Idols and Illusions Exhibition at RWA Bristol

Gawping at photos of celebs dressed to the nines for big events has never been my thing – this may be controversial, but I think it’s actually pretty easy to look good at a glitzy bash. After all, the stars spend bundles of cash and dedicate goodness knows how many hours to looking swish for these things, so they bloomin’ well should look their best. That, to me, isn’t what style is all about. What really interests me is celebrities who look chic off-duty – those who still look ultra cool even when they haven’t done all the preening, primping, styling and general beautifying that goes on before a star-studded awards ceremony. Continue reading “Idols and Illusions Exhibition at RWA Bristol”


A Life In Fashion at Bath Fashion Museum

Good news for fashion fans in the South West who haven’t yet managed to catch the Bellville Sassoon exhibition in London – a similar and equally fabulous display is coming to Bath Fashion Museum later this month. Continue reading “A Life In Fashion at Bath Fashion Museum”

Georgian Style at Bath Fashion Museum

Have you seen the Fifty Fabulous Frocks exhibition at Bath Fashion Museum? If so, you probably can’t wait to find out what’s next on the museum’s agenda (and if not, you really should go and see it). Those of us looking forward to finding out what wonderful display the Fashion Museum team will pull out of the bag next need wait no longer, as they have revealed that an exhibition on Georgian fashion will open early next year. Continue reading “Georgian Style at Bath Fashion Museum”

Bellville Sassoon Exhibition at FTM

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Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Diana, Princess of Wales; all of these stars are known for their style, grace, glamour and elegance, and all of them have been dressed by Bellville Sassoon. The British couture label has been synonymous with high-end fashion for over 50 years and was founded by Belinda Bellville in 1953, with David Sassoon joining the company in 1970. It is one of the only labels to have designed for every member of the royal family (except the Queen) and has long been a favourite of some of the world’s most stylish women. 

The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon exhibition, which opens on 20th September at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, will feature 150 creations spanning six fabulous decades. The display will also show sketches of dresses made for one of the label’s most famous clients, Diana, Princess of Wales, which feature annotations made by the Princess herself. It will also explore the influence of ready-to-wear and Vogue patterns.

To find out more and book tickets, visit the Fashion and Textile Museum website. An evening with the man himself, David Sassoon – which will feature a talk on couture and ready-to-wear fashion over the past 40 years, as well as a book signing – is also taking place on 24th October. Spaces are limited, so it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Laura Ashley Exhibition Launch

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine exhibition at Bath Fashion Museum, which opened with a wonderfully witty and informative speech by Felicity Green OBE, former fashion editor at the Daily Mirror, who, during the 1970s, astutely described the brand’s look as being one of ‘soft-core femininity’ and ‘Victorian type demureness’. Continue reading “Laura Ashley Exhibition Launch”