Sunday, 30 January 2011

A trip to Bath....

So Thursday off we set on the train to Bath, although I've been the the Fashion Museum a few times now, I still find it awkward to find as its so out of the way but we got there. Through uni we'd been booked to view garments from the museum archives. With the hour slot we only got to see two garments of the 80,000 the museum own. 

Pictures above in cafe at back of Museum, refreshment stop before getting down to the work. :)

Mens coat dated 1770 to 1780

Closer look at detailing.

Womens robe dated 1730 to 1739

I found this a really interesting experience, getting to see garments up close and analyse the different methods of construction, obviously all pieces were hand made so it was nice to see such detailed craftsmen ship but into the garments that allows them to still exist over 200 years later.

Although the museum was open to the public they are currently in the process of putting in new exhibits and changing displays, so entrance fee was subsidised which was just aswell due to the amount of mannequins and body parts lying around the place.

Alexander McQueen piece among Versace and something else that wasn't labelled.

A lonely bound mannequin.

Some dodgy footwear.

To be honest the best part of the museum at the moment is the dressing up section that provides corsets and large petticoat skirts for you try on for yourself much to our entertainment.

Holly and Lara having a bit too much fun.

Chanel jacket. Bath Museum do like to restyle things that have been on show for a while. 

Again none of these were labelled so no idea who they are.

Spot the model whose lost her hand.

Still same exhibit.

And as you leave a pair of arms...

Gok's Masterclass

So this week has been a busy one. On Wednesday along with a friend I wondered over to St Georges which is just off Park street. With me I had items of clothing I wasn't sure suited me or I felt I needed help with pulling off, or simply didn't mind swapping. This session was for women unsure on how to dress to suit there body shape and I went not knowing my own shape. Upon arrival it all seemed quite exciting, filling in forms for consent to be filmed for tv purposes can get you quite excited. Within moments Gok waltzed through the room past our table saying hello as he passed. Immediately star struck, feeling a bit giggly we were all asked to gather outside for filming to begin.

This picture is from the evening post paper, you can kinda see me mainly my hair glowing ha.

What struck me about the man himself is how genuine he is. After initially being star struck by his appearance after spending the day in the same room filming with him and around 100 other women the atmosphere was so relaxed, with his personality not changing from the word cut on set. With none of us aware of which body shape we belonged to Gok asked us all to line up and to simply in turn walk towards him and he'd tell us our shape. In my case this involved a bit of a grope due to the empire line fit of my dress hiding my figure slightly. So I'm a bristolian pear and I'm gert lush. Yes we were made to say this on camera, which will be cringey but hilarious to watch back on tv. I do love living in Bristol and the confusion of the local dialect upon the camera crew, 'gert lush' not being in their vocabulary by their facial expressions. Within a questionnaire we were asked to describe Bristols style. Not living here long, I've never given it much thought. I would say its very student based, young, vintage, slightly grungy, but its individual, I love seeing people dressed differently and not afraid it. 

Anyway back to the pear that I am. A pear shape is a body shape that carries more weight in the bottom section of the figure aka, wider hips thighs and bum, joy. Gok explained that by creating emphasis on the shoulders to balance out the hips and bringing in the waist can give the illusion of the hour glass figure that the highstreet caters for. I found interesting the fact that pear shapes, often how ever much weight you loose you will always have more weight on your bottom half of your body, so Goks answer for this was to eat more, eat cake to make your shoulders bigger, ha. He knows how to make women feel good about themselves.

Although it was a long day not finishing filming until gone 7, It was such a brilliant day. Spending time with Gok for such a duration of time meant you forgot me was a 'celebrity' and it was fine to go up and ask his advice throughout the session. I cannot emphasise how relaxed the whole day was, I think this was mainly down to the production team, Mike the director  and Flora who kept the day going were both brilliant aswel aswel as the stylist team. Next time Gok is in town, I'll definately be popping to another masterclass session, even it means I get to spend  time with the lovely man! :)

my Gok bag :)

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Day 11

A bright day, even though its frosty outside. Decided to layer a floral skirt over my dress accompanied with black tights and my yellow 'minnie mouse like' shoes.

Yet more layering of necklaces, These colours work well together.

So these are what I like to call my Minnie shoes, as they remind me of her yellow low heels. Very cute and suprising for Primark.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Day 10

Today my adding a light weight blazer I feel I've dressed the black dress up a little, a more formal look.

Wish I'd ironed this blazer before putting it on now. Whoops, never mind. I think the neutral grey of blazer and pink of belt around waist work well against the black lace of the dress.

Ring from Accessorize. I love their jewellery, and this engraved ring caught my eye immediately. 

Vintage scarf to keep hair at bay.

And my reliable brogues.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Bristol Graffiti

As with many cities, graffiti is everywhere. With Bristol being the home of Banksy, and from September my new home I decided to go on a hunt for his art work, finding pieces by other graffiti artist along the way.