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Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace: The Queen’s Coronation 1953

Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace: The Queen’s Coronation 1953

‘Opposite are row upon row of peeresses mounting towards the very roof: They look like a lovely hunk of fruit cake; the damson jam of the velvet bordered with the clotted cream of ermine and sprinkled with the sugar of diamonds’ – Norman Hartnell – The largest exhibition ever mounted […]

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Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

We couldn’t make last week’s press viewing of Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace, so took the opportunity yesterday, to spend an idyllic summer’s afternoon strolling around the palace and grounds. This new exhibition showcases gowns from the collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. By […]

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The Vogue Festival 2013

The Vogue Festival 2013

This year’s Vogue Festival which takes place at the Southbank Centre in London at the weekend, will be the second of its kind. Last year, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, Christopher Bailey and indeed David Bailey, all made appearances at its two-day inaugural event, celebrating all things fashion. Bringing together designers, models, […]

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David Bowie is, V&A Museum

David Bowie is, V&A Museum

David Bowie is – which opens at the V&A this Saturday – is a breathtaking tour de force of sound and vision. From the company which brought us the animation and video projection design for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, this is a groundbreaking exhibition for a groundbreaking artist. […]

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Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style, National Theatre

Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style, National Theatre

We’ve always been huge fans of Norman Parkinson, and our editor distinctly remembers having a large poster of Young Velvets, Young Prices on her bedroom wall as a teenager. It was shot in 1949 on the roof of the Conde Nast building, for Vogue. She is still enraptured by the sheer […]

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Fifty Fabulous Frocks, The Fashion Museum, Bath

Fifty Fabulous Frocks, The Fashion Museum, Bath

– frock: historically referred to an article of clothing in the 17th century, specifically a workman’s outer garment: in the 18th century a man’s loose fitting coat: a religious robe; more typically a woman’s dress. – We’re somewhat embarrassed to admit that this is our first ever visit to The […]

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Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

One of the favourite books in our Christmas stocking this year, was Grace Coddington’s memoir. As Creative Director of American Vogue since 1988, Grace’s extraordinary talent for creating breathtakingly romantic shoots has always been appreciated by fashion insiders, but it wasn’t until the acclaimed 2009 documentary, The September Issue, that the […]

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The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch, Windsor Castle

The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch, Windsor Castle

At Windsor Castle’s Drawings Gallery, The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch is a truly fascinating and rather lovely exhibition which presents a selection of official, commissioned and informal portraits from Her Majesty’s 60-year reign, including work by Cecil Beaton, Lucian Freud, Dorothy Wilding, Andy Warhol and Annie Leibovitz. What makes this […]

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Valentino: Master of Couture

Valentino: Master of Couture

I know what women want. They want to be beautiful. – Valentino Garavani – This week we attended the grand unveiling of Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House. It encapsulates the true essence of elegance, glamour, haute couture; indeed everything that is Valentino Garavani. Spanning a 50-year career, this exhibition […]

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Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment

Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment

Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment, now showing at the Fashion and Textile Museum, is a fascinating and rather lovely retrospective of London couture, examining the impact of royal celebrity on 20th century British fashion. The beautiful collection – assembled here to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year […]

by × November 27, 2012 × 0 comments

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The Little Black Jacket, Mini Palais

The Little Black Jacket, Mini Palais

The Little Black Jacket exhibition, consisting of one black tweed Chanel jacket and 109 of Karl Largerfeld’s favourite muses, has finally landed in its spiritual home: Paris. After a global six month tour: Seoul, Berlin, Moscow, London, Hong Kong, Taipei, New York, Tokyo and Sydney, the iconic jacket – a […]

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Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair, National Portrait Gallery

Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair, National Portrait Gallery

Surprisingly, Marilyn Monroe visited England just the once in her short lifetime. During the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier, Monroe and Arthur Miller rented Parkside House in Surrey from July – November 1956. During this time, the British press followed Marilyn whenever and wherever possible. […]

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