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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A, London

The V&A’s new fashion exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first Parisian couture house and showcases his innovations in the cut and construction of women’s garments. Bringing together over 100 dresses, jackets, suits and millinery from Balenciaga’s couture line, Eisa (Balenciaga’s Spanish diffusion range) and contemporary designer pieces. Experience the modernity…

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The Story of a Wedding Dress

Beneath the hum of the traffic on London Wall, the archives of the Museum of London sprawl in identical stacked rows. There are over 100 wedding dresses neatly packed in acid free boxes here; a collection that would excite fashion buffs and brides to be. A wedding dress fashioned from an Indian sari 86 years…

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A Wedding Girls Cockney Knees Up

‘There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover…’Henrietta sings passionately into her toy microphone wrapped up with silver gaffa tape. ‘My grandson sat on it’ she laughs. This was the beginnings of a good old fashioned East End knees up last Friday to celebrate the launch of Kate Thompson’s new novel, The Wedding Girls.…

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A Little Piece of Eastbourne

‘I found them in a carrier bag’ Jinny says to me as she proudly shows off the bright floral curtains hanging in her otherwise white walled studio. ‘My mum was helping my auntie Rose move into a sheltered flat and I couldn’t stand the thought of them being thrown away, they are a little piece…

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