Riviera style, Resort and swimwear, FTM

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

                         Destination- Fashion and Textile Museum, London
                                          Exhibition- Riviera style

It didn`t take long for me to come back to FTM, Bermondsey again to a new exhibition called "Riviera Style, Resort and swimwear since 1900" and with a current heatwave in Britain, I thought I must publish this small report as soon as possible to get you all inspired and excited about approaching weekends.(it`s only Tuesday but nevermind).

To lucky ones who live by the sea, this will be the perfect time to show off their own Riviera Style.


 photo IMG_1461_zps0inbetts.jpg
Riviera Style celebrates the rich array of clothing worn in and by the sea, and focuses on how clothing design, fabric and attitudes to exposing the body have changed since the late nineteenth century.
 photo IMG_1466_zps15s1idib.jpg
Visits to the seaside first became popular in the eighteenth  century when wealthy individuals sought to improve their health by submerstion in the sea water. The nineteenth century saw the growth of the seaside town, boosted by the development of rail travel. By the early twentieth century the coastal resort provided leisure and pleasure for people of all classes, whether on a day trip to Blackpool or an extended stay on the French Cote d`Azure, the playground of aristocratic and wealthy.
 photo IMG_1452_zpsweoq7tft.jpg
As the twentieth century progressed the health benefits of sunshine gradually superseded those of sea bathing. Swimming costumes became less restrictive and more practical with the dual purpose of concealing the body for reasons of modesty, while simultaneously exposing some skin, so enabling the newly fashionable suntan.
 photo IMG_1459_zps8ym6izx0.jpg
The ingenuity of swimwear and textile manufactures is central to the story of "Riviera Style".
They progressively developed styles and fabrics that did not cling, bag or stretch and enhanced the wearer`s appearance by moulding and controlling the body. Body-shaping reflected fashionable silhouettes, whether the straight and narrow shapes of the 1920s, or the nipped-in waists and curvaceous contours of the 1950s.
 photo IMG_1453_zpsi9sdeu4h.jpg
The British seaside, the swimming pool, the lido and Mediterranean resort became the locations for individuals to reveal their bodies and to test the boundaries of morality and social convention.

 photo IMG_1460_zps6r0ytyof.jpg  photo IMG_1462_zpsdc3fhgm5.jpg

If you`re around South bank it`s well worth a visit, I would personally recommend this museum, it`s small and friendly, with easy layout and great displays of swim fashion from 1895 to 1990 onwards.

Exhibition opening times
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-6pm.
Thursdays LATE until 8pm.
Sundays, 11 am-5pm.
Closed Mondays.
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
                                    photo read also exhibition_zpsiguohfcj.jpg             

                                  

                                          Fairytale in a bag

Summer wedding dresses styles

Saturday, 27 June 2015

When I start thinking about Summer Weddings my memories are overwhelming.

The whole idea of celebrating long into the evening plunges me right back into a childhood, when parents took me to weddings, that mainly took place in outer gardens in marquees, if weather was on the side of people who got married this could turn into a festive magic fairytale with lots of flowers, evening lights and lanterns, beautiful dresses and wonderful music. This is almost precisely a reason why two words like Summer Weddings are yet associated for me with good old vintage, something from the past, that brings memories alive.

In this post I hope to bring you some inspirations of what to wear to this occasion and these will be two different styles Vintage and Long romantic floaty dresses. As long as retro weddings still prove themselves to be popular and particularly in Summer, I`ve got three styles of dresses influenced by designs from the past eras that might give you an idea of how you want to look on your big day.

Vintage style wedding dresses UK photo 2_zpsgye6tkbg.jpg  photo mm_zpsb6hwxgfu.jpg  photo 3_zpshr8jxcdu.jpg

Next edit highlight is
long floaty gowns
Timeless dresses in luxurious swishing fabrics, probably even with a small train for a more traditional look.

 photo 4_zpslseqbtny.jpg  photo 6_zpssj2ymnfz.jpg  photo 5_zpshgz5k8os.jpg

Feel free to check web-site for other stunning range of wedding dresses

 *this post is done in collaboration with Millybridal however all content, points of views and opinions are my own and sincere

Fairytale in a bag

Morning rainbow, headpiece

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

 photo why cant I_zpsogjt7zdx.jpg
This little headpiece was called "The Morning Rainbow" by my daughter. She drew it
and I had to give it a go and make a little dream a reality.

Proud to be one of the chosen few winners in Easter Bonnet hat designing competition
we wanted to share this experience with the readers in hope that it will inspire everyone
to design and take part in contests in general.

 photo edited2_zpsi1gi7was.jpg
                Headpiece designed for Piers Atkinson hat competition
                          Fashion and Textile Museum, London 
 photo edited3_zpsktbckzui.jpg  photo IMG_1539_zpsjswyyzaz.jpg  photo edited4_zpsaznmpmzm.jpg  photo edited1_zpsapwnc4bf.jpg
                 photo ed_zpsvuv0vayc.jpg
                                       photo read also exhibition_zpsiguohfcj.jpg
                  

Fairytale in a bag

This life around me

Friday, 19 June 2015

                       photo poem_zps1ehqaxh2.jpg
Happy Friday everyone and enjoy the Summer! (whatever it is, it`s still Summer)

 photo IMG_1423_zpstet8uszf.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zpsfqhbssmy.jpg
                                       Royal Botanic Gardens, London

 photo IMG_1412_zpssh3khvsh.jpg  photo 1_zpswj8va4rb.jpg  photo IMG_1469_zpsboctt665.jpg
                              Leathermarket Gardens, Southwark, London
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                                         Fairytale in a bag

Blow me Up by Piers Atkinson

Monday, 15 June 2015

 photo pink_zpsas3xtcbn.jpg
Blow Me Up headband by Piers Atkinson (British milliner, designer, artist, illustrator,
costume designer) was a prize my daughter won in Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

 photo IMG_1403_zpskqhpyzea.jpg  photo IMG_1410_zpssfipxk3i.jpg
Along with "How to draw Vintage Fashion" book and a free year entry to all exhibitions.
That made her so proud and creative that she keeps drawing all the time imagining
she`s a real designer. (That`s a good thing for parents when your children are quiet and
busy doing something productive.)

I`ll share an award winning design with my readers in one of an upcoming posts.
 photo book_zpsvmcziygf.jpg  photo IMG_1470_zpsfrmdsfea.jpg
                                        photo read also exhibition_zpsiguohfcj.jpg             
                          photo 1_zpskocx3mgh.jpg

                                          Fairytale in a bag

Thea Porter, Part 2

Friday, 12 June 2015

           Destination- Fashion and Textile Museum, London, Bermondsey
                       Exhibition- Thea Porter, 70s Bohemian Chic

"Whatever else clothes may be about, I believe they must add to the enjoyment 
of life. A dress is a failure unless it gives a woman added confidence. She must put it 
on, feel great, and then forget that she is wearing it and on with her life."-
                                                                                                                  Thea Porter

Part 2 is dedicated to Thea Porter`s signature designs- kaftans and hippie clothing.

I can truly say, this was one of the best exhibitions visited by me during the last half
of this year. It is closed now and there`s a new display at the moment called "Riviera style"
in FTM, but still I wanted to bring these striking designs out to my readers get them
inspired by these legendary clothes.

 photo IMG_0465_zpsnfrzcyhd.jpg
For nearly two decades, from 1968, Thea Porter created clothes made from sumptuous
fabrics that drew much of their inspiration from an exotic view of the Middle East.
Drawing on her formative years in this region, the luxurious exoticism of her clothes
won her international success and a near cult-like following, as well as a series of
retail boutiques where her fashions were sold to sophisticated, Bohemian jet-set
society. Dressing such music and film stars as Pink Floyd, Crystal Gayle, Elizabeth
Taylor and Barbara Streisand, while featuring in fashion magazines all over the world,
Thea was a key member of an innovative group of British designers that included
Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes and Jean Muir.

This is the first exhibition to consider The`s work in detail, to look at the sources of
her inspiration, and to place that achievement at the heart of British fashion of the
1960s and 1970s.
 photo IMG_0448_zpsdzw0h5vi.jpg

Without having intended to become a fashion designer, Porter began her career in
fashion by making commissioned replicas of the authentic Middle Eastern garments
she also sold. These were an instant success, appearing in newspapers and magazines
as the epitome of hippie fashion. These unexpected flood of commissions prompted
Porter to focus her attention on designs for clothes.

 photo IMG_0451_zpsxous2o8f.jpg

Thea Porter`s first designs were simple kaftans cut from sumptuous antique silks, but
she quickly broadened her range to include intricate styles that deftly infused historical
forms with the new street chic exotocism of the hippie generation.She drew much of
her inspiration from Mariano Fortuny, Paul Poiret and the design of Leon Bakst`s
Ballets Russes.

 photo IMG_0449_zpsjfprnp0m.jpg  photo IMG_0450_zps5rbuqchp.jpg  photo IMG_0469_zpsfakyfo8m.jpg  photo IMG_0457_zpsmi2hlrvz.jpg  photo IMG_0447_zps1kmtc4ay.jpg  photo IMG_0512_zpsj7mwaxan.jpg  photo IMG_0458_zpsqbyllpqj.jpg
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                                                   Fairytale in a bag

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Riviera style, Resort and swimwear, FTM

                         Destination- Fashion and Textile Museum, London
                                          Exhibition- Riviera style

It didn`t take long for me to come back to FTM, Bermondsey again to a new exhibition called "Riviera Style, Resort and swimwear since 1900" and with a current heatwave in Britain, I thought I must publish this small report as soon as possible to get you all inspired and excited about approaching weekends.(it`s only Tuesday but nevermind).

To lucky ones who live by the sea, this will be the perfect time to show off their own Riviera Style.


 photo IMG_1461_zps0inbetts.jpg
Riviera Style celebrates the rich array of clothing worn in and by the sea, and focuses on how clothing design, fabric and attitudes to exposing the body have changed since the late nineteenth century.
 photo IMG_1466_zps15s1idib.jpg
Visits to the seaside first became popular in the eighteenth  century when wealthy individuals sought to improve their health by submerstion in the sea water. The nineteenth century saw the growth of the seaside town, boosted by the development of rail travel. By the early twentieth century the coastal resort provided leisure and pleasure for people of all classes, whether on a day trip to Blackpool or an extended stay on the French Cote d`Azure, the playground of aristocratic and wealthy.
 photo IMG_1452_zpsweoq7tft.jpg
As the twentieth century progressed the health benefits of sunshine gradually superseded those of sea bathing. Swimming costumes became less restrictive and more practical with the dual purpose of concealing the body for reasons of modesty, while simultaneously exposing some skin, so enabling the newly fashionable suntan.
 photo IMG_1459_zps8ym6izx0.jpg
The ingenuity of swimwear and textile manufactures is central to the story of "Riviera Style".
They progressively developed styles and fabrics that did not cling, bag or stretch and enhanced the wearer`s appearance by moulding and controlling the body. Body-shaping reflected fashionable silhouettes, whether the straight and narrow shapes of the 1920s, or the nipped-in waists and curvaceous contours of the 1950s.
 photo IMG_1453_zpsi9sdeu4h.jpg
The British seaside, the swimming pool, the lido and Mediterranean resort became the locations for individuals to reveal their bodies and to test the boundaries of morality and social convention.

 photo IMG_1460_zps6r0ytyof.jpg  photo IMG_1462_zpsdc3fhgm5.jpg

If you`re around South bank it`s well worth a visit, I would personally recommend this museum, it`s small and friendly, with easy layout and great displays of swim fashion from 1895 to 1990 onwards.

Exhibition opening times
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-6pm.
Thursdays LATE until 8pm.
Sundays, 11 am-5pm.
Closed Mondays.
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
                                    photo read also exhibition_zpsiguohfcj.jpg             

                                  

                                          Fairytale in a bag

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Summer wedding dresses styles

When I start thinking about Summer Weddings my memories are overwhelming.

The whole idea of celebrating long into the evening plunges me right back into a childhood, when parents took me to weddings, that mainly took place in outer gardens in marquees, if weather was on the side of people who got married this could turn into a festive magic fairytale with lots of flowers, evening lights and lanterns, beautiful dresses and wonderful music. This is almost precisely a reason why two words like Summer Weddings are yet associated for me with good old vintage, something from the past, that brings memories alive.

In this post I hope to bring you some inspirations of what to wear to this occasion and these will be two different styles Vintage and Long romantic floaty dresses. As long as retro weddings still prove themselves to be popular and particularly in Summer, I`ve got three styles of dresses influenced by designs from the past eras that might give you an idea of how you want to look on your big day.

Vintage style wedding dresses UK photo 2_zpsgye6tkbg.jpg  photo mm_zpsb6hwxgfu.jpg  photo 3_zpshr8jxcdu.jpg

Next edit highlight is
long floaty gowns
Timeless dresses in luxurious swishing fabrics, probably even with a small train for a more traditional look.

 photo 4_zpslseqbtny.jpg  photo 6_zpssj2ymnfz.jpg  photo 5_zpshgz5k8os.jpg

Feel free to check web-site for other stunning range of wedding dresses

 *this post is done in collaboration with Millybridal however all content, points of views and opinions are my own and sincere

Fairytale in a bag

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Morning rainbow, headpiece

 photo why cant I_zpsogjt7zdx.jpg
This little headpiece was called "The Morning Rainbow" by my daughter. She drew it
and I had to give it a go and make a little dream a reality.

Proud to be one of the chosen few winners in Easter Bonnet hat designing competition
we wanted to share this experience with the readers in hope that it will inspire everyone
to design and take part in contests in general.

 photo edited2_zpsi1gi7was.jpg
                Headpiece designed for Piers Atkinson hat competition
                          Fashion and Textile Museum, London 
 photo edited3_zpsktbckzui.jpg  photo IMG_1539_zpsjswyyzaz.jpg  photo edited4_zpsaznmpmzm.jpg  photo edited1_zpsapwnc4bf.jpg
                 photo ed_zpsvuv0vayc.jpg
                                       photo read also exhibition_zpsiguohfcj.jpg
                  

Fairytale in a bag

Friday, 19 June 2015

This life around me

                       photo poem_zps1ehqaxh2.jpg
Happy Friday everyone and enjoy the Summer! (whatever it is, it`s still Summer)

 photo IMG_1423_zpstet8uszf.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zpsfqhbssmy.jpg
                                       Royal Botanic Gardens, London

 photo IMG_1412_zpssh3khvsh.jpg  photo 1_zpswj8va4rb.jpg  photo IMG_1469_zpsboctt665.jpg
                              Leathermarket Gardens, Southwark, London
                                               photo read also_zpsh18awnpz.jpg                                        
                               

                                         Fairytale in a bag

Monday, 15 June 2015

Blow me Up by Piers Atkinson

 photo pink_zpsas3xtcbn.jpg
Blow Me Up headband by Piers Atkinson (British milliner, designer, artist, illustrator,
costume designer) was a prize my daughter won in Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

 photo IMG_1403_zpskqhpyzea.jpg  photo IMG_1410_zpssfipxk3i.jpg
Along with "How to draw Vintage Fashion" book and a free year entry to all exhibitions.
That made her so proud and creative that she keeps drawing all the time imagining
she`s a real designer. (That`s a good thing for parents when your children are quiet and
busy doing something productive.)

I`ll share an award winning design with my readers in one of an upcoming posts.
 photo book_zpsvmcziygf.jpg  photo IMG_1470_zpsfrmdsfea.jpg
                                        photo read also exhibition_zpsiguohfcj.jpg             
                          photo 1_zpskocx3mgh.jpg

                                          Fairytale in a bag

Friday, 12 June 2015

Thea Porter, Part 2

           Destination- Fashion and Textile Museum, London, Bermondsey
                       Exhibition- Thea Porter, 70s Bohemian Chic

"Whatever else clothes may be about, I believe they must add to the enjoyment 
of life. A dress is a failure unless it gives a woman added confidence. She must put it 
on, feel great, and then forget that she is wearing it and on with her life."-
                                                                                                                  Thea Porter

Part 2 is dedicated to Thea Porter`s signature designs- kaftans and hippie clothing.

I can truly say, this was one of the best exhibitions visited by me during the last half
of this year. It is closed now and there`s a new display at the moment called "Riviera style"
in FTM, but still I wanted to bring these striking designs out to my readers get them
inspired by these legendary clothes.

 photo IMG_0465_zpsnfrzcyhd.jpg
For nearly two decades, from 1968, Thea Porter created clothes made from sumptuous
fabrics that drew much of their inspiration from an exotic view of the Middle East.
Drawing on her formative years in this region, the luxurious exoticism of her clothes
won her international success and a near cult-like following, as well as a series of
retail boutiques where her fashions were sold to sophisticated, Bohemian jet-set
society. Dressing such music and film stars as Pink Floyd, Crystal Gayle, Elizabeth
Taylor and Barbara Streisand, while featuring in fashion magazines all over the world,
Thea was a key member of an innovative group of British designers that included
Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes and Jean Muir.

This is the first exhibition to consider The`s work in detail, to look at the sources of
her inspiration, and to place that achievement at the heart of British fashion of the
1960s and 1970s.
 photo IMG_0448_zpsdzw0h5vi.jpg

Without having intended to become a fashion designer, Porter began her career in
fashion by making commissioned replicas of the authentic Middle Eastern garments
she also sold. These were an instant success, appearing in newspapers and magazines
as the epitome of hippie fashion. These unexpected flood of commissions prompted
Porter to focus her attention on designs for clothes.

 photo IMG_0451_zpsxous2o8f.jpg

Thea Porter`s first designs were simple kaftans cut from sumptuous antique silks, but
she quickly broadened her range to include intricate styles that deftly infused historical
forms with the new street chic exotocism of the hippie generation.She drew much of
her inspiration from Mariano Fortuny, Paul Poiret and the design of Leon Bakst`s
Ballets Russes.

 photo IMG_0449_zpsjfprnp0m.jpg  photo IMG_0450_zps5rbuqchp.jpg  photo IMG_0469_zpsfakyfo8m.jpg  photo IMG_0457_zpsmi2hlrvz.jpg  photo IMG_0447_zps1kmtc4ay.jpg  photo IMG_0512_zpsj7mwaxan.jpg  photo IMG_0458_zpsqbyllpqj.jpg
                                                photo read also exhibition_zpsiguohfcj.jpg

                                  


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