Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Frida Kahlo entrance

I remember my friends excitement when the Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition was first announced at the V&A - a few hours later we were booked on to view the exhibition within a week of it opening.  As a feminist icon, respected artist and an example of a strong woman there's no wonder the exhibition has attracted so many visitors.

The exhibition showcases her personal objects demonstrating exactly how closely her life and her art were infused. From her make up collection, to her wardrobe to prosthetic limbs and pregnancy scans, the exhibition shows how her story and struggles have influenced her work.

There are so many lessons that can be learnt from Frida's story. How she overcame many difficulties to do what she loved,  how she drew inspiration from her surroundings, how she embraced her own quirks, set her own style rules and was true to herself without worrying what others thought. 

It's a great exhibition, really thought provoking and shows a different side to the artist's work, as well as dealing with some very relevant issues in the present day. I'd really recommend a visit if you can bear fighting your way through the crowds. L

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up runs until the 4th November at the V&A. For tickets and information click here.

London Design Festival

THIS year was the first time I went along to the London Design Festival. Its runs annually for 9 days in September and showcases all different types of design at various locations across the city. I spend most of my weekend and evening after working, running around the city exploring as much as was possible. Here's some of my pics from the weekend. L

To find out more about the London Design Festival visit their website

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

WHEN you hear the name Cristóbal Balanciaga, most people can picture one of his modern, graphic shaped couture dresses. Known as the master of shape, the Spanish designer was famous for his exaggerated silhouettes, modern simplistic patterns and clever tailoring. Designers have been inspired by his work for many years with his designs still being classed as modern now, 45 years after his death.

 “His work is still so modern” Nicolas Ghesquiére

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A is a chance to see some of his original houte couture upclose. From his cutting patterns to his fitting techniques, it's a fascinating insight to the man behind the garment and some of his most iconic fashion designs. Upstairs in the exhibition there's a chance to see first hand how Balanciaga has inspired some of the most successful designers of today including the likes of Paco Rabane, Oscar de la Renta, Nicolas Ghesquiére, Hulbert De Givenchy, Issey Miyake and Gareth Pugh to name a few. Divided into sections to represent each of his particular design traits, it really gives you an idea of how he has contributed to shaping the future of fashion.

“He laid the foudations of modernity… entirely” Emanuel Ungara

Balanciaga was clearly a very influential designer and the impact he had on the fashion world has been phenomenal. I love how so many great designers have been inspired by his work. Not only have I gained a better understanding of his design style, technical abilities and creative process, I now find myself recognising particular Balenciaga design characteristics in todays fashion that he may of inspired. L

Left: Balanciaga dress, Right: Sybilla dress inspired by Balanciaga

Left: Balanciaga dress, Right: Sybilla dress inspired by Balanciaga

Balanciaga: Shaping Fashion is on at the V&A until February next year. For further information and tickets visit the V&A website.