Last Thursday I was lucky enough to visit the Iris Van Herpen exhibition at the Calais lace museum in France. Iris’ vision and use of textiles is most certainly innovative – creating pieces that have to be seen IRL to be able to truly appreciate them. She takes inspiration from the magnification of things that cannot be seen with the naked eye and also the translation of emotions.
One of my favourite collections features dresses made from the inners of broken umbrellas to create a strong structure yet seemingly moving garments. Another dress uses flexi-glass to create the illusion of the wearer having water splashing around them.
I look forward to seeing her future collections and as a designer she remains an inspiration to anyone who favours a different view for the use of materials for garment construction.
For those of you that share my Janner roots, you will know all about the ‘beautiful eyesore’ on Union St, last known as ‘Dance Academy’ until an infamous raid ensured it’s closing in 2006, yet formally known as the ‘New Palace Theatre’ which was built in 1898. The building has been derelict since it’s closure as it’s future has been uncertain, there are currently people renovating the building to a safe standing (grade II listed, so no chance of a tear down luckily) and I was lucky enough to have a look around inside (Urbex is another great interest of mine aside from fashion). It’s quite haunting to walk around such an old and beautiful space and also sad to see it’s decline, albeit amusing to still see full bottles of reef left around. This was a spontaneous visit so please excuse the 4S photography. If you are interested in seeing some professional photos there are many urbex forums out there.
It would be rude to take a trip to London without a cheeky trip to Shoreditch/Brick Lane, the area has a great juxtaposition between derelict and chic. I’m a fan of graffiti in the right places and it really gives character to the area, whilst much of it is simply tags, there are also some more art inspired creations. The padlocks on the fence opposite Shoreditch High St Train Station are so cute and I hope many more come to share a symbol of their love.
Also kudos to ELLE magazine for teaming up with The Vagenda Magazine to promote modern feminism, they have created an advertising space where women can tweet “Imawomanand” [insert witty & empowering statement] “print” and it will print you a sticker instantly to be plastered anywhere you choose. Naturally I took part and left my mark, definitely check it out if you are in the area.
As for the car on the roof, there is something very glastonbury Shangri-La/ Boomtown festival-esque about it, what a magical place. And who can forget all the amazing vintage shops? Sadly I left empty handed this time as had already spent my clothing dollar on Oxford Street (sorry not sorry).
Today we were shooting in a group between the commercial photography and BA Fashion department – here’s a little snippet, insta vid style. Photos coming soon !