Quilty Pleasures and 60’s Sex Ed

I’m really rather excited about the Quilts: 1700-2010 exhibition at the V&A. I could act all cool and say that I’m dying to catch another glimpse of Tracey Emin’s subversive stitching (partly true) but, in reality, I’m actually starting to get that feeling that making a quilt myself would be a pretty nifty little craft project and I’d like to get some inspiration! Perhaps I’m turning into my mother faster than I thought…?

Whilst I try to figure out when to make  my visit, the Quilty Pleasures window display at Liberty is tiding me over until I get to see the real thing. Created by the likes of  Karen NicolLou Gardiner and Amanda Fatherazi, these sheets are more than a little bit saucy; depicting sexual poses and acts.

What really caught my eye, though, was this one mannequin forcing a sheet of paper up against the window. The words are apparently taken from a sex education textbook for school girls printed in the UK in the early 1960’s. It’s wonderful stuff, so I just had to share it!

Call me a deviant, if you will, but I thought sex education was supposed to educate you about sex, not bedtime etiquette!

All I can say is; Thank goodness we’ve moved on to an age where I can shock my partner with a face full of beauty cream before bed, hog the bathroom  so that he can be reminded of his busy work commute (since only he works, natch!), AND not have to submit (Obey! FFS!) to his advances if I’m not in the mood. The things we take for granted, eh!?

Quilts:1700-2010 is open at the V&A until the 4th of July.

First image from the Liberty Blog (via Fashion156 blog), other photos by Sarah Barnes.

By: Sarah Barnes, 07.04.2010 | Comments (2)
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Erdem ‘Fashion in Motion’ at the V&A

Back in December I went along to the V&A to indulge my eyes on the exquisite creations of Erdem Moragliou. The Canadian born designer’s catwalk show was part of the museum’s Fashion in Motion series, which brings couture out to play for the paying public.

I’ve salivated over Erdem’s collections for a while now, but have never been lucky enough to see his work up close and personal. In the beautiful surroundings of the V&A’s Raphael gallery, Erdem’s fantastic prints and embroideries (a mixture of Monet and magic eye pictures, of saturated English rose gardens and psychedelic Kimono embellishments) were even more eye-popping than I’d anticipated. Being so close to the pieces gave a new appreciation for the cut, structure and flow of each garment. This event really brought home the fact that, until you’ve seen a garment being worn – until you’ve seen it moving – you’re only seeing half the picture. Let’s just say, if I was an Erdem admirer before, I was a full-blown super fan afterwards!

A little bird has told me that the next Fashion in Motion event won’t be taking place until April at the earliest… and yet, already, I can’t wait. For those who view fashion as an art form, there really is no better way to expand your understanding of couture than to see it gliding down a catwalk. And, since it’s only a chosen few who can take their seats at the fashion week shows, we should be especially thankful that the V&A brings this opportunity to the non-fashion-pack people.

(Illustrations by Sarah Barnes – You can see the official V&A photographs of the show here)

By: Sarah Barnes, 21.01.2010 | Comments (0)
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