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I went up to the Victoria & Albert museum to see the Ballgowns exhibition. It was Gorgeous! It was interesting to see which dresses immediately caught my eye. It was also interesting to see how different dresses look when they're on a lifeless manequin, rather than an actual living moving person.

But it was just as lovely to see the straight Fashion exhibit, which goes through historical dress, from the 1700s to date. Seeing the detail, the intricacy of the decoration of some of those gowns. There was a delightful early 1800s Jane Austen era Walking Dress, in a gorgeous lilac colour, that was incredibly ornate. There were layered faux bows, there was piping, there was tucking, there were little silk bobbles, there were silk tassels... It's as though the thought "that's enough now" just never occurred to anyone involved in its making! And this was just a dress to go walking in... And I loved the intensity of the new Victorian dyes, in deep vivid green, in cerise. And all the fabulous New Look frocks were beautiful. So many beautiful things...

I should visit the V&A more- you could spend all day there and only see a tiny fraction of what they've got on show. It's an amazing place! I have one major problem with museums, which is that I always want to touch the exhibits. Some of them are just crying out to be touched, stroked, caressed.

On my own frockular creation, I did a load more train beading. I think tomorrow should see the last of the dress edge-beading, and I should be able to move on to adding the dangles, which is way more fun.


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Sep. 15th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
DEFINITELY on my list on the London trip.

(when I'll be there... http://www.loncon3.org/)
Sep. 15th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
Wow, that's some serious forward planning!
Sep. 15th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
V&A has gone on my list of "reasons we should move to London".
Sep. 15th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
I adore the V&A - I haven't even made it to the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries yet. Must save my pennies for a London trip
Sep. 15th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
whhaaa wanna see tooo.
Sep. 16th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
I love that museum. I wish I'd spent more time there. I worked in the Natural History Museum for about nine months back in The 90s and would periodically visit the V&A... but not enough!

Does it still have that Indian colonial-period wooden tiger killing a British soldier? That was hardcore. It's the only thing I remember in there apart from dresses, jewels and textiles. Oh, and gorgeous wall tiles. Sigh.....
Sep. 16th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
This one?

I didn't see it this time, because we didn't go anywhere near the Indian section, just through some of the far-eastern section, with lots of buddhas.
Sep. 16th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)

Apparently when it still worked it made growling and screaming noises.

LOL Indian sense of humour.
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