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Cancer Research UK, a fantastic charity, has launched their new campaign in association with TK Maxx to help raise awareness of the charity, and encourage people to donate their clothes to help raise money for this worthy cause.

Here are just a few images of celebs who have posed naked for the cause. To see the rest visit the Sky News website, where you can also read more on the motivation behind the campaign.

I think this is a great cause for a wonderful charity, and I hope they raise lots and lots of money to help those who suffer with cancer.

Good luck Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx…you are doing a wonderful thing!

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Seeing as it is rather a nice day, it got me thinking abouyt weddings. OK, so I don’t need a little bit of sunshine to make me think about weddings, if I am honest I think about them a lot. When I was little all I dreamed of being (besides the bride!) was a wedding gown designer. My parents knew someone who owned her own boutique, and as soon as I stepped inside for the first time my jaw dropped and something pinged inside – ‘this is what I want to do!’ I must have been about 8. It was an epiphany at the age of 8 one might say. Or…I just liked lots of pretty dresses…and I REALLY liked dressing up!

Recently, when thinking about how I would make the best wedding planner in the world (think Jennifer Lopez in ‘The Wedding Planner’ but better..obv!) I think of weddings in fields. Yes, that’s right, you heard me correctly, in one of these (minus all the pumpkins…unless that is your kinda thing)…

 And, let’s face it, it’s not difficult to come across a field in England.

So, why a field? I don’t really know. There is always a buzz about differnt types of wedding, first it was church, then hotel, then country house, then the beach…I want to swing it round to outdoorsy weddings. You can create the most beautiful setting, and best of all at night you get to light everywhere up with lanterns and fairy lights, and sticks with flames on…the photos will look great! And, you can release sky lanterns at night (see earlier post).

Here are a few images I found to get you round to my way of thinking…

Ahhh…beautiful…

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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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Presented by Alternative Arts, Alternative Fashion Week runs from 19th April to 23rd April, and showcases emerging designers with truley original and creative designs.

Get down to Spitalfields, London daily during the week at 1.15pm as it is open to the public.

http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/AFW

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