First of all, hello and a very big welcome to those of you’ve come over from the Look Fabulous Forever blog for a visit and decided to stay.  It’s great to meet you all and thank you for following!  Yes, Tricia Cusden asked me to contribute a piece I wrote last year on that tricky subject of unwanted hair.  Do go over to her site and have a look at that – and her make-up – which I highly recommend.

Well, I did say things would return to normal by the end of the week (after my rant about ageism and the shrinking state).  But instead of writing I went up to London to the lovely Victoria & Albert museum to see the totally amazing Pink Floyd exhibition: Their Mortal Remains.

I take my hat off to the V&A as unlike a lot of museums (that can be rather precious and stuffy) it really does tap into popular culture.   The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and we were practically first in the queue.  This is inside the V&A and quite near the entrance to the exhibition, but when we arrived we’d found two huge queues snaking down the steps and around along the side of the building. Apparently there were far more people attempting to get in than they expected.  But, you know, it was well publicised.

Note the grey hair and age of some of the people.  Yes, we were young once and into psychedelia in a big way!  Well, I was, anyway!

The whole experience was exquisitely immersive. I mean in my view, the V&A’s David Bowie exhibition reached heights that no other museum has exceeded.  But this exhibition was up there with the Bowie and I loved every single minute of it.  In fact both these exhibitions have spoilt my appreciation of traditional art exhibitions.  Because, as I go round what is often an expensive ticketed art exhibition, I find myself at the end of the 45 minutes or so thinking, is that it?  Well, just like the Bowie we were at the Pink Floyd exhibition for two and half hours, listening through headphones, experiencing the light displays and feeling the power of their music.

I’m out of it!

However, the thing about the Bowie exhibition was that his genius was spread over many genres, and I spent a lot of my time at that exhibition drooling over the costumes and clothes he designed.  This was the only cabinet that had any of Pink Floyd’s  clothes, but nevertheless, that’s mighty fine hat!

We probably made a mistake going to this on its first day of opening – it was very crowded and I got so hot!  Fortunately I wore layers, which were peeled off as I went round the exhibition.

The day had begun with rain and I left my house with that new (charity shop) short trench coat, the white beret (also charity shop) and a scarf (not charity shop). The black trousers came from Peacocks, so cost not a lot, and those amazing and very comfortable flats came from my favourite shoe shop, Schuh!

After the exhibition we visited a furniture store; one that had neat, retro furniture that will look great in our new abode, which is tiny.  Here’s me trying one of their pieces out.

Hmm, that’s definitely on my wish list!

That’s all for now, but do tell me your fave band from the past.

With love, Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. A big thank you also to those of you who popped over to My Other Blog.  It really does need an up-date, and is my next priority.  I have two posts buzzing around in my head.  One will be on the coming election, and another longer one will be on the death of civil society, which will encompass more of Polly Toynbee’s talk, plus other stuff I have been reading up on over the past few weeks.  The election piece will be posted shortly, the one on the shrinking state will take longer.

P.P.S Sharing with:

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her weekly iwillwearwhatilike session

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and Visible Monday


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12 thoughts on “Out and about in London – again!

  • 16th May 2017 at 8:11 am

    I adore the V&A. But I don’t like the kind of casual philistinism which decrees that ‘a lot of museums … can be rather precious and stuffy’. When I go to see a painting by, say, Velasquez, it’s because I’m interested in his work. I don’t need all-singing, all dancing entertainment to go along with it. It isn’t his fault that he was born and worked a long time ago. He just isn’t part of popular culture!
    Museums and galleries have to respect their exhibits, which the V&A does very imaginatively, but popularising and dumbing-down are distracting annoyances if they’re not appropriate to the exhibits. For those who are generally intimidated by museums and galleries, they would be better learning something about art and history, and not visiting museums unless their interest is actively engaged. In the Louvre recently, I was almost crushed to death, mainly by people who, I suspect, had no real idea why they were there except that it was on the list of attractions in their tour guide. I would say that an exhibition of paintings should be exactly as you describe, an ‘art exhibition’.

    • 16th May 2017 at 8:51 am

      Ah well. I have very broad and wide tastes and my preference is yes, for popular culture, and the big exhibitions of David Bowie, and now this one, are absolutely and totally for the likes of me. I will admit to being just a bit too quick to say that a lot of museums can be precious and stuffy. It was an easy thing to write. I don’t go to a lot of museums and who am I to judge.

      What I do like to do is go to art exhibitions. And like you I truly object to paying a lot of money for a timed ticketed event and then being crushed by a huge numbers of crowds (the Pink Floyd crowds felt appropriate in a way, they were different). I’m tall and can usually see the painting but I have been with shorter friends and it was impossible for them to see anything. As a result, in far too many I’ve attended I’ve gone round quickly and have felt really short-changed by the event. I suspect the best way to get round this is to go on a guided tour. At the RA’s Revolution: Russian Art we had a tour – despite the crowds it was illuminating and gave everyone far greater insight into the context surrounding the art.

  • 16th May 2017 at 8:29 am

    I remember seeing Pink Floyd twice: once at the London College of Fashion, and again at the Middle Earth Club in Covent Garden. Psychedelic oil bubbles!

    • 16th May 2017 at 8:35 am

      Honestly – I loved that whole thing of psychedelia and the oil bubbles – everything!

  • 16th May 2017 at 10:22 am

    Museums and galleries are for a wide range of forms and cultures – and ‘old masters’ are just as important as ‘modern works’.
    Though I do feel about some, well alot, of modern art is..’pretentious? Moi?’ and get no thrill from watching a ‘fork go round and round on a turnstile’ or some such drivel.
    The Pink Floyd exhibitions sounds interesting. Tis on my list. Lucky people who have seen ‘the real thing’ I have only seen a pretend band being Pink Floyd (though I have other Greats).

    But I go to galleries to get ‘soothed and inspired’ so will usually just concentrate on one room a visit.

    I am like Janina Ramirez (have you seen her programme now on TV? She said there were tourists who wanted to see the art and ‘cruise ship tourists’ ) Had a really gastly experince in The Hermitage. I was there on an art history visit, and about 200 cruise ship tourist came walking through taking photos (you could not see anything but a sea of heads with iphones held aloft to take photos of paintings) then another 100 tourists came through, then another 200, It went on and on and on.
    It seems to me that there is a new breed of gallery visitor who really only values the expereince through elecronic gadgets.
    Grumpy old woman ends rant.

    • 20th May 2017 at 8:11 am

      I’ve just seen a prog on St. Petersburg on BBC4 which looks at 3 cities and their art/culture and yes, it was Janina Ramirez! I was so jealous at their solitary ramble around the Hermitage and other parts of the city. I’ve done that ubiquitous cruise tour of St Petersburg and that quick look at the Hermitage. Actually it started off well as we got up at the crack of dawn and were on the coach at 8.0am and were the first visitors – it might even have been before visitors were allowed in??? Anyway for the first 2 hours it was great and the guided tour was everything you would want it to be. But the last hour – when we suddenly came into the main galleries. My word, the scrum, the crowd, it was impossible, even me, who towered over the Japanese tourists. Just. Awful. My jealousy of Janina Ramirez extended to their knowledge of the city and the different, untouristy places they went to – they really had the best of St. Petersburg.

      Also can I say that trip on the big river – didn’t enjoy it crammed into a boat with a load of other people and it was choppy. We were pointed out things and places which seemed a long way off from the middle of the river. Felt a bit unsafe!

      The best modern art exhibition I’ve been to was that of Miro at the Tate Modern – went twice. It was wonderful.

      • 20th May 2017 at 9:34 am

        Tourists? I watched programme on Egypt and the guide said sadly ‘When people arrived here 50 years ago they were interested in the tombs and history and had read about it. Now the tourists only want to have a look and then they want to buy souvenirs’.
        So I am grumpy tourist who thinks that people should sit a test before they travel with such basic questions as ‘Where (geographically) is the place you are travelling to?’ ‘What is the currency’ ”What language do they speak?’ and then….’What are the politics of that country?’ ‘What is the main religion in that country?’

        • 25th May 2017 at 7:26 am

          Always discover the context – agree totally. Although I have to say that you can also learn from travel and exhibitions. I didn’t know a lot about Miro, for instance. That was a good learning experience, as they say 😉

  • 16th May 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I would go, if I could cross the pond – I have always loved their music and found it transports me. Bravo to you for bearing with the lines and crowds! thanks for sharing with Vis Monday, xox


    • 25th May 2017 at 7:27 am

      Maybe the exhibition will travel across the pond – do hope so. Thank you for hosting, Patti x

  • 24th May 2017 at 7:31 am

    I LOVED the Bowie exhibition, it raised the bar for any future exhibitions. But I was an avid fan of his since 1972. I loved the lime green blouse in your image from the Pink Floyd exhibition. My husband was a fan of theirs but I couldn’t persuade him to go. Now I think I might go after all.

    • 25th May 2017 at 7:29 am

      Do go to the exhibition – you’ll love it. Doesn’t quite go up to the heights of Bowie but who could! That was Bowie. But the actual exhibition and the way it’s set out is strikingly similar and just as enjoyable.

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