Blogmas Day #20 | A Little London Outing Part I

So last week on Monday I decided to take myself off on a bit of a touristy day trip in London. It's something I used to do a lot pre-transplant but as I got more unwell I wasn't able to do it any more so it was a pretty big deal to go! As much as I love my friends and family I really do value time spent alone (fellow introverts hollaaaa) and it was probably the perfect day. London, museums and maybe a little shopping too...

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First up was the V&A museum. Lived in London all my life and had never been, totally mad considering my love of history and fashion! Plus it's free, apart from a few special exhibitions. I paid to see Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear (top pun skillz guys) and You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970, they were both well worth the money IMO.

For me underwear is just, well, underwear. I think I take it totally for granted that it's so easily accessible to us gals in the UK at all price points, like I just wear what I want, what I think is pretty and more importantly, what is comfy - the corsets of the past were just like literal torture devices (although they had Kim K style waist trainers that look equally insane, I think I am less bothered about a tiny waist as I am about being able to, y'know, breathe. Each to their own, ey?) I thought the exhibition was something a bit different as it's something you wear under clothes so as such has often been hidden from history so it was interesting to learn more about it. It was eye opening seeing how underwear can give the wearer a completely different silhouette and while the transformative aspect of it can be fun in fashion, I ain't gonna be putting on Spanx or waist trainers for no one! I did however love some of the more modern designs, like a dreamy set by Stella McCartney and they also had the Liza Bruce sheer cami dress that Kate Moss wore which was really cool to see. There were no photos allowed but here is a sneaky peek:

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This is on until March 2017 but if you manage to get there this week tickets are half price!

Next up was the Revolution exhibition and I have something somewhat controversial to say - I'm not really that wild about the 60's. I mean I get the fascination and it must have been so exciting but if I had the choice I'd go back to the 1920's for a day or so! Saying that, Revolution was cool, you got headphones with interviews and an awesome soundtrack as you explored the stuff on display. Most of it was too funky looking for my taste but I could see many things that would still be relevant now and I think the whole feel of the movement is very relatable today. I feel young people now are beginning to take off what they began if you get what I mean, although it's a real shame that 40 years later we are still faced with these same problems. However I do feel that social media is a huge game changer, we now have more access to events in the world than ever before and I think this is something that will lead to change for the better, as much as people like to slag it off.  Again, no photography was allowed but it's on until February 2017 and is very much worth a visit.

After that I explored the rest of the museum, there's so much to see but I have a feeling you may just be interested in the fashun, I took looooads of photos but here's the stuff that really caught my eye. The shoes, although completely impractical, were divine!

v&a victorian clothes
Well hai Mr Darcey!

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v&a museum vivenne westwood
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Dream Chanel outfit 👏

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What was interesting to me was that amongst these gorgeous vintage pieces by the likes of Elsa Schiaparelli and Dior there were also a few modern bits from places like Topshop dotted around, which got me thinking about my own wardrobe - I wonder if I own anything that will one day be considered as iconic as they are? The only thing I can think of is my Mulberry Bayswater (it's almost somewhat a National Treasure in Britain) and my Dicker boots are definitely a staple piece. Maybe my Barbour jacket as I can't really think of anything I own that's more British but other than that, I'm not too sure. Most of my closet is filled with fast fashion from the high street which is so readily available easily to the majority of us now (damn you ASOS app!) and while physically they may not stand the test of time some things will be etched in my brain forever. For example, this coat that gives me all the happy feels or my ever growing collection of trainers. This pink suit that I had the best night dancing away in with my family or the dress I wore on a fun night out with friends. They may not be worthy of a place in a museum but I guess you could say they'll always have a place in my heart!

But if this visit confirmed anything it's that fashion is reflective of the times, which is why I think it holds more importance than people think (although saying that I don't think a love of fashion ever needs to be justified - you can just enjoy something for the sheer pleasure of it!) An interest in fashion and history usually goes hand in hand but even if you're not keen on either of the two this is still a must place visit if you're in London. But if you're still failed to be impressed then you can always pop into the Natural History Museum next door to see the dinos ;-)

Have you ever been to the V&A? What modern classics do you think deserve a place in history? I would put Levis, Stan Smiths and Converse at the top of the list. In fact, I would so love to run a shoe museum, I'd be in actual heaven!


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