Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What Helen Wore: Savage Beauty at the V&A

What Helen Wore, Scottish Blogger, red head, ginger, pink hair, leopard print glasses, vintage cowgirl jacket, Hayley Scanlan polka dot dress, flat red shoes from Dorothy Perkins, DIY googly eye bag, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, Alexander McQueen echibition, Savage Beauty What Helen Wore, Scottish Blogger, red head, ginger, pink hair, leopard print glasses, vintage cowgirl jacket, Hayley Scanlan polka dot dress, flat red shoes from Dorothy Perkins, DIY googly eye bag, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, Alexander McQueen echibition, Savage Beauty
What Helen Wore, Scottish Blogger, red head, ginger, pink hair, leopard print glasses, vintage cowgirl jacket, Hayley Scanlan polka dot dress, flat red shoes from Dorothy Perkins, DIY googly eye bag, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, Alexander McQueen echibition, Savage Beauty What Helen Wore, Scottish Blogger, red head, ginger, pink hair, leopard print glasses, vintage cowgirl jacket, Hayley Scanlan polka dot dress, flat red shoes from Dorothy Perkins, DIY googly eye bag, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, Alexander McQueen echibition, Savage Beauty

Jacket | Neuk Vintage
Top | Hayley Scanlan
Skirt | borrowed from my sister
 Bag | DIY
Shoes | Dorothy Perkins
Glasses | Spex Pistols

Our trip down to London was primarily to attend Blogtacular but one other thing that was right up there on my agenda was visiting the Alexander McQueen exhibition - Savage Beauty. He was my designer of choice for an art project in secondary school and I have loved his macabre designs ever since.

The exhibition spans McQueen's short but full career, from his MA graduate work, right up to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection. It's an extremely comprehensive and in depth look of the evolution of the designer across his collections. The curation was amazing, with each room more atmospheric than the last. Music, mannequins and decor added to the pieces on show without ever over shadowing them and each set up felt like a showstopper. I could have spent all day in the Cabinet of Curiosities, watching the fashion shows and catching each garment and accessory from as many different angles as possible. I would have said it was my favourite room until I reached the final section of the show. A stark white space with a giant screen and futuristic silver mannequins showing pieces from Plato’s Atlantis. This collection seemed to be the culmination of a silhouette and idea that McQueen had been playing with throughout his previous collections, beautifully realised in a formidable look at future fashion. The fact that such a creative talent is no longer with us gave the whole thing a poignant edge. Who knew a fashion exhibition had the power to get me teary!

What Helen Wore, Scottish Blogger, red head, ginger, pink hair, leopard print glasses, vintage cowgirl jacket, Hayley Scanlan polka dot dress, flat red shoes from Dorothy Perkins, DIY googly eye bag, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, Alexander McQueen echibition, Savage Beauty
What Helen Wore, Scottish Blogger, red head, ginger, pink hair, leopard print glasses, vintage cowgirl jacket, Hayley Scanlan polka dot dress, flat red shoes from Dorothy Perkins, DIY googly eye bag, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, Alexander McQueen echibition, Savage Beauty

My outfit wasn't nearly as spectacular as the pieces displayed in the exhibition but that was never going to happen. I did try my best, creating my own particular silhouette that I like to call - cowgirl ballerina. I have been wearing this cowgirl jacket A LOT since I bought it but it seems to have escaped the photographic lens until now. It's a great way to make a casual outfit more fun. Who doesn't love a bit of fringing! I had to rep some Dundee design down in London town and this Hayley Scanlan top/ dress is a favourite of mine. The light fabric really helped against the London heat. This day was hot! Hence my hair up, skirt on approach in an attempt to keep cool. This Scottish lass isn't used to such temperatures!

My new Spex Pistols glasses also made an appearance. They seem to be becoming my special occasion specs as I'm yet to wear them to work. A part of me wants to only wear them on fun days. Also, I still love my faithful Ray-Bans so they still spend quite a bit of time on my face. Maybe a different pair for every day of the week would help me even out my glasses wearing. 


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