Sunday, 31 March 2019

Nightmares And Dreams - Part Two

The following morning our alarms went off early - S and I had to get ready, whilst Mr.B, bless him, had volunteered to head over to the V&A museum to get in the queue for daily tickets.  It was still a long shot that we'd actually get any... but it was worth a try.

By 7.30am Mr.B had set off to South Kensington, and S and I tidied up the apartment and got ready.  That done, we caught a tube train down to Victoria, then it was just a short taxi ride over to the V&A, where we found a huge queue of well over two hundred people.  Luckily, Mr.B's early departure and stoic qualities in queue-sitting meant he was sixth from the front.  He was slightly pleased to see us as it meant he could actually go and find a toilet for some much-needed bladder relief.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Just before 10.00am a representative from the museum came out to tell us that there were only 120 tickets available.  I looked back at the long snaking queue behind us and thanked Mr.B again for his timely arrival - I doubted that we'd have had a chance if we turned up just after 9.00am as originally planned.

Tickets bought, and we were in the lobby of the stunning building.  With a short queue in front of is it gave a chance to have a quick look at a couple of exhibits - including a beautiful green and yellow glass-looking piece hanging in the main reception area.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - V&A museum, London.
We got to the main exhibition at 10.15am - our appointed time (only a certain number of people/tickets allowed at certain times to stop it getting too crowded).  Dior - Designer Of Dreams.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
We talk often about people changing the way the human world is viewed - artists and musicians, especially - think of Elvis, Bowie, The Beatles, Monet, Dylan, Beethoven, Carravagio... all challenged and changed the status quo.  Dior did similar... only in usable, wearable fashion.  After the Second World War, with Europe still in tatters, rationing across the continent (which would not end fully in Britain until 1954).  In the midst of this, Dior flamboyantly and bravely looked to a brighter future and unveiled his legendary 'New Look' style.

In the unglamourous post-war years, women were treated to tight, sexy jackets, figure-hugging pencil skirts and flowing full-bodied skirts that swirled sexily, high heels and glamorous gloves, sensual wide-brimmed hats that allowed a glimpse of dark eyes and red lips as the wearer coquettishly glances your way...

...it was a look into another world.  The original inspiration came from Dior seeing the shapes in an upturned tulip, with the sensous delights hidden beneath flowing petals.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior.
For the next hour I wandered around the truly breath-taking exhibition, beginning, appropriately, with that ground-breaking New Look collection.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
It also appeared Dior was quite a fan of the British and their style, (though what he'd make our the current style standards I'd hate to think...)

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
...enough to warrant a dress fit for a young Queen Elizabeth...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Queen Elizabeth's dress, Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
I continued on through the exhibition, the years moving forwards with each display.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Christian Dior himself sadly died young, in 1957, but his fashion house continued, under the talented hands of other designers, such as Yves St.Laurent in the early years and later the likes of John Galliano.

The next display offered up a very different collection.  More baroque, more flamboyance, and with a decidedly French 'Palace Of Versailles' opulence.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Style-wise it was... not the sort of thing to wear to the local bar, but the detailing and soft colours were exquisite.

The next room couldn't have been more different.  Dark, bright and almost garish colours, and echoes of a different past, from Africa, the Far East and South America.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Next up... the Garden Room.  What I'd seen so far had been amazing, but the full display and stunning efforts by the V&A team was astonishing.  A ceiling draped in the lavender colours and shapes of wisteria gave the room a magical feel.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Luckily, the clothing collection that sheltered under the beautiful display was not over-whelmed... even the miniature display.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Further on, the exhibition changed again, showcasing some of the Yves St.Laurent works for Dior.  Dior actually spotted St.Laurent as a young designer and saw that he was capable of great things, giving his fellow Frenchman his first break in the fashion world.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
The display from the Galliano stewardship was bright, brash and brave, with strong colours matching strong lines...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
The next room offered a very different aspect - mock-ups in plain white cloth, that showed the intricate cutting and design that goes into the final product.  There was an almost ethereal calm in the quiet, colour-free templates.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Following the white room came a long corridor, with one side devoted to a rainbow of accessories...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
 ...and the other to the various and numerous magazine covers that Dior's designs have graced...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
The last room offered and ever-changing lightscape with some of the latest selections from the Dior house...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
It was remarkable, a wonderful display from genuine artists and creators, with the last simple but beautiful word going to Dior himself...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Dior exhibition, V&A museum, London.
There was time left for lunch in South Kensington before heading back to Euston for our journey home.

A magical trip to London that I won't forget - the stuff dreams are made of, indeed.



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