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London Trip 2012 - Part 1 - V&A 
17th-Nov-2012 12:11 pm
Vampire Diaries - Damon & Elena dancing

I had been wanting to get to the V&A for ages, so that was the first place I went (after dropping off my suitcase!) .... they had a couple of extra displays that I didn't pay to see ... one of which I could see from one of the balconies anyway!

Still it was good fun, and a great start to my holiday.  I stuck to the main section ... pottery, glass and textiles.  It was the costumes that I really enjoyed looking at.

And, to show that I was there here is a (blurred) picture ... yes, the light was fading and using non-flash makes my camera not very happy sometimes!


So mostly it was the costumes I loved ... I really should be better at making notes as to dates and names.  Anyway, behind the cut are a few pictures of my favourite outfits ....

The cope worn by the Bishop to crown King Henry VII

How would you move in this outfit -

Lovely colours -


Fancy a fight?

And to see some of the other displays -

I have a real "thing" for fireplaces -

Wish I could play piano -

Part of a Church alter setting - the birth and death of Jesus Christ

There are a few more pics in the album which is here

17th-Nov-2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
The costumes are my favourite bit of the V&A.

Oddly I was just talking about it, literally about 10 minutes ago, to my sister, who is taking one of her daughters to London for a trip and has tickets for the Film Costume display for 10a.m. on Tuesday morning as they were the only ones they could get. Which will certainly make sure they are up and about in good time...

As for how you would move in that dress- perhaps with the aid of two dwarves on roller-skates under the side sections?
17th-Nov-2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
I would have liked to have seen the film section - but no good. Still I enjoyed the rest - hope your sister has fun.

I love the idea of the dwarves on roller-skates ...they could carry your sandwiches for you, as well!
17th-Nov-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
That green 1920's dress with the poppies is stunning!
17th-Nov-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
That was one that really caught my eye as well - wish I could go somewhere to be able to wear something like that.
17th-Nov-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Stunning!I would wear dress like white one ;)
17th-Nov-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
There were some truly lovely clothes there.
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19th-Nov-2012 10:40 am (UTC)
More photos to come!

That wide dress is "mad" in the best possible way - still I grew up with flares, platform shoes and shell suits ... what more can we say!
23rd-Oct-2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
These are wonderful thank you Deb! I have always wanted to go there.

Re: the 18th century pannier dress, I think it would have been easier than it would appear - most of what's under that skirt is empty space; the whalebone and fabric paniers are tied around the waist and go out but not very far down...and am I telling you something you already damn well know? Historic clothing is one of my passions from the time I was perhaps 7 years old.

The same is true of the crinoline dress - modern engineering and construction techniques made that and the bustle possible. Women actually had a lot of room for their legs to move under the skirt once they'd been freed from the weight of umpteen petticoats. I've seen photos of women in full bustle outfits jumping over a stool or climbing mountains in Switzerland back in the day. Can you imagine? I guess they got used to the weight!
23rd-Oct-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
This year when I visited Hampton Court Palace they had a few people portraying an historical debate. I was fascinated to see Queen Elizabeth's dress as it looked a lot "tougher" than I imagined it would....

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A couple of the other outfits (there are a few more at Photobucket around these 2.)
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Some years ago, not long after I took up horse riding, I saw a costume display of riding habits ... and they "scared" me. I was having enough problems with modern lycra!

I love history, always have. But joining LJ has given me the excuse to share ... and so able to indulge my love a bit more.
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