Another amazing fashion photography exhibition is in town, and it is perfect for losing yourself in on a wet September afternoon. Gimpel Fils are showcasing Corinne Day THE FACE, a collection of photos the self-taught photographer took for the boundary breaking magazine in 1991. The focal point of the exhibition is one of Day’s most famous sitters, Kate Moss, in what are some of her most iconic images to date.
Corinne Day THE FACE is being exhibited at Gimpel Fils from 1st September – 1st October 2011.
When it comes to art, I’ve always been most fond of photographs, however a good drawing can also catch my attention, especially a good fashion illustration. Therefore, I cannot wait to attend Drawing Fashion, an exhibition at the Design Museum, which will feature original illustrations from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen.
Alongside these spectacular images will be film-clips, news reels, music and photography, giving you the whole story, and enhancing the illustrations. Also, there will be three events, starting with the Drawing Fashion Debate tonight, Manolo Blahnik in Conversation with Colin McDowell, which has already sold out, and Stephen Jones in Conversation with Colin McDowell on Wednesday 26th January.
Drawing Fashion is open from 3rd November 2010 until 6th March 2011. Tickets to talks and events cost £15 or £7.50 if you are a member.
One of the most exciting events on the fashion calendar has to be Graduate Fashion Week, where you can see the fashion designers of the future. There will be approximately 22 university fashion shows from 50 universities across 52 courses, with a range of original and inspiring collections, some of which have been snapped up straight away from some of today’s most iconic companies and stores.
Although most days you can only go if you are trade, it is open in Sunday 6th June to public, so everybody can get in on some of the action. Exhibition only tickets are only £5 and can be bought on the door, and University show tickets are £10, but they are selling out fast! So, if you want to discover the next Stella McCartney or Christopher Bailey, I suggest you get yours now.
Anybody who has loved music and fashion at any point over the past 50 years has probably been to Carnaby Street; the street that was synonymous with the swinging 60’s, but continued to make its mark over the decades that followed. To celebrate everything that Carnaby Street represented over the past 50 years there will be an unique exhibition held called ‘Carnaby Street: 1960 – 2010’, kicking off this Friday.
The central feature of the show is a unique 3D timeline which illustrates key people, events and happenings in the area from over 500 years ago up until the modern day. It will be followed by a series of events throughout 2010 including a live music weekend in June and a unique fashion show in September. Before you head down there, About your Dress recommends visiting the Carnaby website to see if there are any special discounts.
Following Irving Penn’s death at the end of last year, and the release of his book Irving Penn: Small Trades, there is an exhibition of his work entitled Irving Penn Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, which opened yesterday. Whereas the book focused on the beauty of everyday people, these images will celebrate his work photographing major cultural figures including Grace Kelly, Al Pacino, Salvador Dali and Christian Dior.
The exhibition is brought together from major international collections and includes over 120 silver and platinum prints, many vintage, ranging from his portraits for Vogue magazine in the 1940s to some of his last work. Tickets are a bargain at a maximum of £10, and the portraits will be on show until June 6th, when they will move to Rome, so make sure you see them whilst you can.
When you think of Grace Kelly a few labels will come to you automatically, Hollywood star, royal bride, beloved princess and of course, style icon. She was renowned for her cool beauty and faultless good taste, setting herself miles apart from her contemporaries, with the “Grace Kelly look” reaching the Parisian catwalk and covers of Vogue.
Now the V&A are set to release a book showcasing her spectacular outfits, in the form of 80 colour and 40 black and white images, called Grace Kelly Style: Fashion for Hollywood’s Princess. The release of the book on April 1st 2010, will coincide with an exhibition at the V&A, running from March 20th – July 4th 2010, which will showcase her clothing over the years. Pieces shown will include her own clothes, outfits worn for films and the lace ensemble worn for her civil marriage ceremony to Prince Rainier, as well as film clips, posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette.
You are probably aware by now that About your Dress is a fan of sample sales, so I can’t wait for London Fashion Weekend, taking place from Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th February at Somerset House. With over 100 designers selling a range of samples, one-off designs, current and past seasons collections at up to 70% off RRP, it is the ultimate sale! As well as this you can get beauty tips and haircare advice from Elizabeth Arden and TONI&GUY. You do have to get tickets though, so make sure you get in there quick!