La La Land Film Review

As I sit here listening to the sound track for the tenth time after only seeing it last night, it just puts me in a good mood…or though I can’t say the same for my house mates. ‘“La La Land” is set in contemporary Los Angeles, but its heart and soul are rooted in the… Continue reading La La Land Film Review

My exhibition mission: London’s must see’s

Last week I spent a few days in London. The reason for the trip was to gather cultural research for my current uni projects, and to add to my general contextual knowledge. I love visiting cities and anywhere rich with culture and art. So with only a couple days to explore I packed as many things as I could in to the itinerary, and heres a little note on what galleries and exhibition are worth a look:


Tate Modern:

The Tate is always one of my favourite museums to go to, there is always something great in the turbine hall and this trip was no different. HYUNDAI commission: Philippe Parreno, Anywhen is a immersive experience that is said to challenge your perception of time and space. The french artist has responded to the Turbine hall through acoustics, lighting, moving objects and film. You enter the large space and are immediately aware of the relaxed tone and atmosphere, most people are sitting or laying on the floor, looking up at the ceiling, taking it all in. The feeling I got was similar to sitting in a cinema- I was excited and suspenseful however relaxed in my surroundings. My eyes weren’t drawn to one point, rather flitting around the room. It made me question the sequences of our environment and feel as though it is a comment of an ever changing life cycle- random elements and no real formula.  After leaving the exhibition I wanted to know more and was interested in the ideas and artist behind the work. I found out that the piece is evolving daily, and will do so for the whole of its six week commission. A truly immersive experience and worth a visit if get the chance, I loved it.

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TERRIBLE photos I know, but wanted to give an idea on the size and space

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The Barbican:

I’d never been to the Barbican art gallery before and wasn’t sure what to expect, however I would definitely visit again. We made our way to Shoreditch to see the exhibition The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined.

‘Scandal of good taste’

Fashion curator and exhibition maker Judith Clarke has collaborated with Adam Phillips, a psychoanalyst and writer to build on Phillip’s definition of ‘The Vulgar’ as a bases. The exhibition highlights 500 years of fashion guiding you through pieces from the Renaissance to present day. Weaved together with the theme of vulgarity, whilst celebrating the incredible innovations of all the designers included. I really enjoyed this and feel it was worth the £10 fee of entry. Sadly they didn’t allow photographs so you”l have to check it out yourselves!!

The Hayward Gallery:

The Hayward was another gallery that I’ve never set foot in before and I still haven’t actually set foot in it… the exhibition we went to see was called The Infinite Mix. However it was held off site to our despair as we’d already walked all the way to the gallery to only find out that we were in the wrong place.

When we finally got to the correct location we spent the next hour and a half walking in and out of different but very basic screen rooms. The Infinite Mix is a collection of contemporary audiovisual artworks. Ten rooms in total exploring our cultural tensions all through varied genres.

‘They pointedly remix our notions of history and fiction, the real and the staged, and the sublime and the everyday’

Another one that is completely free and so great to go and see! Each film and soundtrack was completely different, some I connected with and some I didn’t understand at all. Thats all part of it. Its a really interesting space and a very thought-provoking experience I would recommend it if you love music, contemporary art or film.

White Chapel Gallery:

It was a few days of discovery it seems as White Chapel was also a first for me. A much smaller gallery but always worth having a look what they have on. We’d made the effort to see an exhibition about the anonymous feminist activists; Guerrilla Girls. If you don’t known who they are, look them up! These women wear gorilla masks in public to conceal their identities and take on the names of women artists from the past all for the fight against sexism.

The exhibition was called Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? The small exhibit is a room plastered with questions, statistics and proof on the subject of sexism in the art world. It highlights daunting facts about the industry and challenges how we can make change. The activists sent out hundreds of questionnaires to museums and galleries quizzing them on the diversity of their representation. With interesting results of inequality all over Europe- go check it out its really quite shocking and worth a visit.

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V&A museum:

My FAVOURITE museum on the planet… The Victoria and Albert. Not only equipped with the best gift shop but also housed a fantastic exhibition that is incredible useful to my current uni projects. You say you want a revolution? Records and rebels 1966-1970. The exhibition encapsulates the vibrant and explosive attitudes of the late 60’s, displaying fashion, film, design, music and political activism. Once again no photos were allowed and in terms of budget it was the most expensive to visit but worth it.

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A really sneaky pic from the beginning of the exhibition
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Some badges that were on sale in the gift shop.. love the dedicated fashion follower one

-The Lanky Giraffe 

Fashion Cities Africa

Casablanca| Johannesburg | Lagos |Nairobi

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‘The time for Africa is now. The world is looking to us for inspiration.’- Tiffany Amber, designer.

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So I am posting this rather spontaneously as I didn’t plan on seeing this exhibition but stumbled across it, and loved it! Fashion cities Africa is a vibrant and exciting exhibition that explores fashion and style across four major cities in Africa. Celebrating the most talented individual’s within: Casablanca in Morocco, Johannesburg in South Africa, Nairobi in Kenya and Lagos in Nigeria. A collection of bloggers, photographers, stylists and designers truly express the originality and culture of each city.

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‘The cities featured are highly diverse geographically and economically, as is there populations. While in some of these cities the infrastructure for fashion is limited, the ambition, creativity and dynamism of those engaged in the industry is boundless.’

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Still on at the Brighton Museum from now until the 8 of January 2017!

-The Lanky Giraffe

NFW- oneBC fashion show

As I was helping out with the event, (stewarding and being a runner for the show) I didn’t have time to take many pictures. However, the brand that stood out to me the most was the incredibly edgy OneBC. Therefore I made sure I had front row position when seeing the show for the second time Saturday evening. In more ways than one these guys stood out, bringing an energy to the evening. I love to inject a bit of rock’ n roll into my own wardrobe on occasion, but oneBC takes it to a whole other level.edit 1edit 3

The atmosphere was electrifying… quite literally with a live electric guitar being played up the catwalk amongst the models!  The colour pallet is kept to charcoal blacks, textured metallic and concrete hues keeping within the theme. I feel like the atheistic of a brand is so much more powerful when a catwalk show is colour coordinated or themed.

edit 4 IMG_1083To finish the models themselves stole the show. Fierce and profound. I loved the mix of gender, ethnicity, height and age (refreshing for a fashion student, when all you see is young white women dominate mainstream media). It was a beautiful mash up of all things rock’ n roll, a bliss movement of attitude and personality. I wanted to be in their gang!

If you want more info on what they are all about, have a look here at their website: http://www.one-bc.com

Or check out the shop in Nottingham located on Gedling street!

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-The Lanky Giraffe

Pablo Thecuadro

I haven’t a clue what I was researching when I first came across Thecuadro’s work, all I know is I was side tracked into stalking the artist online and through his Tumblr for a significant amount of time. The Madrid based photographer and artist creates abstract imagery using, what I might  sometimes deem to be unoriginal fashion editorials, to create something we haven’t seen before.p 1

Under his creative vison Thecuadro cuts and tares both digitally and physically to craft abstract art. Using his own work as well as images from other photographers he offers something different to an industry that is saturated by the same old narratives.p5

“The collages I make express the duality in the human being, who we want to be versus who we really are and what part of us we want to show to others. ‘Collage Art’ is a never ending process, you can put as many images you want together over and over again.”

 

A quote from the artist himself describing what his work communicates perfectly. As a society and culture obsessed with image and the way we look, its interesting to see art that makes us question what we are looking at. I most certainly found it refreshing.0000

-The Lanky Giraffe x

Vanilla and Concrete

_MG_6611Vanilla and concrete exhibition- Tate Britain

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As part of my recent trip to London we made our way to the Tate Britain. I forget how excited I get about seeing exhibitions, you never know what’s you’ll see or experience._MG_6615

The vanilla and concrete exhibition brings together the work of three artists; Marie Lund (born 1976), Rallou Panagiotou (born 1978) and Mary Ramsden (born 1984). Originally when walking through the exhibition I thought it was all the same artist, the works compliment each other in colour and in meaning. The room was a selection of pieces that investigate the everyday. Deconstructing seemingly insignificant moments and objects and understanding what makes them part of life. Through the use of material, colour and shape these three artists give substance and meaning to things that are often over looked._MG_6614

I would recommend to go and see it, I found I could connect with the idea that we need to appreciate the contemporary world though objects, gestures and space. I really enjoyed the mellow tone to the work, it felt fun with a sense of humour! Over all a good one to go and see especially if your interested in exploring the everyday- something that I’m personally fascinated with.

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Jacqueline De Ribes- THE ART OF STYLE

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The MET museum! Very exciting visit and perfect picture opportunity for all Gossip Girl fans. However the home to a spectacular exhibition on Jacqueline De Ribes the french countess whose style is impeccably chic. Known for having an eye for style and glamour The Art Of Style exhibition displays this perfectly transporting you to a magical world of couture.

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Fairy Tale Fashion

The first of two exhibitions I visited at FIT in New York. A beautiful collection of dresses, accessories and photography all inspired by or descriptive of the beautiful, magical world of fairytales. Ive picked a few of my favourite pieces from the exhibition, apologies for the mad camera quality I left my good camera back at the hotel with the understanding that we wouldn’t be allowed to take pictures! So it had to be off my iPhone when we were told we could on entering.IMG_9637 IMG_9638


One of the first pieces I came across as I walked in really stood out to me. Kirstey Mitchell’s Wonderland photo series. The description reveals that she doesn’t use photoshop in her work. The images are inspired by books from her childhood; however produced using only camera work and elaborate sets and costumes.

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‘Once upon a time’ 2009
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‘The ghost swift’ 2012

Rose Red

Thome Browne

Womans wear resemble fall 2013

When reading the sort description of this dress I learnt that ‘Rose Red’ was Snow Whites sister; both named after rose bushes from their mothers garden. This dress reminded me there is still so much mystery and stories to be told from fairytales. The characters are timeless and no matter what age you always want to learn more about them. IMG_9661


A stand-up collar

Zuhair Murad

Gown, spring 15 Haute Couture

My favourite piece form the exhibition- I fell in love with it like a girl does when it comes to ball gowns and princesses. The description of this gown talks about how the french author Charles Perrault wrote sleeping beauty (La Belle au bois Dormant) to wear a ‘magnificent’ gown. This was truly magnificent. I especially love the stand up collar combined with the plunging neck line- if a prince ever takes me to a ball I will wear this dress.IMG_9670


Magical and Mischievous spirit

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Dress fall 2012

A beautiful dress with an undeniable fairytale feel. Reminded me of Cinderella combining the distressed  burnt look with the idea of Cinderella being mistreated and forced to clean fire places etc. IMG_9689

The eyes of Laura Mars 1978- and glamorised violence in the fashion industry

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Film over view: Laura Mars (Played by Faye Dunaway) is a glamourous fashion photographer who specialises in stylised violence- set in New York. The character faces judgement and controversy labelling her work as demeaning towards women and glorifying violence.  Miss Mars begins seeing the murders and brutalisation of her inner circle through the eyes of an estranged killer. John Neville (Tommy Lee Jones) is the lieutenant in charge of the case, and believes that what Mars is telling him is the truth, seeking her help in finding the killer. And in a tense and electric build up, the film results in an unexpected twist, questioning all that Mars believes and loves.

‘The films mysterious and sometimes violent murders are offset by the beautiful fashion editorials, creating an eerily glamourous movie wardrobe that must not be missed’ -Harpers Bazaar

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Image form the film- mid shoot with character Laura Mars photographing models

What Irvin Kushner (director) had grasped at the time is that within the fashion industry (i.e. in fashion magazines and editorials) consumers were accepting violence, and still do! The idea of ‘the beautiful corpse’, juxtaposes luxury with death and brutality. The movie is effective in its method, placing the male gaze of women’s murdered bodies in the point of view of the female protagonist- there is no way of ignoring such a powerful thought process. And in my opinion, no way of ignoring the questions posed by this idea.

In the late nineteenth century Edgar Allen wrote ‘The death of a beautiful women is, unquestionably, the most poetic topic in the world’

But why??! Why as consumers have we become numb to seeing images of dead looking, bloodied or bruised models? Many have the opinion that it promotes domestic violence, or is glorifying violence against women. Likewise, I question how appropriate it is to continually be exposed to issues within femininity, masculinity, sex, pleasure and consent? But of course one can always argue how fashion photography has its own artistic importance and social value. When does it stop being art, why are we so accustom to seeing images of violence in fashion?

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A D&G advert from 2007

In my opinion I loved the film. At first reluctant, disproving of the dated acting but soon fell in love with with essence of the movie- finding it seductively chic. However, once I had watch the movie and once I had looked further into the glamorised hostility towards women I was overwhelmed by the amount of violence I had been exposed to already within the industry. As a fashion student and young women I feel provoked to ask question as to why imagery like this have become an acceptable from of commercial speech?

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Lara Stone in a 2009 editorial shoot by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris