Museuming in London… FTM and John Soane’s house

 On my birthday I had a wonderful day up in London with one of my best pals Caro (her boyf even cooked us dinner in the evening…win!) Anyway, it was a day filled with museum visiting.
First Stop Sir John Soane’s museum. This is one of the museums in London I had never visited before… and it is so inconspicuous you could easily walk right past it and not notice it. The museum is actually what was once Soane’s house. It is a glorious testament to the architect who bought outside architecture in. The ceilings and stained glass in the house are particularly wonderful and you see a mish mash of eras in the objects he collected. I particularly liked his “gallery” where there are some sensational Hogarth painting on display. John Soanes house is actually free,,, and well worth a visit.
We then pootled off to the Fashion and Textile museum where I FINALLY got to see the POP exhibition. I have to say this is one of the best exhibitions that FTM have held in a while (Second only to the Horrockses exhibition from last 2010). In particular I highly rated the layout of the exhibition, considering the space is quite small there was A LOT to see.
If you are expecting this to be an exhibition which places its primary focus on the sixties, think again. There is wonderful design from both the 50s and 70s too (both decades I personally prefer to the 60s). I really enjoyed too that this exhibition wasn’t just textiles focus but looked at broader “design” too.
Here are a few of my personal highlights.
I couldn’t see an exhibition label for this skirt but I know it is a Sportaville model, as I tried to buy one of these about a year ago.
Martini label skirt
Biba jacket. I am just swooning at the cut of this
Zandra Rhodes shorts


It also re-introuded me to the brand Mr Freedom, which really epitomises what I love about 70s design.

This dress is another Sportaville model dress and shows that the company were still producing highly imaginative print design in the 1970s.

Two Miss Mouse designs showing the early 70s revival of 1950s styles by Rae Spencer-Cullen

Superb Terry De Havilland platforms
Zandra Rhodes emsemble
Vivienne Westwood knitwear
 Paper dresses in their packets

Designing Women: Post War British textiles at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Today, the final exhibition review for a while. Last Wednesday I went to Designing women: post war British textiles at the Fashion and textile museum.
The exhibition primarily focuses on the work of three designers; Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler.
There are a few pieces also by the designer Paule Vezelay, Mary White and Mary Warren.
There are some truly fantastic textiles on display at the exhibition, with the focus on textile design of these women from the 50s.
The exhibition here is more about interiors textiles rather than fashion textiles. I actually really enjoyed this myself ( I found it inspiring for how I would like to decorate my own home!) although I could tell some of the other visitors were a little disgruntled.
I would just say that if you have been to see the British design exhibition this works really well as a “follow up” and adds more detail to some of the design work seen within the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition.
Whilst I enjoyed this exhibition I did think that it felt a little empty and that they could have fitted the work of more designers into the space…but again this is just personal opinion (maybe some print designs by some of the great designers who worked for Horrockses like Pat Albeck, Brigitte Denhert and Joyce Badrocke???)
I would highly recommend this exhibition though and I’ll leave you with some of the multitude of pictures I took (a great thing about the FTM they allow you to be as snappy happy- flash off of course- as you like)

 Lucienne Day “Too many cooks” and “good food”

  Lucienne Day “Trio”

  Lucienne Day “Herb Anthony”

  Lucienne Day

 Marian Mahler “Sails”

 Marian Mahler “Bird chair”

 No details

 Jacqueline Groag “Aquarius”

 Jacqueline Groag “Good morning” and “Family outing

Paule Vezelay “Harmony”

 Mary Warren “Spinners”

Mary White “Coppice”