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Dictionary of Dress

April 25, 2010

Back in London for a few weeks and took a break from my dissertation to visit ‘The Concise Dictionary of Dress’ installation at Blythe House, which is the V&A Museum’s depository and not normally open to the public. In between my first Pimm’s of the year (a far more effective way to judge the seasons than any weather forecast) and a lot of air kissing (what is it about the art world? I know nobody wants to smudge their lipgloss but come on…), we were taken on a tour of the building and shown eleven exhibits – including original 20’s Chanel and an amazing if unwearable Junya Watanabe creation – cunningly secreted in various areas of the archive. Beginning on the roof and ending in a coal cellar, it’s a walk-through dictionary of clothing described in terms of definitions created by a psychoanalyst and interpreted by a fashion curator.

I don’t want to spend too much time analysing the project as it’s meaningless to people who haven’t been (if you wish to do so, though, and if you’re in London I’d advise checking it out, you can find more information here). But I am intrigued by, and delighting in, is the blurring of boundaries between art, theatre and fashion. This afternoon was somehow an exhibition and a fashion show and a theatrical experience all rolled into one; and if you’re interested in any of those, then on a lazy Sunday you could do a lot worse.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2010 11:16 pm

    ooh looks interesting
    loving your blog
    great posts!
    stop by some time xx

  2. April 26, 2010 4:09 am

    this sounds like such a unique and intriguing exhibition! I’ve been toying with the idea of popping up to London this week and this increases the urge..

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment by the way, I wanted to thank you for leaving a comment after lurking! It’s always nice to hear from readers who don’t usually comment. (I know I’m awful at commenting!) And best of luck with the blog by the way. x

  3. April 28, 2010 12:50 am

    love your blog, great inspiration!
    thanks for sharing, love it


  4. April 29, 2010 8:27 pm

    Sounds awesome!! You’re so lucky!!!

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