Sunday, 11 May 2014

My Favourites from the Met Gala

How many of you stayed up the other night, constantly refreshing twitter as the images dripped through from the Met Gala Ball Red Carpet?

Suki Waterhouse photo

Arizone Muse Photo
Blake Lively Photo
and for me, the winner had to be...

Taylor Swift Photo
Initially rather underwhelmd with the theme of White Tie and Diamonds, it did appeal to my sense of nostalgic romance with many a guest paying homage to Charles James.  I'm clearly an old romantic at heart, which seemed to come out when talking to Navaz (Disneyrollergirl) the other week with, my style as a stylist seems to come under the moniker of Modern Classic, Romantic and Pastoral. It might have something to with preferring the West Country to London, and I always feel more comfortable styling a Tim Walker esque, fantastical shoot. My projects always come back to a romantic yearning for the great outdoors whether it's flower topped wellies or practical outdoor embellishments. Anyway, enough about me...

Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast
Charles James: Beyond Fashion is a look back at the groundbreaking designer's work on ball gowns in the 1940s and 1950s, shaking off the mantle of the war years, where fabric had been at a premium and tight silhouettes were the order of the day to save money, James' voluminous yet mathematically structured ball gowns summed up the New Look of the day, alongside Dior's New Look Collection of 1947.

James approached the female form as an anatomical specimen, and aren't we the better for it!

More than ever, this has made me want to hop on a plane to NYC and drool over the exhibition's many sketches, fabric samples, technical drawings and, of course, the real thing!

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