Amazing exhibitions to inspire us all!

Be Inspired by Fashion Illustration
Considering our modern day hectic lifestyle and wide variety of hi-tech entertainment, it's quite impressive that some people still love the simple pleasure of drawing, allowing space and time in their lives to interpret the world of fashion through lines and dots. This is indeed an art form and now we can admire the most amazing artists with the first ever standalone exhibition from the Fashion Illustration Gallery

Be Blown Away!
Isabella Blow is the epitome of the British fashion industry, edgy and subversive. She would express herself through fashion and now fashion brings her back to life in an amazing exhibition at Somerset House. As it happened with painters in the past, sadly she didn't live long enough to witness the recognition of her talent.

Looking forward to Bailey's Stardust!
David Bailey's portraits are timeless, there's something inexplicable about them that make us stop and stare. We will be able to get an idea about his amazing body of work at the National Portrait Gallery in February 2014. Bailey's Stardust will be one of the Gallery's largest scale photographic exhibitions and it includes previously unseen work.

Dior's Blast From the Past
For moments of serene inspiration why not visiting the Christian Dior Museum of Granville? Its latest exhibition - Impressions Dior - celebrates the influence of the impressionism art movement on Maison's Dior aesthetics. Impressionist painters went outdoors to express their direct intuitive vision, it was all about light, colour and movement. 

Visit Designs of the Year 2013
After a much needed tech-free holiday, it's a pleasure to get back to work with the 'Oscars of the design world.' The Designs of the Year 2013, celebrating the most innovative international designs over the past year, are currently being showcased at the Design Museum. 

David Bowie Rocks!
I've attended quite a few press previews at the V&A but never experienced today's media frenzy with TV crews all over the place and such a strong sense of excitement. This is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie, an iconic figure and musical innovator who continues to inspire others.

Lichtenstein's Pop Perception
He helped to create the hip New York art world in the Sixties, giving a face to an era. By elevating comics into art, Lichtenstein became the spirit of his times with incredible wit. Now we can admire the evolution of this amazing artist at Tate Modern, which is exhibiting a retrospective of his work.

Man Ray: Capturing the Unseen
We can now enter the extraordinary world of Man Ray, a visionary artist who continues to influence future generations. The National Portrait Gallery is showcasing an inspiring exhibition focusing on his photographic portraiture. His piercing eyes reveal a curious and highly articulate mind, a fascinating man who not only embraced life but also transformed it.

Manet: Portraying Life
I first came across Eduard Manet during my last year of a French language course at L'Alliance Française. The most impressive thing about him is the way he challenged what was conventionally accepted in order to capture modern life in such a unique way. 

Virtual Perceptions: Mariko Mori
I first came across the otherworldly art of Mariko Mori in 2002, having written about her for my MA Fashion Studies project, a lifestyle magazine created with the collaboration of a few other students from the University of the Arts in London. Now she's exhibiting at the Royal Academy of the Arts. One word: unmissable!

Valentino: Master of Couture
Valentino is such an iconic figure! His name is synonym with the world of couture and his career is truly extraordinary, spanning over four decades and covering some of the most exciting periods in the history of fashion.

Let Life Unfold
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Visit Hollywood Costume
This eagerly awaited exhibition opens this weekend at the V&A, gathering together over one hundred of the most iconic costume designed for unforgettable cinema characters. Who is your favourite? I'm sure you can find his/her clothes on display!

The Design Museum and Swarovski have challenged designers to explore the meaning of memory in the digital age and the result is simply breathtaking. 

Designing 007 - Bond Style
The charm, the adventure, the super cool gadgets... James Bond lives in our collective consciousness as the ultimate gentleman, intelligent and sophisticated, always surrounded by beautiful women.

Design for Performance
Whenever we watch a play, concert or performance, we rarely think of the elaborate designers' creative process of combining different elements in order to create its own narrative.

Heatherwick Studio
You may not know who Thomas Heatherwick is but I'm sure you were stricken by his work at some point. Images of the incredible UK Pavilion Seed Cathedral at Shanghai World Expo (2010) have been published all over the place.


Ballgowns: Dress to Impress                                             There are certain moments in life when a woman lives the fantasy of a fairy tale, transforming herself into a radiant image of beauty, like a flower blooming. This requires a long planning process as there are no wizards to do the trick.


Schiaparelli and Prada at MET
If you're in New York or plan to go there in the near future don't miss the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, exploring the striking affinities between these two Italian designers.

Christian Louboutin's Retrospective
The ultimate pleasure of high heels is deeply enjoyed by both men and women. When a woman walks in high heels her body swings and her hips dance to the rhythm of the sound of the heel in a seductive movement that suggests feverish passion.

Out of Focus: Photography
The Saatchi Gallery is celebrating the work of amazing photographers who explore the power of visual communication into unseen territories. Artists from different areas of the world challenge traditional boundaries to give free reign to their unique visions.

British Design Explosion
The V&A major spring exhibition showcases the best of British design and creative talent from the 1948 'Austerity Olympics' to the summer of 2012. It's an overwhelming experience with so much to catch our attention! 

Princess Diana's Dresses
Diana: glimpses of a modern princess is the new display at Kensington Palace with a small but rather special selection of dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. She had a significant influence on British style and fashion and these dresses reflect some important and memorable moments in her public life.

Designing Women
This is the name of the exhibition now on display at the Fashion and Textile Museum about post-war British Textiles, featuring three women artists working in England in the 1950s who were pivotal in the artistic revolution of this period - Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler.

Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs
With Marc Jacobs you can only expect the unexpected, his collections for Louis Vuitton are always surprising, from dominatrix style to innocent girlie, this is a man who is not afraid of getting out his safety zone.

Hollywood Icon: Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe continues to capture our attention as the ultimate pin-up girl, she was always flirtatious and loved the camera, as Eve Arnold said, she knew how to use both camera and photographer like anyone else.

The Photography of Eve Arnold
All about Eve is the latest must-see photography exhibition in London! Opening to the public today, it celebrates the work of the legendary photographer Eve Arnold, who became famous for her unique portraits of Marilyn Monroe over a 10-year period.

An Explosive Mind: Yayoi Kusama
Today is the public opening of a mind-blowing exhibition highlighting the moments of most intense innovation by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. You feel immersed in a different world exploring deeper levels of consciousness.

Lucian Freud Portraits
The first exhibition to focus on Lucien Freud portraiture will open at the National Portrait Gallery this Thursday. I've attended the press view this morning and highly recommend it. Lucian Freud was one of the most important and influential artists of his generation.

Enchanting Photography
You may not be familiar with his name but I'm sure you've already seen his work in the glossy pages of a fashion magazine. Paolo Roversi, one of the most striking photographers currently working, has contributed to prestigious fashion brands such as Valentino, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.

V&A Unveils Hollywood Glamour
This exhibition will only open this fall but the press was invited to have a sneak preview with a live presentation by Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a leading Hollywood costume designer and author, who has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Royal Academy of Arts: David Hockney
This exhibition takes us on a journey through David Hockney's view of the world. It is bright and insightful, vivid colours and mesmerising landscapes often with a road in some shape or form, make us reflect on our our inner path and delight in a positive spirit.

Chihuly: Colourful Glass Dreams
Chihuly may be an unfamiliar name to you but I'm sure his work isn't. His impressive 27 foot high chandelier over the grand entrance hall of the V&A Museum is the first thing to catch your eye as soon as you get in.

Catwalk to Cover
The highest moments of the year for those working in fashion are the catwalk shows. For the designers, months of hard work are condensed in a few minutes of bliss, anxiety and excitement. (They usually go on holiday after the fashion week to recover their energy.)

Shoes for Show
If you haven't been to Brick Lane recently, now is a good time to go. There is an interesting exhibition about shoes specifically created for special occasions, which ends tomorrow.

20 Years of Dazed & Confused Magazine
Dazed & Confused magazine embodies London's underground culture, a creative platform where fashion meets art and music. The rebellious attitude of pushing boundaries and the freedom to interpret the world without following any rules made it an iconic magazine over the last two decades.

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion at V&A
There's nothing like wandering around a gallery to stimulate your mind with different concepts, ideas and objects! This is the first time an exhibition has been attempted for this period (1970-1990).

New Degas Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts
London has a rich cultural life and today I was invited by the Royal Academy of Arts for the preview of Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, which traces the development of the artist's ballet imagery throughout his career.