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London – St Barts Pathology Museum

December 28, 2015

A few weeks back I finally managed to visit a place I had been meaning to visit for a long time: St Barts Pathology Museum. I am a fan of old-style Victorian museums, especially if they are medical or scientific. If they have old specimens or taxidermy then I’ll be all over it – I think it’s the closet goth in me… constantly struggling to get out!

If you want to have a look inside, do it at your own peril – although I didn’t get a lot of detail photos (I wasn’t allowed), this is a museum that is filled with human body parts.

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Things to do in London – Imperial War Museum

January 13, 2015

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I ended up visiting the Imperial War Museum by mere accident, as I was in the area and it was ridiculously cold. It turned out to be a great idea, not because I managed to hide away from the elements but also because I had a lot of fun. As I mentioned before I am a fan of militaria and derive a lot of inspiration from such garments, so this visit ended up being full of eye candy.

Regardless of what one’s feelings are about war, it’s well worth a visit, for the sheer quality and interestingness of the historical objects on display. Won’t you see what my favourites were?

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An hour to kill at… the V&A – London

February 10, 2014

I just spent a lovely weekend in London, attending Pure London (more on that later in the week). I found myself with some free time on Saturday and decided to stop by at the V&A. There’s always someting interesting to see, not to mention that the Museum is so big, I haven’t had the chance to see it all. So that’s what I did.

When you go in, you have a suggested donation for £3.00 but you don’t have to pay if you can’t afford it. Even if you did pay, a £3.00 ticket is a pretty good price for a place where you can spend the whole day… to me this is a perfect budget day out in London. I wandered around aimlessly, it was a good experience because you end up being surprised. I hope you enjoy the little things that caught my eye.

15th century love token jewelry. Some things never change, isn’t it?

Iranian tiles.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli (with me on the reflection)

Christian Dior

Balenciaga black and white polkadot dress.

And then I was kicked out. Next time I find myself in London with nothing to do, I am definitely going back.

Victoria & Albert Museum – V&A

Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

Closest tube station: South Kensington

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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

October 4, 2013

On our recent weekend in Brighton, Mr D and I visited the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. We sort of bumped into it, as it is located in one of the buildings in the gardens of the Royal Pavilion. It was a lovely surprise and what we found inside was an even better one. From beautiful paintings to exquisite outfits and lovely homewares from the last couple of centuries, combined with historical exhibits about the city of Brighton, makes this small museum a real gem. I took a few photos of the items that caught my eye and imagination.

I wouldn’t mind having these panels, bed and light fixture in my bedroom.

Chinoiserie, which in French means something like ‘Chinese-esque’, was very popular in Europe, particularly in the 19th Century (like the examples above) and consists of art and decorative objects inspired by Chinese art.

These smiling cats look so happy, they made me smile too!

A very colourful 1970’s tea set. I really wouldn’t mind bringing it home with me.

A child’s Jubilee celebration dress, made of flags. How pretty is that?

On the Brighton themed rooms, Mods and Rockers could not be forgotten, of course. If you don’t know what I am talking about, check out the film Quadrophenia and you will see.

The dedicated ceramics room had some very interesting specimens indeed. I found it most intriguing why that Virgin Mary on the left has the name written in Portuguese. Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho – Our Lady of the Good Dispatch, which would be the Virgin Mary making sure prayers were heard by God – she would help “dispatch” them to the Lord quicker, if you asked for her interference. Interesting.

Also interesting and located in another area of the exhibition, was the chamber pot, decorated with the effigy of Napoleon with the latin word ‘Pereat’ which means ‘May he Perish’ painted next to it. Talk about a smear campaign!

The room dedicated to performance art was great and of course, all the sequins and glitters made me go all wide eyed.

What a beautiful 1940’s red dress. I’d wear it in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t you?

How fantastical is this lacy number by Alexander McQueen? Seeing clothes like this, especially in person, convince me that garments can be a lot more than just protection against the elements, they are Art.

Anything ballerina inspired is a winner in my book. I don’t remember who made this one but it’s really beautiful.

1960’s Ossie Clark mellow yellow.

The simple elegance of an Azzedine Alaia black dress. Only when you strip down a dress to the basics can you really appreciate the beauty of structure and construction.

I also enjoy a little bit of excess, particularly Asian inspired rich fabrics like these.

A part of the exhibition featured some clothes worn by locals who are members of several different scenes. I refuse to call them urban tribes as the term makes me cringe. There, I had to say it. I particularly liked the goth items on display.

Beautiful inspiration in the shape of paintings. Who needs fashion magazines when you can go to the museum?

And last but not least, the sexiest piece I’ve seen in a museum lately – capes, masks, mules decorated with bows, ooh lala!

There is plenty more to see as well as a nice cafeteria serving light meals and a good selection of cakes and teas. I definitely recommend spending a couple of hours at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.


Week in photos

July 21, 2013

Happy Sunday!

Loads of photos to share today – some form last weekend in London and all the tidbits for this week! This hasn’t been a very busy week, I’ve just been recovering from the last weekend – I spent it on my feet and it was sooo tiresome! I still have some more photos to share, which I will do over the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy.