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Inspire Me – With the V & A. The India Festival.

Fabric of India

Have you ever wondered how exhibitions at the V & A Museum are put together ? I’ve always been intrigued, so after an amazing cocktail event laid on by Good Earth ( more on that in a bit ) at the Fabric of India Exhibition, I did a little interview with the curators Divia Patel and Rosemary Crill …

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You have a dream job . How did you get in to curating at the V & A ?

DP: I did an MA in South Asian History and Anthropology at SOAS.

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What inspired the India Festival ?

RC: We are holding the India Festival, a series of exhibitions, displays, events and digital initiatives that will explore the rich and varied culture of South Asia, to celebrate the 25thanniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.

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For your exhibition, you have a  team including a Sound Designer, Project Manager, Exhibition Designer as well as yourselves on the ‘ Fabric of India ‘ – how do you all work together to make it all happen ?

DP: Lots of people are involved in V&A exhibitions from many different departments in the Museum. Whilst the curators decide on the narrative of the show and what objects will be on display, getting the exhibition ready involves a huge number  of people; a design team, builders, the exhibitions team to manage the logistics, conservation experts, technical experts, as well as the curators. We all work closely together, many several years in advance.

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I especially admired the collection is the Chikankari Sari. Do you have a personal favourite ? 

RC: Although I love and admire the beautiful historic pieces made for the Mughal emperors and other rulers, I am very fond of the simpler pieces in the ‘Nature and Making’ section of the exhibition. These have such understated elegance, even if they are completely plain – they all have their own special texture or weave, and it’s a delight to be able to give them their moment of fame.

DP: I love so many things in the exhibition that it is difficult to pick a favourite. For me the sari that opens the show, the Houndstooth sari by Abraham and Thakore is special because it so elegant and simple but says so much about the continuing traditions of India and how they can still be relevant.

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Are all the exhibits donated ?

RC: Some of the exhibitions have been kindly loaned by institutions or donations around the world, whilst many are from the V&A’s own extensive collection. These have mostly been purchased over the years, but a considerable number have been given as donations.

Good Earth are supporting the exhibition  – this seems to be the perfect collaboration ?

DP: Yes, it is ! The V&A and Good Earth are delighted that the brand is a sponsor of the exhibition. Good Earth’s celebration of the heritage of India and support of traditional crafts means they are a fitting sponsor and understand the story the V&A is trying to tell.

Will visitors also be able to purchase their products online from the V & A ?

DP: The V&A Shop are also celebrating the V&A India Festival with a beautiful range of products inspired by rich Indian culture. A range of Good Earth designs will be on sale in the V&A Shop and via vandashop.com

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There will be a series of events over the next few months for the Festival, exploring South Asia – what will this involve ?
RC: There’s lots more Festival activity. For The Fabric of India there’s a Friday Late in November, a special conference, and talks and workshops (visit vam.ac.uk/whatson for more information). We also have our next major exhibition Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection opening on 21 November, which will present around 100 spectacular objects from or inspired by the jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent.

Many thanks to Divia and Rosemary. I want their job ! :)

If you get a chance to visit during the festival  – you must go. The experience is amazing and I particularly loved the atmospheric music.

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As I mentioned a little earlier … the party at the V & A was nothing short of stunning. An aroma of pure jasmine and rose petal oils filled the room and the soft but colourful lighting was incredibly warm and elegant.

I drank alcohol free lychee cocktails ( wow,very palatable .. ) while my friend enjoyed the champagne.

Lots of women wore exquisite saris that made my eyes dance with happiness  – and there were pretty lanterns and rose petals beautifully scattered over the tables.

This was all a gift to all to the invited guests from Good Earth, the Home Decor company who are sponsoring the exhibition. I already knew of them as I have had my eye on their quilts for some time… especially the Champaka Muslin Razai one. :)

They are now established globally after being known across India for their luxury, hand crafted, unique designs. Sustaining tradition and ecology is a priority for them, which really appeals to me too. I love that each design holds a significance and has a story behind it.

I was lucky enough to take away a few of their pieces in my bag on the night. The book above is full of dreamy colours and inspiration.

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The mug is fine bone china and decorated with 24 carat gold. I’m enjoying some mint tea in it. Bliss.

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I’ve never seen sheer, delicate, cocktail napkins like this before. Do you like them ? They are in an aqua marine blue and cinnamon and hand block printed. What a treat.

Good Earth Products

Can’t wait to pop this Peacock Ornament on our Christmas tree. Apparently it is made by soldering fine wires together to make intricate lace like patterns, that originated during the Roman period. The technique is called Filigree.

How did I find out these little nuggets of information ? All of the products have a little information card with them. How cool is that ?

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post ? What kind of exhibitions inspire you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

The Fabric of India, supported by Good Earth India, with thanks to Experion and Nirav Modi, is at the V&A from 3 October, vam.ac.uk/fabricofindia

Photographs 1-7 copyright of V & A 2015. Photos 8 – 11 are taken by me – Lucy Loves Ya.

An Afternoon Swooning Over A/W Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto 2015

It has been on my bucket list for quite some time and definitely in my daydreams while I studied fashion design, to attend a catwalk with a front row seat – to be able to study every inch of the cuts, pleats and darts of garments as they swish past down the runway.

As luck would have it, Carpetright were collaborating with London Fashion Weekend at London’s Saatchi Gallery by supplying some of their carpets last week for the Catwalk Lounge and also the VIP Luxe Lounge. They very kindly invited me along to realise my dream and attend the Peter Pilotto show.

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I adore his style – the elaborate, playful patterns and contrasting colours that draw the eye in. The latest collection for Peter Pilotto A/W 2015 (London Fashion Weekend runways focus on current season) is inspired by board games and the patterns were playful and contrasting as you can see. I spent a bit of time trying to work out which games they were inspired by and pretty sure Snakes & Ladders and Chess were part of the theme. Can you spot any others ?

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It was a test on my nerves, trying to catch the models on camera as they move pretty quickly and so was very happy when I checked my camera afterwards and realised I got them pretty much in focus. I was a bit ‘ fingers and thumbs ‘ at the start because I was so excited to see the clothes.

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One question that I was asked during a vox pop interview with Carpetright was ” What is your favourite trend for the upcoming season ? ” – my answer was that, being a vintage loving girl –  Victorian shapes and high necks which you can see ,seems to represent a strong part of Peter Pilotto’s creations . There is also a definite nod towards retro with both the palettes and the A line shorter dresses. Divine !

Naturally, fashion inspires our interiors and vice versa, so it will be very interesting to see what makes it on to the high street in the home stores. I hope lots of colour and shapes inspired by this wonderful collection.

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I had such a good day and met some new blogger friends. We got on really well and it was a treat to sit and chat at Beaufort House on the Kings Road beforehand ( only I could drop a glass in such a posh venue … oops ! ) and have a hot chocolate and ‘ post catwalk ‘ catch up afterwards.

Oh, did I forget to mention that a Markus Lupfer WOW jumper fell in to my hands during the LFW shopping part of the day ? Well, one purchase was perfectly acceptable, right ? You will spot it on my Instagram any day now …

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Many thanks to Carpetright for the invite and such a wonderful goody bag. The colourful Joules scarf will come in handy this Autumn, it’s so soft  – and amongst the other gifts were some delicious sweets.

Who is your favourite designer or brand for fashion and interiors ? Do you have a style that you are enjoying at the moment ? Leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog – I would love to hear from you …

Lucy x

All photos are taken by Lucy Loves Ya.

Go West … Life Is Colourful There …

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We’ve just had the most lovely week in the West Country. We have been looking forward to it for ages. Funny how you spend ages feeling excited about a holiday for weeks and then suddenly you’re looking back at it.

It did rain. A lot. But it didn’t stop us getting out and about locally but mainly from swimming as much as possible.

One of the places that I was most wanting to visit was Bristol. I’ve never been but had heard that it is my kind of place. It really is. Next time I go, will be for a collaboration and I will get more time to take some images to post here. More on that soon.

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Luckily, because it was a tad cool in the week and definitely warmer clothing weather on several of the days, I had my new coat with me. I was standing looking at the lush pastures around The Tor in Glastonbury when a couple walked by. The man said ” Ooh I love your jacket ” … which felt nice as it was my first outing with it on.

It’s the classic Ledbury style from Boden and is a pastel shade of green. It fits like a glove and it’s nice to try a colour that I don’t normally wear. This season it is also comes in Charcoal Melange and Navy.  It’s a dress up or casual coat – and ideal for days like this one for skinny jeans and pumps.

I love the shape and the style – what do you think ?

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know my total love for gorgeous front doors and Bristol didn’t disappoint. I loved this yellow one. Might have to change ours again ! You will also see lots more photos from the last week of us out and about.

I would love to hear of any recommendations for Bristol for my next upcoming visit. Shops, restaurants and anywhere interesting for a colour lover to check out. Please leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Have a good one.

Lucy x

This post is in collaboration with Boden. All opinions my own.

Photography by Andrew Henderson.

My Colour Inspiration on Instagram

Cath Kidston Dress Happy New Year to you. Did you have a good one ? I hope you did.

After my last blog post – I wasted no time in getting the Bus dress that I had my eye on. You may have seen it on my Instagram account. I’ve uploaded loads of pics on there over Christmas.

Here are a few ‘ Colour Inspiration ‘  images from the last few weeks …

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I tend to post something each day on Instagram – so if you love a bit of colour, like me – then click here to see more. :)

Have a great start to 2015 – it’s the weekend already – Ye Ha !

Lucy x

Pocketful of dreams … Part 2

IMG_0652The second day started off with a trip to Macy’s to buy a few little gifts for family and erm, well…. a pair of Nike boots that confirm I am defiintely still a child at heart ! NY3

Being as we were both flying home later that day we thought a really nice way to spend the afternoon would be at Central Park. So we had some lunch which was absolutely delicious, the name of the place escapes me. NY4 Andy knew of a toy store called FAO Schwarz right nearby – and he was right in thinking it would rock my world ! They obviously have excellent buyers there – every product looked good and well presented. Not too much stuff all bunged together, if you know what I mean ? I’m kicking myself now that I didn’t get the Hello Kitty IPhone case – or the leopard print suitcase… or the Wonder Woman book… Damn it ! My daughters would’ve loved the Jim Henson puppet workshop going on there and the whole floor of sweets. I highly recommend this place if you’e ever close by the park. IMG_0582

We stumbled across a really excllent soul band playing nearby and I loved the fact that people were being really generous, popping their dollars on their tin. They deserved every single one !

 

As we headed back to the Hotel to get ourselves together it started to rain, which was refreshing and felt like good timing to head to the Airport. I’ve never been on the Subway before and you have to be on the ball down there ! I have to say though, I found everyone really courteous.. which is not always the case in London.

Going back to my comment in part 1 – it has been a really good, much needed break. It’s hard work on occasion being a Mum. It’s the best thing I have ever done, don’t get me wrong – but, you can forget what you stand for at times. It’s good to have a few days to get your head together, have fun and focus again. You could say that it’s has been a good kick up the derriere. :)

I am cracking on now with starting my online store. It will be at Etsy shop to begin with while I work on my website. I’m also writing a book and it has really helped for ideas with that too. Watch this space …..

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