Records and Rebels Reviewed

The V&A’s You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels exhibition will transport you back to the late 1960’s, a time when the youth of the time ruled the streets and the air was thick with the threat of revolution and a war against the harsh government rulings of the time.

Upon arriving at the exhibition you are given a set of headphones and an audio player, whether this actually enhances or distracts from the experience can be somewhat debatable, however it has to be said that I myself found it startlingly difficult not to enjoy listening to some of my most favorite bands and musicians (The Small Faces, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to name a few..) from the late 1960’s whilst learning about things such as who exactly designed Barbarella’s silver swimsuit, or what exactly people wore to Woodstock.

The exhibition begins with a recreation of Carnaby Street in the 1960’s; it is here that we are immediately introduced to London fashion culture in the 1960’s. A variation of different pieces are displayed, perhaps most notably so the highly chic Mary Quant jacket and skirt suit, made from William Morris Marigold print. Mary Quant was a brand at the forefront of the 1960’s fashion scene, creating youthful, easy to wear styles. Further into the exhibition we see not only what the youth of the 1960’s wore, but also how they did their hair. Part of the exhibition is held in a barbershop setting, complete with mannequins in swivel chairs getting their hair cut. It is here we see the extreme lines and shapes of 1960’s hair, worn by mannequins in silver metallic 60’s shift dresses.

One of the things I found most intriguing was the various arrays of posters on display. These posters really capture the story behind the exhibition; they were a way for the youth to express their feelings and ideas free of government control. Posters for causes such as gender equality, gay rights – things that are still major concerns in today’s society, can be found within the exhibition.

The exhibition also touches upon consumerism during 1966-1970, where it seems that the desirability of goods came to be no longer tied to usefulness but instead to an ever-evolving lifestyle for the young. It is in this part of the exhibition, in a vast white room, that we see the iconic Campbell paper souper dress, manufactured by Campbell soup as a promotional item and designed to represent the exchange between contemporary art consumers and disposability.

By far the most captivating part of the exhibition is its recreation of Woodstock Festival. Lying on a bean bag chair on the faux grass flooring among strangers, listening to Jimi Hendrix and gazing up at Keith Moon’s drum kit, it is in this room that we are able to experience the festival that the youth of the late 60’s used to gather at. And if you don’t fancy that, perusing the various different outfits of Woodstock’s different performers is just as captivating. An array of fringe, tye dye, kaftans and flare jeans can be found in this cornucopia of classic 1960’s bohemian festival fashion.

Overall, I can easily say that the V&A’s You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels provides a fully immersive experience. The music, provided through the headphones given to you upon arrival, provides an insight into some of the music that inspired revolution among young people during the late 1960’s. Particularly artists like The Beatles, who feature heavily in the exhibition. The exhibition ends almost perfectly with John Lennon’s Imagine playing through the headphones as we exit through the back doors, leaving us feeling reflective and optimistic about all of the changes that this time of revolution brought about, and where that leaves us today.

Vogue 100 Exhibition

T-shirt – Brandy Melville

Jacket – Topshop

Jeans – Topshop

Boots – H&M

Recently I visited the Vogue 100 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, an exhibition celebrating 100 years of British Vogue, showcasing famous Vogue covers from the early 18th century to present day. As you can see, I went for an outfit that has become quite uniform for me to go to the exhibition, my well loved Brandy Melville alien tee tucked into my (even more) well loved Topshop Joni jeans with my everyday black bomber jacket and heeled boots.

The exhibition, held at the National Portrait Gallery, is one that I’d highly recommend to Vogue fans such as myself. Vogue’s prestigious history is one that is known to many, but this exhibition goes so much further than that. We see what Vogue has truly meant to people, it has been a distraction from the harsh realities of the war in the 1940’s, Vogue’s offices were bombed yet the magazine kept being published as the demand was so high. Women needed Vogue’s bright, glossy pages to take them away from the dark outlook of the time. Lee Miller’s war photographs, although shocking and disturbing helped to shine a light on the brutalities occurring at the time and truly shared a slice of history with readers of Vogue. One of my most favourite covers I saw at the exhibition was ‘Fashion Is Indestructible’ by Cecil Beaton. This cover, published in 1941, shows an image of a woman stood in front of a bombed building.This image for me highlighted the importance of Vogue and fashion during the war time. It shows how fashion can be a good distraction for people as although the model is stood in front of a destroyed building, she is still dressed ornately and appears to be almost unshaken by what is in front of her.

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It was also interesting to see how the magazine has progressed culturally. In 1966, Donyale Luna became the first black cover model for Vogue, photographed by David Bailey, a huge step for the magazine and for the future of black models.

Another favourite of mine was Anne Gunning by Norman Parkinson (shown below). This image was published in 1956, a time when the opportunity travel to far off countries such as India was only just opening up to Vogue readers. I love the use of colour in this photo and the way that Anne Gunning is dressed in this photograph. When I first saw this photo I liked that it looked like Anne was trying to fit in with the scenery and local style with her veil and gold jewellery, but her bright pink coat and glamorous look only make her stand out more, even though she is stood next to an elephant!

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Louis Vuitton: Series 3

Hello and welcome, first of all, to my first post on my new blog. This post has been a long time coming if I’m honest, it seems that somewhere in the past few weeks I’ve become a bit caught up in the whir of college and work and a LOT of coursework and, lets be honest, the fact that all of my favourite TV shows seem to have come back at the same time (don’t talk to me about The Walking Dead). But anyway, that’s not what I came here to prattle on about. What I did come here to prattle on about in fact, is Louis Vuitton.

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Dress – Zara

Coat – Primark

Boots – H&M

On the day of going to the exhibition, I actually felt a bit poopy and after attempting to get ready a couple of times and failing due to aforementioned poopyness, I finally had to accept the fact that I would be showing up in my grungy hoodie and leggings (professional ill person attire). The only thing that could pull me out of this funk was remembering I had this wonderful little Zara dress. It’s satisfyingly easy to wear with anything and even better, is a perfect choice comfortwise (that’s definitely not a word). I wore it with my big fluffy primark coat which has definitely been a favourite of mine recently, a simple way of jazzing up an otherwise plain outfit and adding a bit of my own style to it.

The Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition offers not only a chance to see the new collection, but a look back at history and a chance to see an actual Louis Vuitton bag being made right before your eyes. Immediately after entering the exhibition, it feels almost as if you have been transported into the creative mind of Nicholas Gesquire. The rooms are darkly lit and are filled with people, all buzzing to get an insight into the luxurious  world of Louis Vuitton.

Shortly after entering the exhibition, we are taken into a large room to watch catwalk footage of the new collection. I loved seeing rising model Fernanda Ly on the catwalk, her pink hair and overall grungy look really brings a modern look to the collection, something that contrasts with the brands traditionalism. I could also see this in the part of the exhibition where we see actual Louis Vuitton accessories from the past, right next to the new accessories from the collection. For me, it really epitomised what Louis Vuitton is as a brand, traditionalism at it’s finest. It was clear to see from the bags and accessories on display (some were from the early 1920’s!) that Louis Vuitton has been around for centuries, yet even today it manages to fit in with modern fashion, whilst also incorporating elements from the past. This is definitely something I admire about Louis Vuitton as a brand.

The exhibition also allows you to actually see a Louis Vuitton bag being hand-made right in front of you. It really is amazing to see all of the tiny details and all of the work that goes into making these bags. After this, it’s finally time to see, and be within touching distance, of the collection. Personal favourites of mine are, of course, the massive white fluffy coat modelled by Fernanda Ly and the gold/black coordinate set. Also notable is the bold shape of the sleeves on some of the pieces, it really fits in with the overall modern vibe of the whole collection, which was something that really stood out to me. The traditionalism, of course, was also visible, the trademark Louis Vuitton logo could be spotted on different bags, and many parts of the collection seemed 60’s and 70’s inspired in certain aspects – something that I loved. Overall, I really enjoyed going to the exhibition and hope to go to more similar events in the future!

What do you think about the new collection? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below!