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

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Let’s be thankful to him


McQueen with his last womenswear collection had us focused so intently on the future that it was so shocking to hear of his tragic death at the age of 40. With his elaborate sets, creative choreography, and ability to shock and awe, he knew how to put on a show. And make the crowds give him a speechless standing ovation every time he showcased.

Seeing all those photographs of his works that I had saved in folders for inspiration seemed works of art. We all should be eternally indebted to Alexander McQueen for immersing us in experiences that have burned themselves on our memories for life. From his earliest days in London he made the near-impossible happen before our very eyes. His shows were theatrical performances, masterpieces presented as per his musings, and the sights that unfolded would knock the breath out of you, sent adrenaline streaming through your veins and chills shooting up your spine.

Not only a loss to the world of fashion but to creativity in all it’s rich incarnations, Lee McQueen was so much more than just a Fashion Designer, he was a Master Weaver of daring Dark Dreams, the spinner of Fairy Tales. Doing away with boundaries & beyond, inspiring all who came into contact with him & his work no matter how brief or fleeting, to allow themselves to reach greater plateaus of innovation & dare to make their impossible dreams a reality.

The gaping hole left behind seems just too great to fill.

For those of us left behind, we should consider ourselves inordinately privileged to have borne witness to such a beautiful raging, promiscuous talent & beyond lucky in the fact that Inspiration doesn’t have a Sell-By date.

For that I am eternally grateful.

Long Live McQueen!!

Trend Watch


While researching trends for the what to wear guide i researched the trends for the SS 2010. While this season has been high on shine with many designers using sequins and metallic’s in their collection, a trend which is a trickle of last season, it also had it’s grunge with distressed collection by balmain which is to die for.

But the biggest trend which has hit and is here to stay are the prints, YES !! they are back with full bloom, and this time they are really powerful, with prints ranging from small florals to digital. While Dior, Zac Posen and armani are some of the designers which had floral in their collections, the digital could be seen at McQueen, Versace and many others, here’s a look:-

Other trend to watch out for are BRIGHTS,, not only are they fresh, they are by Dior, Versace and many more. Promising not a single dull day,, the brights are here to stay !

then we had designers who had indian influences and brought the tie n dye and ikat to its full modern usage.

some other wardrobe staples of the season would be the the sheer fabrics and the pastels being spring summer. something else that was often seen were the drapes, iconic in that being the Burbery collection which had light pastel skirts and dresses in twisted drapes coiled along the body.

other trends that were there is the inner wear also termed by Elle mag as the Boudouir, all lace net and silk negligee as the trend for the summers, will be posting style boards for that soon .

till then ,, enjoy these :)

P.S :  So much to blog, so little time.