‘A life in Pattern’ by Orla Kiely

I had the pleasure of attending a press day for ‘ A life in pattern ‘ by Orla Kiely exhibit at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London and I have to admit it was one of my favourites.

Orla Kiely ( pronounced Kylie ) completed her textile degree in her home country Ireland and later moved to London to complete her masters at the Royal College of Art, for her final show she displayed a range of hats which were purchased by harrods. She also designed for M&S and Habitat. Orla started designing handbags after her father pointed out to her that everyone had a handbag and not everyone wore a hat! Together with her husband they formed the Orla Kiely partnership. 

Today she holds a studio in Pimlico, her designs range from apparel, shoes, homewares, accessories, and of course bags. She is among the most influential designers and is inspired by the 60’s and 70’s.

She stated: ‘I sometimes think that my brain works in repeat, I love the order and repetition, and how anything and everything can be patterned in this way, as if you are looking at the world through a prism or kaleidoscope. It is something that is very beautiful and inspiring to me’  Quote from A life in Pattern.

The exhibition runs until 23rd September 2018, it is worth a view, showcasing an intimate story of her life, you will fall in love.

Girl crush; Marilyn Monroe

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I have just got back from the Proud Gallery in London to see rare photographs of the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe. The photos were taken by Milton H. Green.

Marilyn met Milton at a Look Magazine photo shoot in 1953, they formed a close bond and business partnership. The photographs capture her elegance, and innocence. You feel she is at ease with her pictures being taken by Milton.

If like me you want to add a touch a glamour to your day, the gallery is situated a short walk from Charing Cross station and there is no charge to see the exhibition.

Up Close with Marilyn is at Proud Gallery – 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP til 24th June 2018.

Missoni Exhibition

I had the pleasure of attending the press day of the new Missoni exhibition held at the Fashion and Textile Musuem in Bermondsey street. The family travelled from Italy to present their showcase. Their collection consisted of furnishing fabrics and fashion. The brands distinctive design has a sensational appeal that is instantly recognisable. With the family business running since the mid 50’s you can’t help but love that they have stuck to a quality ethic of producing luxury items from the beginning to the present day. 

The exhibition runs til 4th September at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Closed on Mondays.