Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jewellry And Accessories at The Victoria & Albert Museum

Famously curated by fashion photographer Cecil Beaton in 1971, an exhibition of 1,200 twentieth-century high fashion garments and accessories worn by some of the world most famous women was presented. Displaying garments worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Lee Radizwell, and Gloria Guiness, the exhibition turned out to one quite well received by London society. Consequently, Beaton chose to donate the entire exhibition to the permanent holdings of V&A, providing the catalogue with some famous pieces of apparel.

Located south of Kensington Park down Exhibition Road, the V&A was actually found in 1852 during the reign of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. Though the costume division wouldn't be open until 1913 - twelve years after the death of Britain's longest reigning monarch - it was born out a large donation by the department store, Harrods. Called Talbot Hughes collection and comprising no less than 1,442 different articles of clothing, the most prized item out of this holding is the wedding suit worn by James II in 1660.

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For any "dedicated follower of fashion," a visit to the catalogue of the The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is a must. A collection of dress dating as far back as the seventeenth century, the V&A carries a venerable wardrobe of every variety of garment and apparel that has ever been stylish. One will notice that taste does not necessarily apply here. From nineteenth-century undergarments and worn shoes to the highest of platform heels by London-punk-cum-designer Vivienne Westwood, the V&A celebrates fashion of all different styles. A definite must-see for any taste-maker, fashionista, or savant when staying at the {Waldorf hotel London}.

Interspersed between eighteenth-century jackets, visitors to the Waldorf hotel London will find creations by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino Garavani, Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga and Coco Chanel. Masterpieces in the art of tailoring and haute couture, guests staying at the Waldorf London are likely to recognize many iconic pieces of dress when viewing the V&A collection.

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