Tuesday, 28 December 2010

I have chosen to do my final collection on Marie Antoinette. I was inspired by the decadence of Marie Antoinette but with the punk influences of Sophia Coppola's vision.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Happy Christmas

 A lovely box of old fashioned glass baubles at spitalfields market.

 A Barbie Christmas tree in Selfridges window.

 A tiger who's ready to party in Selfridge's window.

 Walked past these two amazing snowmen outside a pub.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

 For the BFC Burberry project, I have decided to base my coats around original army surplus coats re-imagined in rococo silks. These are the coats.

Monday, 15 November 2010


 This a bright yellow wooly cape, I bought at Spitalfields market. I think it's 1960s

 This is a Aquascutum trench coat that I have for quite a while.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

I made this cute union jack cushion for my friend for her birthday. It's made from lame.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Imperial War Museum

 I love this picture. There was no sugar or ice-cream so these children have a carrot on a stick. They look happy enough. That little one on the end probably has never seen an ice cream.

 Coronation chicken was invented for the Queen's coronation.

 I like that kit-kat wrappers havn't really changed.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010

Postcards from the past

Here are some old postcards I thought I'd share. I got them both on Portabello market. Only one thing annoys me about Portabello market; All the tourists who have their photo taken by the street sign and block up the whole way. It's just a sign! I bet Paddington never had to deal with that.

This one is an embroidered one. It has a layer of fabric sanwiched between two layers of card. You see quite a few of these but this is the nicest one I ever saw. I also like the words on it.

This one is from the 1930s. It looks like they took a black and white photograph of Blackpool and coloured it in with felt tips.

I can never read the writing on these. In the olden days they had such twirly writing. I prefer cards with a date on though, so you can see when it is from. I remember reading once that in the olden days (I couldn't say when) there would be 8 posts a day. It meant that if you sent a letter in the morning it would probably be there by the afternoon, and why you could write a letter to someone asking them to tea the next day in a letter.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Ballet Russe at the V&A

Some photos from the exhibiton at the V&A. You weren't allowed to take photos, but fortunately I had a lot of 'texting' to do as I went round. It was a really inspiring exhibition.

This is a drawing of the snow ballet, from Voyage to the Moon in London. Voyage to the Moon is a 'faerie' ballet, which is a huge fantasy spectacular with several ballets in it. The last remaining faerie ballet is The Nutcracker. I really like the black tail coats that some of the ballerinas are wearings. I think they are supposed to look like penguins. I tried to cut up an old blazer I had to get the shapes, so I could trace the pattern off.

This is a doll costume from the faerie ballet The Magic Toyshop. There were 10 identical dolls in this one. It was based on an earlyer ballet called The Fairy Doll.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Fashion and the Ballet Russe

The V&A's exhibition on the ballet russe is clearly having it's influence of fashion. Tim Walker has done a shoot for Vogue based of it.

This pair of photos in particular really remind me of Ziad Ghanem's theatrical collection.

Mini Trend : Sailor Hats

Salior hats at two very different shows : Christian Dior and Betsey Johnson

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