Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland's most successful designers - her stylised graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. This new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. Highlights include the original paper sketches for the trademark 'Stem' graphic, created in the 1990s, which has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars, plus prototypes for her early signature bags and the evolution of the iconic 'Pear' and 'Flower' designs. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer's world - how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. This exhibition is a must-see opportunity for anyone interested in the changing look of the 21st century environment. 

Playing Dress Up at Vivien of Holloway

Recently, I popped down to Vivien of Holloway's shop in North London to play dress up and shoot some outfits for their instagram page. It was a great day and I had a lot of fun hanging out with the lovely girls in the shop.

Style Muse: Jeannie Hopkirk

Jean "Jeannie" Hopkirk is a fictional character from the 1969 British TV series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Portrayed by Annette Andre, Jeannie is the widow of Marty Hopkirk who is murdered during an investigation at the start of the series. She carries on working for her husbands business partner Jeff Randall in the capacity of secretary and drives around London in a cool little red Mini. 

This series recently came to my attention after spotting it on UK TV channel True Entertainment and after one episode I was hooked. I just love the costumes and some of the sets (Randall has some rather fab orange curtains and matching bedspread in his flat), the acting is somewhat questionable but I find it really funny and very of its time. The show only ran for one series but they made 22 episodes so there's plenty to catch up on!


Up Close With Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene

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‘Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene’ is a new exhibition at Proud Galleries of rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe, captured by celebrated photographer Milton H. Greene. Milton photographed the versatile characters Marilyn performed for the camera, shooting the actress in 50 different settings resulting in an archive of over 3000 images. Projecting intimate vulnerability whilst commanding the attention of her audience, Marilyn’s ability to construct and control her public image reinforced her position as one of Hollywood’s most admired and publicised 1950s movie stars. The large-scale photographic prints included in this collection exhibit Marilyn in overwhelming detail, encapsulating the glamour, charisma and unique charm that contributed to her stratospheric success and enduring legacy.