Art: Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams

Dior

Dior. For many women, the four-letter word exudes iconic, feminine, aspirational – the list can go on. It is easy to understand when the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (“V&A”) announced their upcoming Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams exhibition there was much furore; so much so that the exhibition had to be extended to 1 September 2019, and even then, the tickets are all sold out

So far, there has been a mixed reception with some critics noting “style over substance” highlighting the display failed to set the scene and did not match the history of Dior with the social economic climate of the times. Others, have showered it with praise and described it as a wonderful show of Monsieur Dior’s fairytale; some even go as far to describe it as “the greatest fashion show the V&A has ever staged”.

Given the difficulty in obtaining the tickets to the exhibition, expectations were high. Located in the newly built and cavernous Sainsbury’s Gallery, with structural curves to die for. The new space was a welcomed changed to previous fashion exhibitions, such as Balencigia and Fashioned from Nature, where they were located in a dark corner of the museum.

The start of the exhibition centres around the iconic New Look with the Bar Suit. A white boxy suit jacket with an impossibly cinched (pretty sure it was the width of my one thigh!) and the voluminous skirts, which was a dramatic departure from the fabric rationing during the war period. The exhibition vaguely moves from the history of Dior fashion house starting with 1946 at Avenue Montaigne and ending with the final runway piece of 2019 by the inspirational Maria Grazia Chiuri. Personally, she is my favourite creative director in the history Dior, with her debut giving tribute to the iconic Dior “New Look”. Noting sadly that my body shape would ever fit into the ultra nipped waists of the look, one can still dream of the whimsical skirts of tulle.

As you walk through the exhibition navigating between dimly lit rooms to the beautifully decorated, such as the “flower” room by the design studio Wanda Barcelona and the finale Ball Room, one can’t help to be mesmerised. However, it was difficult to follow the theme throughout as each room seemed independent and did not flow onto the next. Each room was aesthetically pleasing and each garment beautifully displayed but it failed to share much detail on the pieces. The overall experience felt like an extravagant fashion show with mannequins, where guests had to walk around and fight for a closer view. Ultimately, the exhibition failed to tell a story.

Despite this, undoubtedly, there were elements of the show which made the visit worthwhile. It was an opportunity to see these beautiful garments up close and admire the details, where one would not have had a chance otherwise. The innovative styles, the intricate stitching and the structure of garments honour not only the designers but the ateliers who turned sketches to exquisite and alluring pieces of art. For those who have tickets to the exhibition, you have plenty to look forward to and it is worth the wait!

The Pineapple Chicken gives the exhibition a 4 out of 5 pineapples. Have any of you been yet? What were your favourite pieces? As always, I would love to hear from you!

With Sweet & Sour Love,

Pineapple Chicken x

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Travel: Edinburgh Day 2

Sorry you had to wait so long for my next post, I think I am getting to an age where time flies so quickly that I lose track of myself! Welcome to the second installment of my Edinburgh trip!

Breakfast @ Mum’s Great Comfort Food

The morning started off with me craving for a greasy fry up, which I always associated with a Sunday morning.  I think it is was because when I was younger, Mum with Grandma always took my sister and I to the local cafe for an English Breakfast with a cup of Builder’s Tea. There is something so satisfying about eggs, sausages and beans … and do not forget the hash browns as well.

The generic white mug with tea.

The nostalgia – the ultimate comfort food.

Brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

I did a bit of research and one name came up time and time again, and that of course, was Mum’s Great Comfort Food. We just got there are the right time as it was starting to get quite busy; mainly with people nursing hangovers. There was an 80s vibe with a retro TV in the corner and blasting some old school tunes.  At this point I was pretty excited and super hungry!

We sat down and quickly ordered the Mum’s Classic Breakfast (MUMS plain pork sausage, egg, Stornoway black pudding, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, Heinz Beans, toast and potato scone) and Mum’s Veggie Classic for myself (Pretty much the same above but with Veggie sausage and no black pudding) both for £8.50 each. Personally, I thought this was rather expensive, given there are some places where you can get it super cheap in London with pretty similar surroundings. However, I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

The chilled out vibes of the cafe equated to a very slow service. It got to a stage where my sister and I got super hangry and just stopped talking altogether. The food arrived and it was sadly disappointing. My egg was already broken with the yellow yolk miserably spreading across the the plate. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of food on the plate, but it was not as satisfying as I hoped it to be. I was also slightly sad that I didn’t get hash browns. I thought the potato scone was a poor substitute. Though, having never tried before, it was no bad at all. Overall, Mum’s only receives 2 out of 5 pineapples from me.

Iconic Edinburgh Castle

Though it was disappointing start to the day, the sun had started shining and we made our way to the beautiful Edinburgh Castle! I cannot express how excited I was having seen it the day before and the ultra blue skies (which I have heard is very rare in Scotland hehe), I just couldn’t wait! We walked back to Royal Mile, swarming with tourists and the sounds of the bagpipes and made the short walk uphill to the castle.

When seeing it for the first time, it brought a smile to my face. The flags flapping in the wind and its castle walls is just something from a fairy tale filled with knights and armour. The only downside, as with many tourist spots, it was full of tourists (including ourselves). There was a bit of shuffling and shoving but overall it was a lovely experience. It is worth the entry price (£17 per adult), which I recommend to buy online beforehand so you don’t have to queue (which was really long) for a ticket when you arrive. There was a lot to see and very well maintained. The great hall being one of the most beautiful room in the castle.

The views from the top of the castle gave a clear 360 degree view of Edinburgh. I didn’t realise how close Edinburgh was to thee coast. After a hour and half wandering around and missing the view of the sea, my sister and I were inspired to do the Three Bridges Tour just so we could see the coast!  I thoroughly enjoyed the castle and should not be missed whilst you are there!

Three Bridges

I love seeing the sea, as a Londoner, I don’t really spend my time near the water, even with the River Thames running through. I had not planned to do a super touristy bus tour but realised that this was probably the most hassle free way to reach the the coast, and also learn a few facts on the way! Next to the station, we hopped into the bus tour company and bought tickets for the Bus and Boat tour of the Forth Bridges. It was £20 per person, including the boat tour, which I thought is pretty awesome given it meant that we would actually be out in the water.

I don’t have much knowledge of architecture or even Scottish history, so this was something that was a bit out of my comfort zone. I was so glad I went on the tour though. It was really unexpected and the bridges are beautiful, my favourite being the Forth Rail Bridge which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Passing underneath it by boat just gives it a very different perspective. Though the best thing I saw was definitely the harbour seals, which I did not expect at all. They were so inquisitive and cute as they popped their heads out of the water to inspect the boat.

The bus tour and boat tour itself was based on prerecorded audio guides which made it feel a bit like a school trip. Though having said that it was a great afternoon out and managed to get us back in time for our flight back to London. What more can one ask for!

Feel free to ask my any questions below on the trip, I would love to hear your recommendations as I am sure I will be back to Edinburgh! Hopefully, it will coincide with a trip to the Scottish Highlands and to see Nessie!

With Sweet and Sour Love,

Pineapple Chicken x