Monday, 28 July 2014

The V & A, London & the wonders of the "Members' Room"

My trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, was brilliant, as always..... everytime I go, I wonder why I don't go more often - it is a warren full of rooms of delight.
Me and my chum started our day with a visit to the mysterious V & A Members' Only Room.... It was hidden on level 4 in the glass exhibition. The lounge was light, spacious and airy, and we had two attendants to ourselves serving refreshments..... Wonderful sofas to sit on and huge exhibition books to browse through - I felt very decadent sitting there having my cream tea.
We had plans to visit the 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014' exhibition before it's season finished. It did not disappoint.... couture gowns, tailoring, shoes, accessories and even Elizabeth Taylor Bulgari emerald jewels. Absolute heaven.
... Then onto the exhibition 'Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014' - beads, lace, embroidery, exquisite buttons and shoes. The style of dresses changed throughout the centuries, resulting in display of classic white and ivory wedding dresses through to the garment worn by the Duchess of Cornwall when she married Prince Charles (a long dress and over coat with hair detail).... into colourful garments....  a purple Vivienne Westwood dress worn by Dita Von Teese, and a John Galliano dress for Gwen Stefani
Unfortunately photography wasn't allowed in the two exhibitions, but I did collect some other images that captured the flavour of the day.

Members' Room - you can see the reflection of the glass balustrade to the upper glass gallery
Members' Room
Cream tea

The hot weather brought lots of happy children playing in the pool

You can just see the purple wedding dress worn by Dita Von Teese

....  A little inspiration from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London  ....

Glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly hangs from the dome over the entrance

I fell in love with this 'Mother and Child' by Sir George Frampton
The child playing with its fingers and the detail in the child's robe, really capture a moment in time.

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