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Quadrophenia – 1964 is back for February 2016 in London

Relive the sights and sounds of 1964 as British movie classic Quadrophenia‘s full on theatrical performance takes place at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 11 February 2016.

The cinematic presentation is sure to plunge mod fans young and old into the sights and sounds of the swinging sixties, capturing the spirit of an era that fuelled a cultural revolution.

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Original cast from the 1979 original film will star in this special performance at Hammersmith Apollo in London, England

Many of the original film’s key stars will be taking part in the event including the star of the film, 1960’s Mod teenager Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels).  Joining Daniels will be other major names from the cast including Phil Davis (Chalky), Mark Wingett (Dave), Toyah Wilcox (Monkey), Trevor Laird (Ferdy), Garry Cooper (Peter) and Daniel Peacock (Danny).

Director Franc Roddam and cast are set to share their memories in a special one off Q&A to start off the night.

Quadrophenia: the day the Mods rocked Brighton

The original film was based on The Who’s double-album  released six years earlier in 1973.  The all-important sounds of the day will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who.

An exclusive VIP after party with appearances from all the Q&A special guests, plus memorabilia including original Vespas and their real life Mod owners comes as the grand finale on this event.  Prizes for the best dressed mods!

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The Mod era has been a source of fascination and inspirations for generations – its fashion and music continue to resonate today.

Purchase your tickets for this unforgettable night here.

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by Cynthia Gregoire

John Galliano: Master of Couture at Vogue Festival London

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Day 2 closing talk at London’s Vogue Festial
English master designer and couturer John Galliano was the final talk in a two day fashion loaded Vogue Festival held in London.  Galliano finally sat down with Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman (she had asked him last year to be a guest to which he declined) to talk about all things fashion, creativity, and of course his newest position as creative director for Maison Martin Margiela.

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Some pieces from Galliano’s latest Mason Martin Margiela’s Haute Couture Show 2015
Galliano was soft-spoken, relaxed and at ease with the crowd.  He opened the talk reminiscing about the days at Central Saint Martins where he first attended in 1983 to complete a foundation degree.  He seemed to enjoy the fact that courses then were less compartmentalised than they are now, allowing Galliano to try his hand at many different things before settling on design such as film, painting and graphic design.  Galliano’s love of design first came from his love of fashion illustration.

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Galliano explains to Schulman and crowd his creative process
“I worked in quite an organic way.” John said with smiling eyes and his long blond hair pulled back into a sleek ponytail.  “I still like to work from a narrative.”  Explaining how he starts the creative process, Galliano starts with a few silhouette lines drawn on paper and continues on to a real-life mannequin with draping fabric, and then goes back to drawing.  Sometimes he plays different kinds of music, depending on his mood.

Galliano revealed the skirt portion of this piece is actually part of a man's jacket
Galliano revealed the skirt portion of this piece is actually part of a man’s jacket
The talk continued to be very interactive and intimate as John stood up with Alexandra and talked about his different creations from his first Margiela show.  The crowd responded with audible gasps as John revealed some “secrets” of his design, such as the man’s red coat used to make the skirt of one of his one-off creations, a red wedding dress with a collection of 30’s and 40’s jewellery and random objects Galliano had collected during his 4 year hiatus from fashion.  “It was my intention to present this as my kind of embroidery.”

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John Galliano’s “embroidery” consisting of items collected from his 4 year hiatus from the fashion industry

The creative "marriage" of John Galliano with Mason Martin Margiela - as expressed with items Galliano collected
The creative “marriage” of John Galliano with Mason Martin Margiela – as expressed with items Galliano collected
“I wanted to know what it felt like to wear Margiela today”  Playing with the idea of lining, he was inspired and showed the crowd a slip dress piece from the ready-to-wear collection inspired from his couture collection.  “The slip dress or top can be worn and the jacket just thrown back, yet still attached, I hope to have gotten people thinking….”  When questioned to his choice of using the colour red, John described it as “a shaft of light” and pointed out another intentional use of design in a 18th century cuff effect that was achieved by the person wearing the coat to put their hand through the slit in the jacket.

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Sleeve can be placed into slit on side of jacket to simulate an 18th century cuff
Coming to the white mannequin in the centre, John describes how the piece was actually a toile that he wanted to show as a “frozen moment of creation” in the creative process.

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“I love making a women look beautiful.  That’s my goal.”  When asked how working with Kate Moss with design her wedding dress was, John lit up “It was a magical experience.  It was all done undercover and in secret for the most part…or we tried to be anyway, especially in the beginning”

John mentioned how he is grateful for his friend Kate Moss sticking by him
John mentioned how he is grateful for his friend Kate Moss sticking by him
Schulman then addressed some questions from the crowd, including what qualities does John think a young aspiring designer should have and the types of people Galliano would hire to work in his atelier.  Galliano described how he loves working with clients, alongside his workers of the atelier, some of which joined him from Christian Dior and his own brand John Galliano from over 20 years ago.  “It was a lovely family reunion” John said, smiling brightly.

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“Passion.  Strong belief in yourself.  Surround yourself with strong people, especially at the beginning of your career.”

“As for hiring people, its an energy….a feeling I get.  Someone who looks me in the eye.  The team is small and tight and I’m happy with that”

by Cynthia Gregoire

 

 

London Exhibition: Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty

Savage Beauty, the biggest retrospective to date on the life and works of Alexander McQueen opens it’s doors at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

“The collections at the V & A never fail to intrigue and inspire me. The nation is privileged to have access to such a resource…its the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight.” – Alexander McQueen

Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997.  ©Marc Hom/Trunk Archive
Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997. ©Marc Hom/Trunk Archive

 

The exhibition has been greatly extended from the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art display, with the addition of 66 new items never seen before including McQueen’s earlier works.

Photo credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

 

Interview and exhibition preview with Senior Research assistant Kate Bethune on the curation of the much anticipated retrospective “Savage Beauty”, showcasing the biggest collection of artefacts from legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

 

The exhibition is divided into 10 themed rooms, each with their own story and atmosphere.

 

1.London: “The first part of the exhibition focuses on the time before McQueen was famous”, senior researcher Kate Bethune said. 3 consecutive collections “The Birds”, “Highland Rape”, and “The Hunger” are featured along with 10 garments that have not been seen since the original catwalk shows.

Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Savage Mind – McQueen was an innovative designer, that’s what made him so great. This section focuses on what was to become McQueen’s signature silhouettes due to his innovative cutting techniques, including the famous “bumster trousers”
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Romantic Gothic – Pieces from McQueen’s unfinished collection can be found in this section, along with many pieces with references to romantic gothic tradition.
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum

 

4.Romantic Primitivism – “McQueen was a bird and nature lover, he scuba dives, etc”. In this section McQueen’s fascination with the outside world and the inspiration he drew from animals can be found here. Garments include those made with horns and hair and skins.

Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Romantic Nationalism – Celebrating his Scottish ancestry, the pieces is this section are steeped in tradition, ancestry and colonial past of McQueen’s forefathers.

 

  1. The Cabinet of Curiosities – the major showpiece of the exhibition, this massive room is presented in a double-height gallery style showcasing over 120 garments and accessories, many of which are collaborations
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Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Pepper’s Ghost – Kate Moss appears as in the finale of “The Widows of Culloden” collection

 

  1. Romantic Exoticism – McQueen drew much inspiration from Eastern cultures, and this section showcases pieces with inspiration drawn from traditional Japanese dress forms such as the kimono along with decorative motifs like the chrysanthemum.

 

Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
  1. Romantic Naturalism – represents McQueen’s lifelong passion for nature, and the inspiration he drew from its beauty and fragility.
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Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Plato’s Atlantis – the finale of the exhibition comes from what is widely regarded as McQueen’s greatest achievement. The collection has a futuristic theme fused together with McQueen’s love of nature.
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

 

Open to the public March 14 – August 2, 2015.

by Cynthia Gregoire