7/10/2013

You Spin Me Right Round

Dress by Igigi. Details below.
On Monday I was lucky enough to be invited to a private view of the V&A's new Club To Catwalk Exhibition.Knowing the sort of fashion crowd I was going to be walking with, I went through the biggest amount of wardrobe angst of my life before deciding to wear my beautiful green Igigi dress which had been given to me by a wonderful friend.

My wonderful dates for the evening - Howard and Lana.
I certainly made the right choice - I have never received so many compliments before, and felt confident that I really held my own in the style stakes. It was just as well as my dates (my wonderful boyfriend Howard and 80s icon Al Pillay) looked incredible and we met a long list of interesting people including Nick Rhodes, Pam Hog, Steve Strange, Zandra Rhodes, Sue Tilly, Toyah Wilcox and Patrick Cox. I was also lucky enough to chat at length with bespoke tailor extraordinaire, Mark Powell - a fascinating and dapper chap, and someone who has had suits commissioned by the likes of David Bowie.






The exhibition itself is brilliant, and I cannot wait to run back for a second look to fully take it in. It explores the creative and artistic looks from one of fashion's most experimental periods, with pieces from the likes of Betty Jackson, Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and more. It traces the thread between London's Blitz Kids from the club scene, and how they influenced the designers of the decade. It also seeks to celebrate the likes of Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery with specific segments for New Romantic, Goth, High Camp and Rave as well as enabling the viewer to step back into Blitz in the form of a dark room with pumping music and multiple screens showing footage from "back in the day".

Patrick Cox and Al Pillay.
Steve Strange with Al Pillay.
Toyah Wilcox and Al Pillay.
Myself, Al Pillay, Howard and Nadia in the V&A's #clubtocatwalk Twitter "Photobooth".
So what does a girl wear when her vintage wardrobe doesn't stretch to the 80s? It was time to pull out the corset and up the glamour factor as much as possible. The weather was against me as London is currently amidst a scorching heatwave but none the less, I donned a corset and heavy dress all in the name of fashion.

Dress by Igigi, bag by ASOS, belt from a vintage thrift store.
Roses in hair by Pearls and Swine, Emerald Parakeet Necklace by Tatty Devine, Black pointy ring by Tatty Devine, Crystal Kitty ring is a gift and the red and silver teardrop ring is from a vintage thrift shop in Brighton.
Because it was so hot, I kept my hair and make-up simple. Loose waves, gold eyes and red lips complimented the green of the dress and although I felt a little Christmassy, it worked in the setting of the exhibition and grounds. Underneath the dress I wore a Gok Wan Banger Booster Bra from Simply Be along with a corset from Neve Lingerie. As the dress had a very prominent high split to the side, I gave a nod to the 80s with my Black Fishnet Lace Top Hold Ups from Yours Clothing.

I had such an amazing evening, and cannot wait to pop back and see the exhibition again. It's one to spend time on to truly appreciate just how incredible the outfits are.

Club to Catwalk runs until 16th February, and you can find out all the information for it here.

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