Thanks so much for the lovely comments after last week’s blog where I said, ‘Ageing? Not sure about this lark!’ But I’m over that and I think it’s just a birthday thing.
Here’s a selfie I took two days ago to just show you how the wrinkles are now part of me, which was one of the many reasons why I wasn’t too happy on my birthday. But today, I’m fine, and fine about the wrinkles as goodness knows I’ve earned them. Mind you, it’s probably the angle with which I took the selfie that makes them so prominent and I must re-read Gail, of Is This Mutton, giving some great tips on taking selfies and outfit shots.
Now where was that photo taken? OK, the secret is out, it was the member’s room in the Victoria & Albert museum. Yes, we had a trip to London to see the wonderful exhibition Fashioning Masculinities: the Art of Menswear. It really was a humdinger of an exhibition and I absolutely loved it. Men’s fashion has changed over the centuries from the 16th and 17th Centuries where wealthy men wore frills and lace and extraordinarily near-feminine clothes and, you’d think, this type of clothing would never be worn today, and yet and yet, today some men are rapidly becoming peacocks what with them wearing frocks and non-specific gender clothes. And if you thought how original, no, not at all as we could see from the exhibition that it’s all been done before. Men have worn outrageously frothy and feminine clothes in the past and they’re doing it again. And good for them.
But to start from the beginning. I wore that black charity shop dress with the underskirt and the asymmetric hem as it was definitely a day to wear a dress that didn’t touch the sides. Here I am in Victoria waiting for the bus.
Currently we have 4 days of really hot weather before it all goes back to our usual mild weather!
That mustard jacket wasn’t needed, but we’d started out early and I can never believe that I don’t need anything over the arms. Btw, I know that over the pond you do need something to cover the arms when you go into the freezing air conditioned shops and public transport. Here in the UK we don’t do a lot of air con and, certainly on this trip, I don’t think anything had air con and it was blooming hot everywhere. So another time I shall take a larger backpack and wear a thin cardi, which will be popped into the bag when it gets too hot. The backpack I’m wearing was a recent charity shop find, it’s hardly been used as it’s pristine and in my favourite colour too! It cost £5.00.
How about this for starters? It’s Marlene Dietrich’s suit. The curators were keen to show that women can emulate men’s attire and she was the perfect example.
How about these?
The gold brocade cape is a Dolce Gabbana, and the black coat is a Gianni Versace. Either side of the exhibits were paintings of men wearing similar clothes in the early 17th Century for the coat and the 16th Century for the cape.
But oh how I loved the quirky, the gender-bending clothes on display.
And what about this?
So beautiful and worn by Billy Porter at the Golden Globes in 2019.
The photo doesn’t capture the sparkles. It was divine.
It wasn’t all gender-bending.
These outfits were all about the trend for tweed.
I’d wear this in a flash.
However, the bodice has absolutely no tucks or darts to allow for bosoms so don’t think I can – what a shame as the material is sublime.
Who likes Timothy Chalamet? He’s worn this.
The exhibition ended in a room with loud music and psychedelic flashing lights.
Just look closer at the three dresses worn by young men displayed in the room.
And the second one.
And finally a dress recently worn by our very own Harry Styles. That’s Mr F in the background who accompanied me around the exhibition. He found it really interesting and enjoyed the whole day out but boy was it hot! We Brits don’t do hot weather all that well!
Hats off to the young men wearing these clothes – I really admire them. Do you?
That’s all for now, I shall come off cloud nine shortly to write another blog centred on my more mundane charity shop fashion!
But until then, with love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper