With the excitement of planning a wedding I was really looking forward to seeing the V&A’s latest fashion exhibition, Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, because who doesn’t love to look at wedding gowns, especially when they include dresses worn by Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss and Dita Von Teese.
This morning was an amazing end to quite a deary April as the sun came out for the press preview for the Christian Louboutin Retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum, as part of the shoe designer’s 20th anniversary. If like me, you love shoes then you will adore this magical and playful exhibit centring around Louboutin’s life, his inspirations, his most amazing creations, and most of all his passion for showgirls, women and glamour.
The exhibit has a bit of everything so many exquisite shoes I didn’t dare count, a giant 17m long Louboutin signature red sole with seating to watch Dita Von Teese do her burlesque thing, OTT displays on a carousel, helter-skelter and even a section just for the Fetish collection with photographs taken by David Lynch.
My favourite section had to be The Atelier, a recreation of his Parisian atelier, which acts like a behind-the-scenes look into Louboutin’s design process, including a trapeze in the corner that he practices on when he has time. This section was an overload of excitement for me, not only were there amazing shoes like throughout the rest of the exhibit, sketches showing the shoe design process, and other Louboutin projects, but it is in this section of the exhibition that Barbie shines.
I have been tweeting that I hoped Barbie appeared in the exhibition and she sure does, cat burglar Barbie takes centre stage wrapped in the Louboutin red ribbon, but the others from the collection also appear.
I love the way the exhibition has been set out into themes from Louboutin’s love of transparency to his need for travel, and the exquisite designs in the handcrafted section, this exhibit could have easily been based around his collections and just been about shoes but the Design Museum have given an amazing insight into Louboutin’s world that I am so grateful for.
I also loved the way it was displayed as a cabaret, with lots of mirrored panels, bare bulbs, neon-lit ‘Entrée’ sign, and the trapeze rings, apparently all done on the Louboutin’s assertion that “every woman wants to be a showgirl”, and if you don’t leave wanting to be a feather ruffling show girl you didn’t get the beauty of this exhibition!!!
The exhibition is only on for 10-weeks, until July 9, and I am sure that it is going to be a sell out so if you love shoes, dream of buying a pair of red soles, or just love beautiful things then get yourself down to the Design Museum, London, trust me you won’t regret it – I absolutely loved it.**Also I took more than 250 images, and it took hours to edit, so want to see more head on over to my Facebook**
[Pics: all taken by Fashionista Barbie]
Who: Dita Von Teese
Where: At the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party held at the City of West Hollywood Park
Wearing: A pale pink chiffon beaded cap sleeve Jenny Packham gown with keyhole detailing on the bodice, cut-out panels to the shoulders and pleated draped detailing to the front, teamed with Swarovski clutch, Bulgari diamond jewellery and Christian Louboutin heels
Verdict: I make no secret that I have a style crush on the burlesque beauty, but is is surprising when she wears gorgeous gowns like this? I was surprised not to see Jenny Packham on the main Oscar red carpet, especially after Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet have both worn her designs recently. This is a very elegant look, perfect for the occasion and I love the sparkly cap sleeves. Also does anyone else do red lippy quite as well as Dita? Gorgeous!!!
[Pic: via Facebook]
The iconic and completely gorgeous Dita Von Teese is coming to London next week with her pop-up speakeasy bar in London’s Pigalle Club with Cointreau. The burlesque dancer’s Cointreau Prive will be open for just three weeks, featuring a bar, restaurant and a club, and will be modelled after Dita’s own LA home decorated with some of her own personal possessions, including costumes covered in Swarovski crystals. What a wonderful pre-Christmas treat – the 20s backdrop for the venue it is bound to be spectacular.
Fancy going for a cocktail or two? Well, all you have to do is register at Cointreau’s website here as it is guest list only.