The British Fashionista’s 2014 Calendar is in full swing, with London Fashion Weekend just 4 weeks away and the Kate Moss :40 opening a week ago this weekend I thought I would head to the Museum of London to see two exhibitions that I am interested in. First, and in conjunction with Men’s Fashion Week, I wanted to see Anatomy of a Suit. And then, as I do love jewellry, Made in London: Jewellery Now, a look into the unique and ground breaking jewellery designs from designers right here in London.
The Museum of London is at the St Pauls Cathedral end of London Wall, a curious circular building that forms a roundabout at the bottom of Aldersgate Street and the best thing about it, other than the diverse exhibitions there (from Royal Carriages to Sherlock Holmes), is that is is FREE*.
*On rare occasions the Museum does charge for entry to specific exhibitions, like the current Cheapside Hoard, a look at jewellery dug up close to my office.
I did not know what to expect and, to be honest was a little disappointed with the two exhibitions, although the Information Desk worker did describe them as “mini exhibits” and she was not wrong.
Anatomy of a Suit was a video wall showing the video you can see on the link above, voiced over and starring the museum’s fashion creator Timothy Long. (Note, with the picture in my Sew on Trend article of Patrick Grant, that is two bearded men who like sewing in two posts. I am trending!) Timothy tells you of the composition of a suit, whilst briefly going over the history of the suit that was started in London as several dressmakers dummies flank the screen in dissected menswear.
I actually thought the exhibition was big, as I ventured along further to find more clothes, but alas they were for something else. The ANATOMY OF A SUIT was just the 3 minute video and the mannequins.
The MADE IN LONDON:JEWELLERY NOW mini exhibition was a little bigger and showcased the work of several of the capitol’s shining lights: Jordan Askill, Husam el Odeh, Noemi Klein, Imogen Belfield, Duffy, Rachel Boston and Frances Wadsworth-Jones. Each had a small area, their name and their inspiration or style listed and a jewellery case with examples of their work.
Husam el Odeh showed her workspace that included a dress made from watches. Her inspiration and jewellery fitting in well with my idea of recycling fashion.
Rachel Boston’s work felt like it was very organic. She is clearly inspired by the world of nature, as did Imogen Belfiel, who’s work looks like it is inspired by coral.
And Duffy’s work felt very Game of Thrones.
Although we did then get the all-important and always fashionable (thank you Mr McQueen) skulls.
And finally, and bizarrely, Francis Wadsworth-Jones and her “birdshit” brooches.
I was glad I went to the Museum of London, and their free exhibits are quite good. Would I recommend the Anatomy of a Suit and Made in London exhibits? Yes, if you have half hour to kill. It is right next to the cafe anyway and the rest of the museum is free too.