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Alexander McQueen Exhibition at the V&A Museum

 

Hey my little darling kitties, 

I want to say beautiful words of love to you, this sunshine makes me want to bill and coo, and give out lemonade at my stand-on-wheels in the streets of the Sentier neighborhood, all afternoon long, instead of working. This weather we are having is like fuel for the neurons! Today I would like to tell you about, without giving it all away, the most beautiful exhibition that I have ever had the fortune to see, in an exclusive sneak preview, at the V&A Museum (Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL), a retrospective of the works of Alexander McQueen.

To be honest, I knew of the work of this famous Englishman, without really knowing it after all. Upon seeing the exhibition, I truly discovered the extent of his work, and was blown away by his heightened sensitivity…Truth be told, I have rarely been so astonished.

 

Alexander McQueen Exhibition at the V&A Museum

 

These collections are not articles you would wear in everyday, real life. But they are gifts to humanity. Seriously. If you ask me, he was a true artist, and yes there are many people with talent, but for me, he was more than that. In my opinion, artists are people who create beauty, who tell stories, who make us want their precision and beauty to remain unaltered, everlasting throughout the centuries. At the exhibition, you can see how his work became crazier and crazier, his perspective blended and merged his inspirations, and it’s a tribute to the craftsmanship and skill he put into action in order to relay his message.

 

Alexander McQueen Exhibition at the V&A Museum

 

If I’m talking about the exhibition itself, I thought it was perfect, a flawless presentation. There were many rooms which paid tribute to various periods and inspirations of Alexander McQueen. There were two rooms in particular that I just fell in love with, an enormous room completely compartmentalized into wooden boxes, inside of which were screens showing projections of old shows, as well as mannequins and accessories, this room was called the Cabinet of Curiosities, for me it was just like a box of chocolates. Everything was exquisite, every detail highlighted, celebrating his meticulous and extraordinary work with different materials. And my breath was taken away a second time when in the room leading up to a hologram of Kate Moss trapped in a glass pyramid. Oh yes, you read it right, impossible to get a picture, but I’ll leave that surprise intact for you. And the second room, covered in a mosaic of mirror facets, with spinning mannequins, reflections to infinity, all that to the soothing sounds of a cute song by Bjork. There you have it, that’s all it took to get the tears flowing!

 

Alexander McQueen Exhibition at the V&A Museum

 

I was lucky to discover this exhibition thanks to Eurostar and its 2 for 1 program: a program which allows you to gain free entrance to certain exhibitions by simply showing your Eurostar tickets! Attractive offer, right? Here is a list of participating museums.  

Big kisses, and I’m off! By the way, I’ll be in London tomorrow and if I have a bit of time, I think I might let myself be swept away once again…And how about you, have you been to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais or that of Jeanne Lanvin at Palais Galleria?

Translated by Ida Driscoll

 

 

 

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DIY PIECE BY PIECE

 

Hello my little kitties,

I know had promised you a Happy Friday but unfortunately I am confined to my bed, just goes to show how Springtime doesn’t only bring good things… So today, a simple and efficient DIY: the idea came to me a few months ago when I saw a woman wearing a hat at the Chanel runway show, and at that moment, my heart went BOOM! These little coins, in addition to adding real personality to the hat, jingled when she walked, I was hypnotized like a child hearing the sweet sound of the ice cream truck! Without a second thought, I added it to my list of DIYs to publish. Today I am sharing my technique with you, it’s very simple, a bit time-consuming but I’m sure that won’t stop you!

 

DIY PIECE BY PIECE

 

Cost: 10€ not counting the hat
Time needed: 2 hours or 2 good episodes of Game Of Thrones
Difficulty level: Easy and efficient!  

 

DIY PIECE BY PIECE 

For this DIY, you will need:

  • A hat, here’s an Asos,
  • An awl (for making holes) or a thick needle,
  • Silver rods (like long, thin nails)
  • Small silver rings,
  • Coins with holes (you can find some at Jacky perles, 38 rue Pastourelle 75003)
  • Cutting pliers,
  • Flat-nose pliers.

To get started, take your awl and make your first hole. 

 

DIY PIECE BY PIECE

 

 Thread a rod into the hole and then, using your cutting pliers, cut it 1cm from the edge.

 

DIY PIECE BY PIECE

 

Wrap the rod around itself, using your flat-nose pliers, to form a ring. Now take a silver ring, open it and place the coin onto it.

 

DIY PIECE BY PIECE

 

Attach the ring with the coin to the ring on the hat, clasp them together well! Continue in this fashion, we used the seams of the hat as guidelines, one coin for every 3 stitches, up to you depending on the hat you use.

Go for it, good luck, you know that the result will be great and that you’ll find something great to watch while you do this, until the moment of the much-awaited: Ta-Da !!

 

DIY PIECE BY PIECE

 

And now, without any further ado, here are the results you’ve all been waiting for!! A thousand thanks for your participation, it’s always a pleasure to read your anecdotes and enthusiastic remarks, and I’d like to congratulate the winners, you can send us an email at hellomakemylemonade@gmail.com.

The winner of the Introductory Embroidering course at School of Lesage is Anna MGT and her embroidered foulard!

The winner of the Jimmy Fairly x Make My Lemonade contest is Djelissa La Binocle! 

Translated by Ida Driscoll

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