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May 11 2014

Exhibition: V&A – Wedding Dresses 1775-2014


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.

Spanning across two floors, much like last year’s Ballgowns exhibit, I much prefer this space in the V&A than the one currently occupied by the Glamour of Italian Fashion, there is more space and the dresses really do make more of an impact. However, unlike the recent John Paul Gaultier display at the Barbican there isn’t anything special about this exhibition, well except the exquisitely crafted wedding gowns of course.

As much as I loved the history of the opening section exhibition, covering gowns from the last two centuries tracing the development of the white wedding dress, I wasn’t wowed by anything. I felt a lot of it had been covered before, the shapes and silhouettes of the dresses look like pieces out of the V&A archive, they just aren’t in white, and I wasn’t a fan of the inclusion of the Royal video, it would have been fine if the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress had been on display, it just felt a little bit of a tourist push to make the exhibition more popular with foreign visitors.

My favourite moment from the opening section was seeing socialite Margaret Whigham’s magnificent Norman Hartnell gown from when she married in 1933. Not only is this gown beautiful, a simple sheath dress with dramatic medieval-style hanging sleeves, but I loved how the 3.6 metre train was more sophisticated than dramatic – really suited the Thirties.


What I did love though was the mezzanine level featuring wedding garments from the last 50 years with an emphasis on the glamour and spectacle of weddings today, which of course includes celebrity weddings. Maybe it is because these dresses are more familiar, maybe it because they are lot more grande, or maybe it is just because they were laid out nicer, but seeing these gorgeous couture gowns up close was amazing.

The first dress you see when you come up the stairs is the divine purple Vivienne Westwood ballgown-style wedding dress that was custom-made for Burlesque star Dita Von Teese in 2005. Not only am I a huge fan of Dita’s but this gown is so special, not only is the colour exquisite, it really does shimmer, but I loved the drama and the styling with the Stephen Jones hat – it really is a wow factor dress.

The celebrity moments really did make this exhibition for me, seeing Gwen Stefani’s John Galliano for Dior spray-painted pink wedding dresses was more stunning than I it looked in pictures. The colour really worked with the dress’s asymmetric construction and the pairing of such a romantic veil – this is how you marry a traditional gown with a modern twist and I love it. Also I think Gwen had the best choice in shoes!!!


Another highlight was Ian Stuart’s Flower Bomb dress from 2011, I think this was because of its Southern Belle quality in the volume and drama of the skirt, my only wish was that it wasn’t trapped in a glass cabinet. Isn’t it beautiful, and I love the addition of the hat, for a bride who wants something a little different.

If you are a little wedding obsessed like me you will love this exhibition in parts, the modern dresses from the likes of Jenny Packham and Temperley London will have you gushing, but I think you might be a little disappointed not to see more couture.


V&A’s Wedding Dress 1775-2014 exhibition is open until March 15, 2015 and costs £12. 

Apr 30 2012

Showgirl Glamour: The Brilliance Of Louboutin

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]

Feb 27 2012

Elton John Oscar Party: Dita Von Teese In Jenny Packham

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]

Nov 24 2011

Coming To London: Dita Von Teese Opens Speakeasy

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.

Apr 02 2011

LA Loving: Vivienne Westwood Hosts Glamorous Store Opening

I don’t know why but I already thought that Vivienne Westwood had stores in America, apparently not, so this week the Dame herself opened her first LA flagship store and showroom with a glamorous, starstudded evening. Which of course means gorgeous celebrities draped in the amazing wares of Vivienne Westwood.

Above with Vivienne Westwood is the face of her Palladium jewellery line Christina Hendricks; wearing a Vivienne Westwood couture pleated corset in black silk cotton, teamed with skinny trouser and fierce red lippy. But this pic is all about Viv herself, this knockout white floor-skimming gown with intricate cut-out detailing is exquisite.

Easily my best dressed of the night had to be the ever-glamorous Dita Von Teese, after see her this week in CSI as a murderer, it was nice to see her strutting her stuff on the red carpet. I love this black taffeta gown that she is wearing from the spring/summer 2011 Vivienne Westwood Gold label collection, it looks amazing teamed with a striking black fascinator and fish net gloves, oh and course her signature red lippy.

Who: Zoe Saldana

Wearing: A silver draped Vivienne Westwood Gold Label dress, paired with Vivienne Westwood red floral heels

Verdict: Wow, this dress really does show off her model proportions to the max, I love the contrast of the silver dress with the red floral heels. This look from head-to-toe is sexy!!!

Who: Actress Anna Kendrick

Wearing: A gold print dress from the Vivienne Westwood Gold Label autumn/winter 2011 collection, teamed with black round toe Miu Miu heels

Verdict: The thing I love about Vivienne Westwood’s designs has to be the exquiste sihouettes, and this dress looks amazing on Anna. I am completely drawn to the draping detailing on the neckline and the gorgeous autumn print

Who: Malin Akerman

Wearing: A black printed dress from the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania pre-fall 2011 collection, teamed with silver peep-toe heels and an oversized black clutch

Verdict: This dress is sexy and so perfect for Malin. I really do like her presence on the red carpet, she has an attitude that I think a lot of actress are lacking, as always gorgeous and stunning.

Who: Kristin Davis

Wearing: A blue taffeta corset dress from the Vivienne Westwood Gold Label autumn/winter 2011 collection, paired with black patent peep-toe platforms and a black clutch

Verdict: Nice to see someone going for a spot of colour. I love this corseted dress on Kristin, it nips in at her waist and adds drama with the draping, great choice.

Who: Heidi Klum

Wearing: A black sequinned dress from the Vivienne Westwood Gold Label autumn/winter 2011 collection

Verdict: I love that it sparkles, it looks amazing on her, but it just doesn’t wow me like I think it should.

Sadly, to have a best dressed there has to be a worst dressed of the night, and that for me has to be Mischa Barton in this silver dress from the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania pre-fall 2011 collection. Out of all the celebs and dresses that were on offer, this was by far the worst, I just feel that everything from the colour to the draping, to her hair and the ribbon belt, nothing I am afraid works for me.

[Pics: via Vivienne Westwood]

Jan 10 2011

Video Loving: The Elusive Mr Pearl

This is part one of a portrait of the elusive and legendary corset-maker Mr Pearl by Diane Pernet. I have to admit I am not sure how old it is, or even where the second part is *I’ve looked but YouTube really does confuse me*. But it features Dita Von Teese and at her recommendation via Twitter I just had to watch and then of course share it to you lovely folks!!

Dita always looks stunning in Mr Pearl, she wore one of his creations to Paris Vogue’s 90th Anniversary Party back in October and looked gorgeous.

Enjoy the short documentary.

Dec 28 2010

Twitpic Loving: Dita Von Teese Tweets Beauty Book Preview

Pic: via @DitaVonTeese - shot by Scott Nathan

I gush a lot about Dita Von Teese, and if you are not already a fan *why the hell not!*, I can imagine that this image from her up-coming DIY beauty book will make you change your mind. Not only is Dita a goddess when it comes to her style, she actually puts every woman to shame as Dita tweeted that she did her own make-up and hair for this shot – simply stunning!!

“Preview from my upcoming DIY beauty book…glasses by @MSchmidtStudios, photo by @scottnathan, makeup+hair by me! The book will be out mid-2011, at last,” tweeted Dita.

I am not normally one for beauty, when it comes to my own make-up I am dreadful, but this image shot by Scott Nathan showcases Dita’s gorgeous hair and signature red lippy and nails makes me want to pre-order a copy now!! Come on does anyone take a better picture.

If these glasses by Michael Schmidt are anything to go by I think style will also definitely feature!!

Roll on 2011!!

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