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Something a little bit different today…

I am not sure who this is a picture of, I just happened to come across it. It’s quite inspiring for both the pose the woman is positioned in, and for the dress she is wearing.

I am not normally a fan of all this PVC and dominatrix style design, but this is different; it is subtle and feminine. I love how if you crop the image and look at her face she looks like a 1950s housewife, then you see the image from her neck down and it tells an entirely different story. This is an interesting approach to take in design, to mix two opposing and contrasting themes together to create something that challenges the viewer, as well as the wearer.

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Today’s image…

This image is fabulous and so strong. The structured lines of the skirt are offset by the drapery of the coat.

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Here is today’s image. It is such a strong pose, and she is really establishing her authority. I love the dainty little hat and the cheeky leopard print…

Dior’s New Look, portrayed in this image, was revolutionary and caused a lot of controversy.

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Horrockses fashion, for those of you who are thinking ‘who?!’ were pioneers of off the peg fashion in the 1940s and 1950s. Fot those of you who love popping into shops on the high street, you owe them a lot.

They were the manufacturer of one of the most well respected ready-to-wear labels of their time. Among their staple items were the typical 1950s full skirted dresses, which were at the height of fashion. They managed to balance the idea of manufacturing large quantities of goods, whilst still remainging exclusivity for the brand. They prided themselves on using good quality fabrics (most noteably cotton) with custom designed patters. they styling of the clothes had a slight Parisian feel to them.

The key to the success of Horrockses was the way they printed onto cotton, which was the most popular fabric of the time, although newer man made fabrics were starting to creep in. Not only did they create the printed patterns in house, but they commisioned artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi and Graham Sutherland to design for them too. These were applied onto the high quality cotton sheeting, reserved exclusively for Horrockses Fashions. A bit like when high end designers collaborate with high street brands now.

The exhibition will run at the Fashion and Textile museum from 9th July to 24th October 2010.  Something on display that I am very intrigued to see is the way they will show the the life cycle of the garments, from initial fabric design through to production and consumption. As someone interested in ethcial fashion, this will be incredibly interesting to compare to modern day techniques. Of course, it could be said that they are at the forefront of consumerism, with customers demanding increasingly more for their money, and faster fashion turnarounds.

For more information on the Fashion and Textile Museum and for more information on the exhibition – http://www.ftmlondon.org/

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I have just learnt that the wonderful Victoria and Albert museum is going to be running an exhibition entitled ‘Grace Kelly – Style Icon’ from 17th April to 26th September 2010. 

A beutiful selection of garments worn by the icon will be displayed in the museum, ‘tracing the evolution of her style’. Grace Kelly was one of the biggest and brightest actresses of her time in the 1950s, and is still today being used as a reference for many designers.

On display will be the infamous Hermes Kelly bag, dresses from her films including the gown she wore to accept her Oscar in 1955. 

Garments, hats and jewelerry that adorned Grace will be accompanied by posters, film clips and her Oscar statuette. Designers on display include Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves St Laurent.

A fee will apply for admission to the exhibition, but it will definitely be worth it. I attened the Kylie exhibition a few years back (I was never a Kylie fan, but I went for the amazing costumes) and left a bit of a Kylie fan! The V&H sure know how to show an exhibition…

http://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/future_exhibs/index.html

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I love Marilyn Monroe, and I have started to collect books, and images and videos about her. I sometimes just have the urge to sit down with a cup of tea, and look through the images of her stunning beauty. The images are so timeless and classic, and will remain popular for many generations to come. People may try to impersonate her, but no one will ever come close.

Here are a selection of some of my favourite images…

  

“Everyone’s just laughing at me. I hate it. Big breasts, big ass, big deal, Can’t I be anything else ? Gee, how long can you be sexy?” – Marilyn Monroe

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I attended Goodwood Revival way back in September 2009, and got some great shots while I was there. I am a big fan of fashion and style from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s…

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