Twenty four hours in London

Hollywood Costume

Took the super speedy Pendolino to London yesterday to catch up with friends and see the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A. The train pulled out of dreary, old Preston and entered a winter wonderland as it tore across snow covered England.

Euston in the snow

Snow had even settled in the capital so I headed for the warmth of the shops. I love the creative and artistic window displays at Liberty, this is where I spotted a rather stylish looking Pierrot in a pleated ruff.

Pierrot in Liberty Window Display

The displays were quite minimal, although stylish and tasteful.


On a totally different tip were the exotic, oriental displays at Harrods, a nod to the up and coming Chinese New Year and this season’s oriental influence on the catwalk. I was so pleased I saw this window display at night.

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Gorgeous long legged mannequins straddled illuminated tigers and Geisha girls posed by fire breathing dragons clad in luxurious designer clothing, a real visual feast.

Miu Miu glasses

I also spotted these Miu Miu sunglasses in Harrods window which were not too dissimilar to a Trussardi pair of Deidre Barlows I very nearly bought in TK Maxx last week. I am kicking myself just slightly.

Cakes in China Town Patisserie

Talking of Chinese New Year I snapped these cute looking cakes in a China Town patisserie, pandas, pigs and Hello Kitty dessert style!


As for photos from the V&A, I am sorry you will have to make do with the shot of Puck who watches over the V&A cloakroom. No cameras were allowed in the Hollywood Costume exhibition, what I can tell you is it contains…wait for it…the original costumes worn by De Niro in Taxi Driver, Harrison Ford in Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones, Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Glenn Close in 102 Dalmations, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Darth Vader costume was towering close to seven foot tall and the ballerina’s dress worn by Natalie Portman in Black Swan is tiny, ten year old child sized. We compared the sizes the costumes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven. There were over one hundred costumes spanning a century of cinema as well as video interviews with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorcese and costume designer Sandy Powell who has worked on many of Martin Scorcese’s films and costume designer Colleen Atwood who has collaborated many times with Tim Burton.

If you can’t make it to the V&A in London before the 27th January 2013, when the Hollywood Costume exhibition finishes, and you fancy reading up on these iconic costumes and their designers it maybe worth buying the beautifully designed Hollywood Costume book which accompanies the exhibition.



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