Small Island, Big Talent



March 31 marked the launch of the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum’s hotly anticipated “British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age” exhibit, a showcase of design triumphs spanning the worlds of art, architecture, interiors, and, yes, fashion.
Celebrating the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ to the summer of 2012. Over 300 British design objects highlight significant moments in the history of British design and how the country continues to nurture artistic talent and be a world leader in creativity and design.

From spring 2012 the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers. Displayed over two floors, ‘Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950’ will feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights. The exhibition will cover over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

Alexander McQueen,AW 2009
Horn of Plenty collection.


A dress made of LED lights from the autumn/winter 2007 Hussein Chalayan collection.


Silk Organza orchid hat by Philip Treacy

A selection of royal ballgowns will be on display, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will also include dresses worn by actresses and celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger and Sandra Bullock, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially for the exhibition by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.
From Mary Quant’s iconic minidresses and ankle boots offering a glimpse of ’60s-era Swinging London, while a tattered “Anarchy in the U.K.” T-shirt designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and worn by Sex Pistols rocker Johnny Rotten is a souvenir from the punk period of the late ’70s.

Running until August 12, the exhibit also includes more modern pieces like Hussein Chalayan’s LED dress for Swarovski from 2007, as well as textiles from the likes of Laura Ashley and Zandra Rhodes.


Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown designed by Norman Hartnell


Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker


Highstreet shoppers in Mary Quant’s exhibitionist mini skirt


Anarchy in the UK T-shirt, by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren, 1977-8, worn and altered by Johnny Rotten.


Coat designed by Alexander McQueen, Courtesy of David Bowie


 

“WAITING IN THE WINGS” VMAN Magazine issue #16

SHowcasing a new generation of British talent.  Hail the new thespians!

Photographer: Hedi Slimane
Styling: Nicola Formichetti
Text: Lauren Cochrane

· CHRISTIAN COOKE (Trinity, Cemetery Junction)
· JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER (Sweeney Todd, Twilight: New Moon, Harry Potter)
· ALEX PETTYFER (Stormbreaker, Beastly)
· LUKE TREADAWAY (Brothers of the Head, Clash of the Titans)
· DOUGLAS BOOTH (The Pillars of the Earth, star of Burberry campaign)
· THOMAS SANGSTER (Love Actually, Bright Star, Nowhere Boy)
· TOM HUGHES (Trinity, Cemetery Junction)

 

 

I SEE STYLE


Here’s something that i thought i should share over here. I want you to take a look at: I see style (FTV’s blog by “A fashion-forward Parisian, Emmanuel who moved to India 8 years ago”)

specifically this one ;)

http://www.ftv.co.in/iseestyle/index.php?postid=168#

the photo’s are taken by shashi and were purely for facebook purposes, until i decided to submit them :P

P.S : Believe me, am not a narcissist.

 

Bonnie Wright + Jamie Campbell Bower


though it was announced a long time back by snitchseeker.com..

But it still surprised me, partly coz i had never expected it to be from the september issue, i guess.. Well  Harry Potter actors Bonnie Wright and Jamie Campbell Bower were featured in the September style issue of Vanity Fair. The feature has been released, where Bonnie, along with fellow young British actors Imogen Boots, Hannah Murray, and Jessica Brown-Findlay, posed in Marc Jacobs fall fashion line for Louis Vuitton in London; Jamie wore a tuxedo Anderson & Sheppard for Saville Row.

I hope u guys know that Bonnie Wright a.k.a Ginny Weasley  and Jamie Campbell Bower (caius from new moon) are dating,, yes, it’s love that brought peace between the twilight and harry potter series. Also it’s rumored that these guys are engaged to be married. Jamie is playing the part of the young Gellert Grindelwald in Deathly Hallows. The guy has also acted in movies like Rock’n’Rolla, Sweeny todd, and new moon . Now that’s a wedding i would gatecrash, imagine the guestlist (jhonny depp, and if lucky gary oldman too ) :D

Telephone-Booth Stuffing (via Fans in a Flashbulb)


An amusing cultural Fad :P

Telephone-Booth Stuffing Joe Munroe, [Twenty-two students cramming into a telephone booth to try and establish a stacking record, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California], 1959 “In a Rapidly Growing Fad, Varied Cramming Methods,” Life, March 30, 1959, p. 18 College students who wedged their ways into telephone booths across the land were taking up the challenge from campuses far away. When a school in South Africa boasted of a world’s record of 25 in a booth, students at … Read More

via Fans in a Flashbulb

Eniko (3G editorial)


Almost everyone has already heard nick knight’s views on future of photography, and seen showstudio’s new endeavours to beliveve it too. Another such project again by show studio with stylist Keegan Singh, and photographer and filmmaker Barnaby Roper’s  fashion editorial with a difference – rather than flicking a page, you click a button to select from two-dozen clips of Eniko and ten exclusive soundtracks to hand-craft your very own fashion film edit(orial).