Place to Visit- Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014’

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A couple of weeks ago I went out with my brothers to Victoria & Albert Museum. We went to see the Museum’s exhibition ‘Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014’. The exhibition started from 5th April 2014 and will continue to 27th July 2014.

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The exhibition explores designs after the second world war to the present day. The clothes on display were breathtaking and just seeing the craftsmanship that goes into designing clothes is extraordinary. We also learned what the ‘Made in Italy’ brand means to designers, creative directors, artisans and writers. Franca Sozzani (editor-in chief of Vogue Italia) defined Italian fashion and ‘Made in Italy’ as quality, creativity, glamour, richness and unnoticeable luxury. Additionally, what was fascinating to see was the business aspect of the Italian fashion industry and Angela Missoni of the Italian fashion house Missoni commenting on the lack of support from the Italian government.

I thought Fausto Puglisi’s commentary on Italian fashion was very interesting:

I trust so much in Italian art and craft. That is something I like to do. I can never accept to do something out of Italy. I believe so much in sacrifice in fashion. Rome wasn’t built in a day and that’s for me the same thing. I mean a dress is not built in a day. A dress needs to be fitted, a dress needs to be sewed, a dress needs to be amazing. And if we think about the big names in fashion we think about sacrifice. Sacrifice means that fashion is your obsession and fashion is the only girlfriend and boyfriend you can have in life. Fashion is the only obsession, there is nothing else than fashion.

Francesco Cianferoni, Gucci Artisan:

On average a modeller has more than 20 years of experience. A prototype artisan, more than 10 years. I personally have done this job for 37 years. Obviously, our values are tradition, “Made in Italy” and quality. These are, of course, constantly challenged by innovation, which we must confront every day to have a young product that keeps up with the times.

Of course, during the making process the bags are assembled by hand, sewn with sewing machines, etc., but there is always a large human component – that is what determines the expected final result. We are talking about productions that were made in the 1960s and 1950s, and are still made today in the same manner and using the same tools. We draw a lot out of our historical archive.

We work with living materials. Leather changes according to tanning, dyeing… so many factors. The product always has to be followed from beginning to end, as every product is unique; each piece of leather is different from another. So it is not an assembly-line job, but a job requiring concentration, analysis and passion.

It made me appreciate fashion even more than I already do. The passion that goes into creating high fashion pieces is clearly visible in the exhibition. I am happy that I have brothers that equally love fashion as I do, we enjoyed ourselves so much (fashion geeks ha).

There is a book with the history of The glamour of Italian Fashion that you can buy from V&A’s gift shop. I can’t wait to read it!

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Sadly, I could not take pictures of the exhibition. They were really strict on photography-sad times. You all need to see the beautiful clothing in the exhibition. It is only £8 for students. I want to go again!

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Go check it out!

Stay Blessed

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PLACE TO VISIT-Paris

PLACE TO VISIT-Paris

The beginning of last month, my girls and I went away for a city break in Paris.  I have been there a couple of times before but it was a different experience this time. We had so much fun and saw most of Paris in two days. From Musée d’Orsay to Notre Dame to the Louvre-we went everywhere. I really did not think it was possible but hey we did it! Of course we visited Eiffel Tower- how can you not? We went during the day, otherwise we would have been sandwiched with couples during the night. Not that we do not love romance, we were on a girls holiday. We also went to Palais Garnier, I was in awe with how beautiful the place was. The detail in some of the ornaments and panelling was absolutely breathtaking. Hôtel de Ville was one of my favourites. There was a Nelson Mandela exhibition running at the time, it was very emotional and  inspiring. The great things that Mandela has done for South Africa and the world will always be remembered.

So if you are a Keeping up with the Kardashians fan, you will know on Kourtney and Kim take Miami the Kardashians visited Pont Des Arts. Which is also known as love padlock bridge. We tried finding their padlocks- Lol it was a fail. We even forgot where we put ours after a while. There are millions  and millions of padlocks on there so it will be extremely difficult to find a padlock that you wish to see. Another place we went to was the Arc de Triomphe.  We climbed the 200+ steps, it was ever so tiring. We had to have a little rest once we got to the top before we walked around and took the scenery in.

I had so much fun and I will definitely do something again like this soon.

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Stay Blessed

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Place to visit- Cambridge

Place to visit- Cambridge

I went to Cambridge in June for a girls’ weekend catching up with my girlfriends. I have visited Cambridge before and I had a chance last time to do punting. However this time, we played tourists-walked around town and took the sightseeing bus around the city. I love Cambridge, there is so much history to the place. I have a few pictures to share with you.

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