Vikings – Life and Legend

As I’m sure many of you are aware, the British Museum has a new major exhibition called Vikings: Life and Legend kicking off tomorrow. This will, in fact, be their first major Viking show for over thirty years, which seems a tad surprising really when you consider the ongoing fascination with our marauding chums from across the waves. In fact, lots of us (probably including me as I am half Highlands Scot) probably have more than a dash of Viking blood flowing in our veins so I suppose you could say that they are more than a mere part of […]

Georgians: Dress for Polite Society

I had a real fashion history treat yesterday morning when I went off to Bath for the morning to take a look at the new Georgian exhibition at the Bath Fashion Museum, which is inspired by the town’s eighteenth century heyday when all the great and good gathered there en masse to take the ‘cure’, relax and have plenty of fun. The exhibition GEORGIANS: Dress for Polite Society, definitely manages to evoke just how gorgeously glittering such high society gatherings in Bath must have been, drawing as it does on the vast and rather wonderful collections of the Bath Fashion […]

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Wedding dress, Gladman & Womack (London), 1885. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London. As I’ve said before, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Victoria and Albert Museum BUT I think that even I might be tempted through their doors by the new upcoming exhibition about wedding dresses as I find a bit of bridal flounce almost impossible resist. Wedding dress, Paris, 1828. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London. ‘Trace the eternal fashion of the wedding dress and discover the most romantic, glamorous and iconic dresses from the last 200 years. This magical exhibition highlights exceptional craftsmanship […]

Royal Childhood at Buckingham Palace

Photograph of HM Queen Elizabeth II when Princess Elizabeth of York with Princess Margaret when Princess Margaret of York, with groom, c. 1933. Photo: Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On top of the exciting announcements about next year’s exhibitions at the Queens Galleries in London and Edinburgh, the Royal Collection have just announced that the 2014 special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will be ‘Royal Childhood’, which ‘will reflect on the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Royal Childhood tells the story of life as a young member of the royal family at Buckingham Palace, and will […]

Royal Collection 2014

The Royal Collection have just announced their programme of exhibitions for 2014 and I have to say it’s a bit exciting! First of all is the brilliant news that this year’s wonderful In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion will be moving to the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh from the 14th of March until the 20th of July. This is really excellent news as this was a truly outstanding exhibition that showcased some of the most powerful, sumptuous and gorgeous examples of sixteenth and seventeenth century royal portraiture and it really deserves […]

The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels

The Cheapside Hoard. Photo: Museum of London. Last Thursday, I was fortunate enough to spend the morning at Museum of London at the press preview for the superb new exhibition about the Cheapside Hoard – a hidden and rather mysterious stash of precious Tudor and Stuart jewellery. I almost didn’t make it actually as I had to get up at half past three in the morning to get there on time (particularly painful on my birthday!) and then got held up on the way with the result that it looked for a while like I might miss the whole thing. […]