Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon

Barbie ExhibitionBarbie The Eternal Fashion Icon exhibition held at Tokyo’s Seibu department store is a decadent display tracking the development of an icon from its start as the German fashion doll Bild Lilli in 1955 to Mattel’s refined Barbie doll. Throughout her journey she has been a reflection of the times with plenty of style and fashion hits but also with a few misses just like the rest of us.

モード オブ バービー展

Barbie ExhibitionTo see the many extravagantly chic outfits and accessories meticulously made in miniature for dressing Barbie and the different personas that she assumes through them was incredible. I’m tempted to bust out a selection of my wardrobe’s finest and get fully dolled up in vail, fur and jewels but the sweltering Tokyo heat forces me to be a bit more sensible unfortunately.

モード オブ バービー展Afternoon suit Barbie 2012, Walking suit Barbie 2012.

Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon ExhibitionEvening Splendor 1959.

Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon ExhibitionSilver Serenade 1971, Ken and Go-go 1966.

Barbie Exhibition Seibu TokyoLisette Barbie 2001.

Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon ExhibitionMermaid gown Barbie 2013.

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The First Georgians at The Queen’s Gallery

The First Georgians Exhibition The Queen's Gallery Buckingham PalaceThe Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace is currently exhibiting The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760. Now I’m not sure if it’s baby George that’s causing a bit of a Georgian hype/revival with several exhibitions and a BBC tv mini-series with Lucy Worsley entitled The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain recently aired. Regardless, my lust after fine paintings, etchings, sculpture, porcelain and furniture drew me out.

The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace

William Hogarth

The exhibition explores the taste and royal patronage of George I and George II in a period of dramatic change across Britain. Satirist William Hogarth’s moralizing art print series including  A Harlot’s Progress, 1734 and Marriage à-la-Mode, 1745 tell cautionary stories.

The First Georgians Exhibition Buckingham Palace

 

Chelsea PlatesChelsea plate, soft-paste porcelain, c.1755.

Botanical Illustration

The First Georgians ExhibitionMeissen porcelain tea and coffee service, c.1730.

Georgian English Furniture

The First Georgians Exhibition Buckingham PalaceThis would make a suitably fierce, regal throne/desk chair to help me make those tough decisions from while writing my dissertation. Though I’m not entirely convinced over its comfort in the long run.

Georgian Furniture

Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum

Bond in Motion Aston Martin DB5Aston Martin DB5 as seen in Golden Eye, 1995.

Now who doesn’t love an evening spent watching good James Bond films? When I saw that the London Film Museum in Covent Garden was putting on a James Bond exhibition or more accurately Bond in Motion exhibition – ‘the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles’ I reveled. It’s a terrific exhibition that displays the high performance luxury machinery tweaked with a few unique add-ons (courtesy of Q) that are central to the iconic chases and pursuits of the oh so suave James Bond.

James Bond Exhibition London Film MuseumThe essential Bond accessories consist of a gun, cash, a black American Express card and cufflinks.

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumStunning vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB5 and DBS, Rolls-Royce Phantom III and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II are on display along with a selection of more creative action vehicles such as the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 and the crocodile submarine. A variety of aircrafts, motorcycles and boats are also on display and despite what the name suggests the exhibition also includes a few other props used in the film franchise.

Bond in Motion London Film Museum

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumFilming car scene for Quantum of Solace, 2008.

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumAston Martin DBS as seen in Quantum of Solace, 2008 along with the bumps, scratches and damaged windshield following the stunts.

Linnea Nilsson at Bond In Motion - London Film MuseumYours truly enthusiastically got dressed up in a tux with bow tie to have an impromptu Bond themed photo shoot. Lights, camera, action!

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExterior MI building model. Michael Lamont. The World is Not Enough.

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExamples of elaborate storyboards that look like proper comics such as this for The World Is Not Enough shows a visual layout of events as they are to be seen through the camera lens and demonstrates the creative process of the production company’s art department.

Bond in Motion Rolls-Royce Phantom III

Rolls-Royce Phantom III as seen in Goldfinger, 1964.

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal Mori Art Museum TokyoWith the Mori Art Museum exhibition Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal, pop art enthusiasts will revel in the opportunity to see a ‘comprehensive retrospective of nearly 700 Warhol’s work and archives from the start of his career as an artist to his final years’.

Andy Warhol Art Car BMWHighlights include Warhol’s celebs of the world with portraits of Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, and Mohammad Ali to name just a few, his iconic Campbell’s soup cans, and a recreation of his legendary studio “The Factory” at near to true scale. Other highlights also include a selection of Warhol’s illustrations for top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour and the BMW Art Car designed by Warhol in 1979 (as seen above).

Andy Warhol Mori Art Museum Tokyo

Andy Warhol Silver Clouds Tokyo Mori Art MuseumMy favorite bit from the exhibition included the Silver Clouds installation displayed with a spectacular night view over Tokyo. The shiny silver helium balloons slowly bopping around picked up the light and glow of the illuminated night life of the Tokyo cityscape beautifully.

Roppongi Hills TokyoRoppongi Hills which houses Mori Art Museum.

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal Tokyo Mori Art Museum

The Aristocratic Palace and the Collection of the Nobleman

Bunkamura: The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman -Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli

A collection from Museo Poldi Pezzoli is currently on display at the Bunkamura Museum in Shibuya, Tokyo showing the stunning exhibition The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty -Milano, the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman. Gilt gold frames enclose dramatic portrait masterpieces and those with religious iconography, intricate tapestry, and further ornate objects help give insight into the lavish taste of prominent Milanese nobleman Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli.

Bunkamura Museum: Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli : The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the NoblemanThe idea of bringing a few pieces home with me was tempting especially in order to compliment my own collection, but alas I had to make do with some beautiful postcards and  Italian snacks (Sacucci Horocci with flavors of milk, strawberry and tiramisu) from the exhibition gift shop.

Espace Louis Vuitton – Traces of Disappearance

The Soul of the World "Anima mundi" by Anne and Patrick Poirier Espace Louis Vuitton TokyoThe Soul of the World “Anima mundi”, by Anne and Patrick Poirier, Cone in metal, diameter: 600cm / height 700cm, a “living sculpture with living birds”.

Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton’s art space which occupies the 7th floor of their vast Tokyo Omotesando boutique never seizes to amaze me with their interesting exhibition program and their Traces of Disappearance exhibition is no different. With a live bird sculpture and a gummy bear mosaic that mimics traditional stained glass windows, can you really blame me?

Naoya Hatakeyama 畠山 直哉Mont Ventoux, by Naoya Hatakeyama 畠山 直哉, 2005/2013, Consisting of a series of 12 C-Print images, 100 x 49 cm, framing structure 63 x 114 cm.

Traces of Disappearance Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Traces of Disappearance at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo(Mosaic) The Sheer Size of It, by Kasper Kovitz, Candy on Plexi-glass, diameter: 710cm.

Signature of Elegance at Chanel Nexus Hall

Chanel Nexus Hall Signature of Elegance Lillian BassmanFor you fashionistas or photography buffs, this is the exhibit for you and what better setting than Chanel’s vast Tokyo Ginza store which houses it’s very own gallery space on the 4th floor in the Chanel Nexus Hall. The exhibition Signature of Elegance displays a stunning selection of black and white fashion photographs by the legendary photographer Lillian Bassman (1917-2012).

Chanel Nexus Hall Signature of Elegance Lillian BassmanWhile some images oozed post WWII glamor typical of Christian Dior’s New Look, others appeared as modern as ever. Lillian Bassman’s images of furtive eroticism featuring corsets, girdles and lingerie could easily enough grace the current pages of Vogue Paris without looking out of place. And, unlike the crass, sometimes even disturbing, erotically charged images of Helmut Newton (1920-2004), Lillian Bassman applied a tasteful sensitivity to her work with the female form.

So whether or not you find yourself in Tokyo at the moment and have access to Chanel Nexus Hall, Lillian Bassman is a name well worth looking up and getting some inspiration from.