February 15, 2016
After living in London, the city's Victoria & Albert Museum grew to hold special meaning to me. Of course, it helps they always have amazing fashion and accessory exhibits, such as "The Glamour of Italian Fashion" that was held in 2014, with designs from the end of WWII to the present day to "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain" that ran last year and where around 200 pairs of shoes that dated back to ancient Egypt to present day were on display.
Now looking to 2016, and opening on 16 April, the V&A is certain to once again not disappoint. They are set to unveil, "Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear," with more than 200 examples of underwear for men and women from designers that include: Stella McCartney, La Perla, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith.
I've always believed there is something special about underwear, as it's the closest piece of clothing to our skin and is often the longest garment that stays on us throughout the day.
Remember this post: Tips for Underwear Shopping.
Of course, when you are talking about something like underwear, you can imagine there is a lot to explore. And, this exhibit is certain to do just that.
From how corsets were recommended to improve medical conditions and posture to a waist training corset, which is certainly how many of us think of corsets, there are a range of topics covered. There will also be shapewear included and advertisements. Discussions on packaging will also be touched on; although, it's not your everyday conversation. Packaging from David Beckham for H&M briefs, from 2012, is set to be included and meant to highlight the importance of fit.
The evolution of bras, lingerie and even how underwear evolved into no longer being just underneath clothes is highlighted.
Simply put, the V&A is planning to cover a range of topics, and I'm certain, there will be more discussion on underwear than we realized.
Other designers slated to be included in this exhibit, include: Vivienne Westwood, Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana and more.
"Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear" opens 16 April 2016 and runs through 12 March 2017, at London's V&A Museum.
Until then, be sure to get into the underwear mode and check out Adea's offering of lingerie and undies.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.