There is an amazing exhibit occurring at the Victoria & Albert Museum In London. It has gained international publicity. There are two parts. First is a showcase of Fashion through the ages. Secondly there is the “Grace Kelly” exhibit.
I attended for the Grace Kelly portion. She is my idol and I could not pass up the opportunity to stand a foot away from her Monaco gowns, the dress she wore to the Oscar’s and the famed Hermes “Kelly” bag. However, no photographs were allowed so I don’t have that to share with you.
While I waited for my chance to see the exhibit I stumbled upon a different fashion showing. It was incredible. Couture clothing from across the ages. Shoes from 1790, corsets and layers of fabric on ballgowns (pre-air conditioning!). You watch the evolution of women’s fashion. Layers of fabric condensed down to one, necklines dropping and hems rising. There’s a photo of the first woman’s suit by Chanel. Still all lace and pearls it was a revolution. The Highlight? The famous white beaded dress worn by Princess Diana. The part I could have done without? A Juicy Couture sweat pant set. How that even made it into consideration I’ll never know.
For the men, unfortunately not much was displayed. Sorry guys! There was a beautiful Tom Ford designed, Gucci, blue velvet tuxedo. Stunning!
The exhibit runs until the end of this September in London. Here are a few pictures for those that can’t attend. You can see a few more by clicking on this link to my Flickr photo album.
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