Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton

Revisited my favorite British museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum in order to see the new exhibition Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton. It is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year and Victoria and Albert isn’t the only museum which will host a celebratory exhibition. On May 17th, the National Portrait Gallery will open a new exhibition entitled The Queen: Art and Image.

Truth be told, what really intrigued me with the V&A exhibition was to see the work of Sir Cecil Beaton. I initially fell in love with his work with the film My Fair Lady (1964) starring Audrey Hepburn, where he made the amazingly gorgeous costumes. An absolute must see film if you haven’t already! Now, his work with the Royal Family may not have been as exciting as his work with costumes for film, theater or photographs for Vogue but were truly iconic in their own way. I especially loved his silver gelatin images of the Queen posing in front of a gorgeous backdrop in true Fragonard, Rococo style with fresh picked flowers from his garden as props. But then again, I’m a huge fan of the Rococo movement and French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)!

Naturally the museum gift shop was fully stocked with postcards, calendars, chocolates and other royalty themed items for those of you interested in commemorating your experience at the exhibition.

Room 46b: Cast Courts, Victoria & Albert

I believe the late Etta James said it best- I Just Want To Make Love To You. Turns out the exhibition featuring my darling David is still under construction. I can’t wait to see how it turns out but knowing the V & A it will probably be amazing.

What looks like one hot mess will become beautifully styled in a while. Room 46b: Cast Courts is currently under renovation but is otherwise there to provide an introduction to the history of European sculpture through plaster casts of the most celebrated examples of art.

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Now this is what I call a tiara! The gorgeous sparkler is from about 1850 and is still in such a beautiful condition that I’d say it’s good enough to wear. Drool!

The V&A can truly act as living proof that heaven is a place on earth! Glittering tiaras, silver lions, and golden frames with amazing oil on canvas paintings. My favorite sections would certainly have to be jewelry, silver, mini portraiture (love, such incredible craftmanship!), theatre and performance, all of the fashion galleries, and Grecian statues.

The galleries are such a lovely place to gather inspiration and just bask in the work of true masters! Needless to say, I’m ready to move in on a permanent basis!

Postmodernism at Victoria & Albert

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Cinzia Ruggeri, Homage to Lévi-Strauss Dress, Autumn/Winter 1983-4

Fasten your seatbelts because it’s time to take a trip down memory lane. At least that was the feel when attending the exhibition Postmodernism, Style and Subversion 1970-1990 at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The pop culture theme was extremely strong almost borderline kitsch, but then again who can blame them as it was part of the trend/era. The postmodernism movement acted as a response to the perceived blandness, hostility, and Utopianism of the Modern movement.

Frank Schreiner for Stiletto, Consumer’s Rest Chair, 1990

The exhibition featured a lot of technical design developments that were happening during this movement in mainly architecture, furniture design, as well as advertising, music and a slight inclusion of fashion garments. It was an extremely interesting exhibition to see as it gave a lot of insight into various aspects of what it must have been like at that time. A favorite piece of mine would definitely have to be Frank Schreiner’s ‘Consumer’s Rest Chair’, what a neat idea! Who wouldn’t love to go shopping in one of these, I’d be seated like a queen!