Friday, 22 August 2014

CJ = Culture Junkie

Despite having a hectic workload of DIY house renovation and MA dissertation writing to do this summer (one of these projects is going better than the other... I think you can probably guess which one) I knew I would need some creative breaks and a chance to get out of the house.

Enter a little bit of culture through some speedy trips to some wonderful exhibitions. My trip to see the Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican had been on my 'to-go-see' list for ages so I happily combined it with a few errands over the East part of London.

Barbican - The Fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Wow, catchy title!! First of all I had no idea what to expect in terms of the size of the exhibition because I have never been to the Barbican art gallery before, but I was mightily impressed with the sheer volume of the garments on show.
The way the exhibition was displayed was creative and fun with a side helping of fetish and smut - just what you would expect from JPG himself!
Its running until the 25th August so you have a few days left to check out this french corset creating fashionista.

Here are a few photos of the exhibition split into categories:


Influences and muses

Beading and embroidery details

Fashion and Textiles Museum - Made in Mexico

Last night I met a friend at the Fashion and Textiles Museum to see the Made in Mexico exhibition - I got a great deal on Amazon Local for a reduced entrance ticket price of £7 AND a free hot drink voucher to use at the lovely little tea-room in the museum. If you want to see this exhibition you have until the 31st August to catch it!

I knew the exhibition would be compact - the FTM is quite small - but it packed a great punch; with lots of colour and different styles of exhibit ranging from garments, textiles, weaving, embroidery and artefacts. The upper level of the museum was dedicated to more contemporary work that has been influenced or inspired by Mexican culture.

Here are some images from Made in Mexico exhibition:

I loved the colours and vibrancy of the Made in Mexico exhibition.
Have you been to any inspiring exhibitions recently?


  1. So much inspiration in one post! The details on the Gaultier work are really something to admire but what really gets me are those vibrant colours from the made in Mexico exhibit! I am all about bold colour too :D

    1. Yes I thought the vibrancy and boldness of the Made in Mexico exhibition very inspiring too!

  2. Wow, lots of statement pieces here! Was there anything you were particularly inspired by?
    Not sewing related, but I enjoyed the Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery recently, I love all the variety in styles and the different emotions they invoke.

  3. I loved the amazing details and embroidery on the JPG dresses - on the written details about each garment they listed the hours it took to create each item - some of them were in the 1,000's!!
    The colours of the Made in Mexico were what really stood out for me.