To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum opening its doors, fashion legend Zandra Rhodes has just opened Zandra Rhodes: Unseen – a collection of the work that has influenced the fashion industry for more than 50 years.
On display are her beautifully designed dresses, illustrations and patterns that inspired her work. If you ever wanted to figure out her creative process, here’s the place to do it! There’s a mixture of her well known collections, as well as little gems you may not have seen before.
We especially loved her Sketchbook Dresses, the designs of which were taken directly from her own sketchbooks.
On display around the exhibition are also the winning designs from the 5th Annual Student Wallpaper Competition.
The exhibition is open 11am to 6pm on Tues-Sat and runs until the 31st August. Entry is £8 or £5.50 for concessions.
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Cellardoor spent a sunny afternoon (rare, we know!) at Somerset House recently, taking in the artistic genius of Erwin Blumenfeld.
Throughout a prolific career spanning 35 years, Blumenfeld became one of the most influential and highly paid photographers of the twentieth century. He shot more Vogue covers than any other photographer in history and was renowned for his experimental techniques and imaginative imagery.
The exhibition focuses on his fashion photography from the 1940s and 1950s including his long running collaborations with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. It also showcases some of his celebrity portraiture, advertising campaigns and war effort propaganda. Blumenfeld’s innovative methods demonstrate his desire to instil artistic significance into photography and subsequently helped define the look of a generation.
The exhibition runs until the 1st September 2013 and is definitely worth checking out!
Words and images by Cheryl Maguire.
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Roll up, roll up! Fancy injecting some circus themed fun into your weekend, of course you do! Well you’re in luck, as this Saturday The Ric Rac Club
is holding it’s very own forties themed circus party!
Located at their new home at the Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker, you can expect DJ sets, cocktails and a performance from acclaimed contortion artist, Stefanie Valentine – it’s the perfect way to spend your weekend!
Pre sale tickets are £6 (plus booking fee) and are available from here
… sequins, feathers and showgirl encouraged!
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Whilst we’re all (impatiently) waiting for spring to finally show itself, why not keep in the warm this weekend by heading over to the Frock Me! Vintage fashion fair at Chelsea Town Hall?
It’s a great place to score some great vintage pieces and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with everyone from fashion students and models to A Listers (Yoko Ono, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl are just some of the celebs to have been spotted having a rummage!).
After a hard day’s searching you can even reward yourself with a cuppa from the pop up vintage tea room set up by Brighton’s Blackbird Tea Rooms
. The perfect end to any shopping trip!
See more event details here
The long-anticipated Hitchcock film starring Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins is released next Friday and if you want to get your fix of Hitchcock to whet your appetite then head over to The Phoenix Cinema
in East Finchley on Sunday to catch a double bill of two of his biggest movies.
The cinema will be showing The Birds, starring Tippi Hedren as a woman who moves to a seaside town and is terrorised by birds, and Rear Window, which stars Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly in the story of a wheelchair-bound photographer who believes he has witnessed a murder.
Screening starts from 1.30pm and tickets are between £7-£9.50. Click here
for more details.
We’ve been waiting very patiently for the arrival of the Chanel exhibition to land at the Saatchi gallery
, and this weekend we’ll finally popping along to celebrate the iconic Chanel jacket.
The Little Black Jacket exhibition
, which includes 113 portraits photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, features the likes of Anna Wintour to Kanye West all wearing the timeless garment – in their own unique style!
The exhibition is here until October 28th and it’s completely free… we’ll see you at the front!
The cinema industry just isn’t what it used to be, is it? What was once an exciting, magical experience has, for many, become a bit of a let down with regards to seating (uncomfortable) and food (stale popcorn and hot dogs? No thanks). And with films becoming so accessible online and on DVD so soon after the film’s initial release, it’s no wonder film-lovers are reluctant to spend their money on such a miserable experience. It’s about time someone shook up this industry to make it something cinema goers want to get involved with!
Well luckily, a couple of cinemas out there have done just that. The Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch and The Lounge at Odeon Whiteley’s have gone the extra mile and a half to bring something new to cinema.
The Aubin is located in the basement of the Aubin and Wills store on Redchurch Street, and offers comfy sofas and cushions, and blankets and a footstool for added comfort, and the cinema only seats 45 people which adds to the intimate environment in which to enjoy your film. The small cinema bar offers a wide range or beers wines and spirits, and the wine cooler by your seat will keep your white wine cold for the duration of the film.
The Lounge offers a somewhat move lavish and personal experience. The entrance to the cinema is via mirrored staircase, which opens into a luxurious bar akin to that of a 5 star hotel. The concierge takes you to your fully automated reclining seat where he will then take your order for food and drinks. But gone are stale popcorn and drinks in plastic cups, The Lounge offers gourmet dishes such as fried calamari and thai dressing or a passionfruit cheesecake, and a wide selection of wines, beers and cocktails. And don’t worry about having to rest your drink in a cup holder or balancing food on your lap as tables are provided. All the food is designed to be easy to eat while enjoying a film – the majority of items are finger food or can be eaten with a fork or spoon.
Needless to say, the only bad thing about either of these cinemas is having to get up and go home!
By Eve Hegarty
Now the Olympics has finally arrived we’ve come over all active here at Cellardoor HQ. Now, we don’t mean we’ll be running a marathon this weekend – sweaty is not really a good look is it? But this weekend you’ll probably find us down at the Vintage Style Ride
On Sunday, vintage-lovers and retro cycle-enthusiasts will be parading down Exhibition Road, but you won’t find any lycra shorts here! Don’t worry if you’re without two wheels – you can borrow a vintage Pashley from Tally Ho! Cycle Tours
so you can join in on the action!
So dress up in your favourite vintage outfit, hop on your bike and we’ll see you there!
We’ve definitely got that Friday feeling at Cellardoor HQ today, we’re so glad it’s finally the weekend! With two lazy days stretched out ahead of us we’ll be putting this cute DIY from Oh Happy Day
at the top of our to do list.
Like you, we’ve just about had enough of this rain so maybe these summery lights can help tempt the sunshine back? All you need are some fairy lights and some colourful cupcake cases. Easy!
Step 1: To make leaves – fold a small cupcake paper in half 2 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut a leaf shape.
Step 2: To make an 8-petal flower – fold a small cupcake paper in half 3 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.
Step 3: To make a 16-petal flower – fold a large cupcake paper in half 4 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.
Step 4: Cut a small X in the center of each paper.
Step 5: Layer cupcake papers onto each lightbulb to make flowers.
She’s probably best known for her marriage to Beatle, John Lennon, but Yoko Ono is also a successful artist in her own right. We’re excited to head down to the Serpentine Gallery this weekend to check out the retrospective, To the Light, which celebrates her five decade career!