One is the tennis dress by Hepburne Scott (1926) that I think easily can be a summer evening stroll dress as well as it being a competitive uniform from it’s day.

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Hepburne Scott 1926 

Each chapter has a brief introduction of culture and society of the period the following garments and accessories are from.  Many of the V&A pieces are over 100 years old (personally, i’d hate to see that dry cleaning bill for care of each piece!).  This image below is a true fairytale piece.  If I won the lottery, i’d pay to have a photo shoot in it, though no one should buy this dress, the V&A is it’s permanent fairytale castle. 

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Mantua gown 1753 – 55, silk brocaded with gilded silver thread. 

My best parts have to be the modern and contemporary fashion now chapters, where designers are scientists, experimenting with their fabric, pattern, cut formulas, color and design.  A new spectrum of creative formulas are evolving.  The renowned Gareth Pugh created a piece combining two elements – leather and metal – now historically, yes, you may think done before, leather shoes metal buckle.  No, a material combination of two elements formulating a new fabric for the world. 

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Silvered leather dress 2011.

In the same year, Prada went scientific, taking the highly popular material plastic and thought – forget packaging, we’re going to use it for a component to form a shoe!  Below shows their vibrant magical result, I adore the heel, the best part. 

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The front cover image is this beautiful evening coat.

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Elsa Schiaparelli 1937.

From the front, tailored Savile Row approved, but from the back, artisan magic arrives.  Elsa was a creative magician, and all her pieces were exquisite in cut and design.  Simply makes you pick up this encyclopedia of fashion perfectly.  

Lucy xxx

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Eau De Telford

I stepped foot into Telford’s Primark on a Saturday at half eleven.  I survived, and I lived to get the dress.

I got the dress George showed me last week in Birmingham, and the only one left was my size.  Could it be a sign?  Good timing?  Someone had mixed it up with the tops in the mens department where I spotted it.  Either way I got a new very pretty dress to twirl around Shrewsbury in and do cross stitch.

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Observing my new dress I instantly knew I needed some matching shoes.  I’ve never been keen on Primarni shoes, so went to a trustworthy fave of mine – Dorothy Perkins, where I spotted THE SHOES in the window and nearly knocked over a faux model or two to reach them.  I had to have them because they tap into the everlasting print trend which I adore and have a cut out on one side – a homage to modern tailored.

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New shoes – tick.  New dress – tick.

Conundrum.

My perfume is still full and i’m still in awe of my River Island bag I got the other month.  In other words – no bags took my liking.  So I headed to Waterstones and while mooching at books in the classic section, and spying some Linda la Plante I spotted the word – perfume.

Part of me thought wow make your own perfume – grown up George’s Marvellous Medicine, but perfume perhaps, you never know!  It wasn’t sadly, but it is an intriguing account from a Parisian fragrance writer.  I’m hooked already even though im putting down for Eurovision – Come on Bonnie Tyler!!!!!!

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Now to label my new threads before Eurovision…

Lucy xxx

Ebook V Paperback

I recently read an article at http://www.stylist.co.uk that stated for every 100 paperbacks sold, 115 ebooks are sold on Amazon.  I love paperback / hardback books.  I admit over past few months, i’ve read few books due to Uni life.  I am sadly ashamed by this, but now I aim to achieve more reading hours, particuarly my Camilla Morton fashion fairytale books (so excited for the next one in the series to come out, apparently it’s Cinderella). 

My genres of reading have always included fantasy and real life, I have every Jacqueline Wilson book! I remember rushing to WHSmiths in Stockport to get the latest novel, and a particular occasion comes to mind whilst I write this.  It is when, in the Manchester Evening News there was an advert saying Jaqueline Wilson was going to vist WHSmiths in Manchester, to sign her new book at the time, Dustbin Baby.  I was so so excited, and really wanted to go.  My dad took me, and whilst in the queue, my dad kept saying ‘What you going to ask her?’ and I was like what???  I’d completely not thought of that, I just intended to smile, say i’m a big fan, tell her my name get her to sign my book and then go and join the other little fans on the chairs to start reading the book.  So my dad kept saying ‘You have to ask her something, you’re a fan!’.  It was like I was in panic mode, what do I ask her?  As I think this, I realise i’m getting closer and closer to her then BOOM! i’m in front of her.

Jacqueline Wilson : Hello, what’s your name?
Me : Lucy
JW: Is there anyting you want to ask me?
Me : What’s your favourite piece of jewellery?

She was sat at a table, and every finger on her hands had a ring on, and were mix of gemstones and silver while talking to me.

JW : *giggles* Well, as you can see, (holds her hands up) I really like rings in silver and gems. Do you like rings?
Me : *nods and smiles* Thankyou
And I go with dad back to the car, feeling like out of all the questions I could have asked, I asked that.  I felt like a dipstick.

Dad didnt help saying ‘Yeah, was bit of lame question wasn’t it?’ in an Ian Hislop jokey way.  I was 12 at the time, and that night I read the whole book, after my mum, who wanted to see whether it was appropiate for me, becauee this book was reviewed as for the ‘older teenager’.

It’s still one of my favourite books, and I aim to keep all my Jacqueline Wilson books, and other books.  As i’ve got older, my Adele Geras, Helen Dunmore and Jennifer Donnely  (I am still being patient for the release the 3rd book in her Tea Rose trilogy, after it’s release date got put back, as my local Waterstones emailed to inform me).

Books are important.  Engaging the reader to delicate or frank emotions for the human mind to analyse.  I understand, respect even, ebooks.  We are in a advent techno world with the caption ‘fast, now, want fast, now, want,’ for everything, and now in the past few years after contact and interaction via text, emails, and tweets, and media with music and entertainment technology represented by YouTube, IPods, Blackberry and Twitter, we have now, ebooks.

Ebooks need charging. Paper books don’t. Yeah, ebooks have 2/8/16/32gb storage, but having a bookcase showcasing genres of worlds and ideas in words is more appealing than a little file. Ebooks have to be charged, like a mobile or IPad. Paper books, well, you just put it back on the shelf and some are made from recycled paper, eco friendly, where as an ebook is a mini personal computer book shelf, and we know that sitting in front of a computer is bad for our eyes. Plus, imagine a gigantic world wide powercut . . . electricity vanished, all technology RIP for moment, and in the corner of everybody’s room is a dusty woodworm riddled book shelf, that is filled with paper books, wanting to engage you in a subject, or simply escort you to another world, where creation has been accomplished differently. 

I am writing this in a favourite place of mine, the libary 😀 I encourage you to, sometime in your busy techno schedule, get a book, read, turn everything off, or go to your library or nearest WHSmiths or Waterstones. Pick your favourite genre, and learn about another fictitious or real person’s life. Or, even better, look at the shelves and see which one attracts you the most.

#paperbooksarebest

I’d love to see this hashtag trend. In my purse I have two important cards. My debit card, and my Waterstones card.

Off to take out Hester’s Story now and a Linda La Plante I fancy reading. 

Lucy xxx   

A Proper Letter! In The Post!

I received a letter today.  One that I thought would not come for a very long time.  It was addressed from…………..

The V&A Museum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

It informed me that they were very interested, and the best part was that they didn’t send the letter or photos back 😀  They have passed it on to another department, so i’m in a file somewhere, in a post room, at the V&A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The letter had the postal address and email of the Head of Contemporary Textiles and Fashion, so i’ll be working on a thank-you email tonight to send tomorrow.

I also found out today that the next fashion fairytale Camilla Morton is doing is The Empress’ New Clothes in her fashion fairytale collection, and that it will be Diane von Furstenberg’s career she is combining it with.

I’m so glad i found my Waterstones’ card!

Lucy Xxx