Retro Hollywood Glamour at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum hosted a Friday Late night with a 'Retro Hollywood Glamour' theme, so me and two fabulous ladies decided to visit.

We arrived, and spent some time trying to figure out what the different events were, and whether we needed tickets. Unfortunately the staff weren't that sure either, and we ended up queuing three times, and being told different things. We had to purchase tickets for the Grace Kelly exhibition and then get additional tickets for the talk being held that night.

It was rather fun that so many people stopped us to take our photo, always nice to pretend to be famous! I also had a cute little boy tell his Dad to look at the painted lady (!), I smiled and received a shy smile back.


They had screen printing outside to make a silk scarf, but we couldn't be bothered to wait so long, to make something we wouldn't use.

I do adore the building, and it was such lovely weather.


They also had Fitzrovia Radio performing outside:


They were funny, but for us, it went on a little too long, so we returned back inside.


I am wearing a vintage dress, which has an awesome wrap part at the back, which you can't see. Unfortunately I was moving house, and all my shoes were in transit, so please accept my apologies for the shoes.

The best of the whole night was listening to 'UCLA Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis on Costume Design for the Cinema'.  She was so engaging and passionate about her subject. I particularly enjoyed the part when she pulled some volunteers out of the audience and asked them about their clothes. She asked about everything they were wearing, from glasses, earrings, belts etc. Where were they bought? Who bought them? Why? She used this exercise to explain that everything we wear helps to tell our story. Costumer designers need to consider each character they dress with this amount of detail. Why are they wearing that hat like that? How old would their shoes be? She was fascinating to listen to, and all of us were sad to let the lecture end.