Last week I popped over to the Fashion and Textile Museum to check out the Missoni Art Colour exhibition. I love Missoni prints and their use of colour, a friend of mine has an annoying habit of being able to find amazing Missoni scarves and kaftans in TK Maxx - she has all the luck!
The Fashion and Textile Museum is a great little place in Bermondsey and is one of my favourite museums in London. It's small so you only need to allow yourself an hour (or in my case 30 mins, I tend to whizz through exhibitions. I read it and move on, I do try to take my time though!). The exhibition explores the creative process of the Italian fashion house and the textiles of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in the context of 20th century fine art. It showcases over 60 years of fashion alongside paintings by leading 20th century European artists that have influenced Ottavio and Rosita (there are works by Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontanta and Gino Severini) and textile studies, paintings and Arazzi by Ottavio Missoni.
It is a great exhibition that celebrates a family firm that has become an international success by combining craft expertise, materials and the latest design trends. I loved the way it was set out and wanted to take all of the outfits home with me.
I may have come home with a little Missoni piece myself from the gift shop, ahem! (I love a gift shop).
Trousers - Vivien of Holloway, Knitted Top - Zara, Shoes - Ferragamo Vara, Bag - Mulberry Alexa
Afterwards I headed over to the Whitechapel gallery to see the Mary Heilmann exhibition which was also great. I had never been to the gallery before, despite walking past it all the time, it's free as well so there's no excuse not to go more often.