Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Portraits of an Icon mixed with Pleasure and Pain....Only a day out in London!

I love visiting London and it always surprises me how much you can fit in one day. Vintage lovers are in luck this year with so many museums holding fabulous vintage fashion exhibitions. My 17 year old daughter loves Audrey Hepburn so first stop was The National Portrait Gallery to see the Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon exhibition. (Open 2nd July- 18th October 2015).

 I love the classic look of Audrey's style and she always appeared so effortlessly graceful. The exhibition charters her career from youth to senior years with over 145 photographic images.

You can not fail to be mesmerized by her beauty . This photo was an advertising campaign for Lacto-calamine, 1950 taken by Angus McBean.

I love this photograph taken by Norman Parkinson, of Audrey in costume for Gigi, 1952.

So many magazine covers to choose from in all nationalities. Her collaboration with Givenchy helped propel her as the style icon she became and any vintage fashion lover won't be disappointed. My favourite Audrey Hepburn film has to be 'Breakfast at Tiffanys', 1961. What's yours?

Next stop one off my 'to see list' visiting the Pleasure and Pain shoe exhibition at The V & A museum. The exhibition displays footwear from all over the world, with over 200 pairs of extreme footwear, including the famous Naomi Campbell skyscrapers which she fell in during Vivienne Westwood Autumn 1993 show along with some simple white stilettos worn by Marilyn Monroe. (open 13th June- 31st January 2016)

1956-1960 , Salvatore Ferragamo, Stiletto pumps worn by Marilyn Monroe. Not as glamorous as you might expect but I guess they helped her perfect that wiggle walk.
 10'' platform heels would be enough to make any supermodel take a tumble!

Paying homage to the designer Andre Courreges and his 1960's 'Space Age' collection. The 'Moon Girl' look, shiny white low heeled, square toed boots.

Something for the men too. The craftsmanship that has made some of these shoes is amazing, a thing of beauty. Mens marbled Oxfords from 1925, made from Suede, Gilded leather and leather.

1970's Leather and snake skinned shoes.

'Shoes for a cad'. These were one of my favourites. Two tone shoes, 1925-35. This style shoe still looks stylish today.

Ending on a high! The mens kick-ass platform boot, 1975 with a 14cm high heel.

It's not just the lucky South that are holding such fabulous exhibitions, next on my list will be The Age of Glamour, 1950's vintage fashion exhibition held at Lotherton Hall, leeds. Following the impact of Parisien design on British fashion in the 1950's, highlighting couture designers such as Dior. (opens 8th May-31st December 2015).

The 'Marks in Time' exhibition celebrates Marks and Spencers 128 years of their collections.
The archives are held on display in the Michael Marks building at the University of Leeds.(opens Monday-Friday 9-5pm)

Tailored: a very British fashion looks at the heritage behind British tailoring from the eighteenth century to today. Featuring Saville Row tailoring, the Leeds tailoring industry, suits y Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and many more. Held at the Leeds City Museum, 17th July to the 3rd January 2016.

So much to see and do!..