Rebecca’s orange hair & Vivienne Westwood coat in Covent Garden
Rebecca Johnson’s striking orange hair & metallic creepers turned heads in Covent Garden. The fire eater from Bloomsbury, London was shopping in Seven Dials wearing a Vivienne Westwood coat, Antoni & Alison bag, Underground creepers and American Apparel leggings.
Natasha Rose on Brick Lane in her South American finds & Vivienne Westwood.
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]atasha Rose is pictured on Brick Lane in London, fresh from roaming South America with her backpack, where she’d stocked up on some native clothing treasures including this woven rucksack from Bolivia. She wears an ASOS dress, jacket from H&M New York, flatform sandals from Kimchi Blu in New York, Urban Outfitters bowler hat, Vivienne Westwood rings, antique pocket watch necklace and a bracelet made out of her Granddad’s Bar Mitzvah necklace. Natasha is The Pirate Baker, order your baking here!
V&A museum reopens the doors to it’s grand domed Fashion Gallery on Saturday with Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, an exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from the 1950’s to today.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he V&A museum reopens the doors to it’s grand domed Fashion Gallery on Saturday with Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, an exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from the 1950’s to today.
Such spectacular creations, once worn by young maidens at their coming out balls, at post-war Britain’s lavish balls, and later in the 1980’s at fashionable charity balls, are today more popular for red carpets and cat walks. Providing much glossy magazine fodder for the rest of us making do with rentals or high street copy’s for our special occasions. Now V&A are inviting us to lust after such opulence in the flesh, with headline making pieces such as Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ and gowns worn by Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Hurley and Bianca Jagger. According to V&A, “There is a strong British design tradition of creating sumptuous ballgowns, one that has been upheld in the late 20th and 21st centuries through the work of designers such as Hardy Amies, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The exhibition covers more than 60 years of a tradition that continues to flourish.”
Ballgowns is largely made up of pieces from the V&A’s collection, also designated as the UK’s National Collection, and has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of dress in the world. Covering two floors, the exhibition shows old and current designs for social events such as royal state occasions, debutante balls, opening nights, catwalk shows and red carpet events by a range of designers from Ossie Clark and Catherine Walker to Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou. Innovative designer Gareth Pugh has created a stunning metallic leather dress especially for the exhibition. Expect some spectacular features such as a stylised ‘ballroom’ space with around 30 evening gowns on open display under spectacular pavilions surrounded by oversized pearls, and unusual interpretations such as a latex gown by Atsuko Kudo. It’s enough to make me want to repeat my freshers ball, but this time with a Vivienne Westwood on, and no puking.
You can own your own piece of Great British Fashion for just £6 by way of a Royal Mail stamp set. Commissioned by the V&A, it includes designs from Hardy Amies and Vivienne Westwood, see below.
Natasha Rose pictured on Garden Walk during a Purified Footwear photography exhibition in Space 54, Shoreditch, wearing Vivienne Westwood leather jacket & Hudson boots.
One of the most joyful characters one is likely to meet is Natasha Rose; and styling rock bands and creating outlandish cupcakes are just a couple of the string’s on her bow. Here she is wearing a Vivienne Westwood leather jacket, Zara dress, Topshop necklace and tights and Purified boots. She was pictured on Garden Walk during a Purified Footwear photography exhibition in Space 54, Shoreditch. Natasha is crazy about heritage British designers such as Westwood; and she works for London shoe makers Hudson, whose contemporary designs have heavy classic British influences.
Riding down Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch I came across Rachel and Karlie who were looking after menswear shop A Child of the Jago. The shop is a feast for the eyes in itself with a gothic feel harking back to Victorian East London, and I’m told they will be branching out into women’s wear in 2013. Rachel Smith (right) wears a vintage leather jacket (only £7!), blouse from Topshop concessions, jodhpurs from a riding shop and cardigan and brogues from Topshop. Karlie Shelley, (left) who’s currently designing her own clothes line, wears a metre of navy blue boucle fabric as a shawl from a market, a Vivienne Westwood t-shirt, a Child Of The Jago apron, socks from a hosiery shop on Neal Street and Vivienne Westwood shoes.