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