London’s Design Scene

Those of you who have read a few of my posts know that I rarely say No to a museum trip. But when paired with a Design exhibition – now this just screams irresistible!

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I stopped midway through crossing Tower Bridge (believe me, this is a challenge on a Saturday!) and enjoyed the view of one of my favourite buildings in London. The Shard boasts 309 metres (87 storeys) of architectural prowess and sleek futuristic design. If you haven’t been to the top (you get on a high-speed lift that takes you up to the open-air viewing platform on the 72nd floor), I’d definitely recommend that you check out The View from the Shard which offers an amazing panorama of the London skyline and up to 40 miles further out on a clear day.

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We approached the unassuming white structure that houses London’s Design Museum. Once we entered the Women Fashion Power exhibition, minimalism and simplicity gave way to pops of colour and bursts of creativity.

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The exhibition covers 150 years of fashion history and tells the inspiring stories of influential women who expressed themselves with bold garments and statement accessories.

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Of course, everything new is well-forgotten old. These D&G sunglasses seem somewhat familiar …

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Boyfriend jeans? In the 1960s YSL’s women’s tuxedos were all the rage.

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The 90s restored femininity to the throne but retained that slightly edgy look of the femme fatale, who could be seen sporting anything from a Burgundy crocodile leather jacket by Dior to a classic red vintage satin Valentino dress.

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The 90s also saw the rise of rebellion in fashion – Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel’s traditional and quite conservative little black dress (left) and turned it into a frock that any punk princess would lust after. Vivienne Westwood (right) was recognised for her British Designer of the Year in 1991 for her sophisticated tailoring, and her rebellion against using traditional materials and fabrics.

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In more recent years, the trend towards unusual models and materials holds especially true for shoes, where designers have introduced spikes and have experimented with all kinds of questionably practical heels. Make sure to stop by these upcoming exhibions at the Victoria & Albert – Shoes: Pleasure and Pain (13 Jun 2015 – 31 Jan 2016), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (14 Mar – 15 Jul 2015).

Also, check out my post about the Wedding Dresses exhibition (until 15 Mar 2015) at the V & A here.

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Me in the midst of all the creativity. The museum also has a reading room with books on subjects ranging from DIY to artisan crafts, and a great shop where you can buy exclusive pieces from the collections.

London, you’ve done it again – there’s always something new and inspiring lurking around the corner in this monster of a city. Make the most of it!

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