Ram’s Place Fashion by the Barbican

I went to a great event on Saturday 12 July organised by the Barbican, with VOGUE GOES ROGUE and the extraordinary Lyall Hakaraia leading a folk art-inspired fashion procession and ceremony, alongside work by designers Craig LawrenceLouize Harries and Laura Shepherd.

Ram's Place Nicola Bowery Craig Lawrence Craig Lawrence 2

 

Giant handmade totems by Lyall Hakaraia, Craig Lawrence, Louize Harries and Laura Shepherd paraded through East London from the Barbican to Ram’s Place in Hackney, followed by talks from Nicola Bowery (Leigh Bowery’s wife) and Lyall Hakaraia, music from folk singers and entertainment from drag act Jonny Woo.

The market was on from 12 – 20 July 2014, Ram Place (off Morning Lane)

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?id=16304

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Bailey and Gaultier

Every now and again I decide to cycle around central London for the day visiting exhibitions and catching up on culture.

Bailey’s Stardust, National Portrait Gallery, 6 February – 1 June 2014

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bailey/exhibition.php

On my recent visit I decided to go to Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery and Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican. Two people I love and two galleries I love, the former for it’s architecture and grandeur and the latter for it’s exciting fashion exhibitions and it’s brutalist architecture. Cycling into very central London is always quite scary for me even though I cycle into Kings Cross, where I work most days, past there the roads get bigger and busier, bus lanes get busier and faster and drivers get angrier! The Stardust show was worth the scary ride though, lots of images of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, blah blah blah oh and David Bowie and Mick Jaggar, Seal, but what really blew me away was the room of portraits from Papua New Guinea and Mozambique. These were beautiful and personal and delicate. I thought it was a real shame Bailey only photographed Aboriginals from Brisbane and Cairns and not their holy lands in traditional costume, I think he would have got so much from a visit to the outback. But Australia is huge and also Aboriginals are opposed to having their photos taken I think, I just think they could have been captured in a beautiful way like the people of PNG and Mozambique. The other amazing room was the family portraits, I just thought it was a window into his family life and I thought it was a real honour to be invited in.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=14772

The Gaultier show at the Barbican was completely different, very interactive, you could take photos and hashtag them so that they became part of an online conversation, taking the exhibition to a whole new level. I loved this, but I’m sure some people find it takes away the special feeling of visiting the show in person. I loved the different ways of displaying Gaultier’s creativity and was amazed about how many forms this took, Spitting Image on TV, illustrations, clothing, film, etc. The exhibition inspired me to learn more about Gaultier and his muses.

A thoroughly amazing and inspiring day!

Barbican mannequins Gaultier JPGaultier Gaultier2

Exhibitions I’d like to see before Christmas!

World Press Photo at the Festival Hall is an annual exhibition of the worlds best press photos. On until 5 December.

Move: Choreographing You, performance installation at the Hayward, on until 9 January, £10

Lucy and Jorge Orta at the Natural History Museum, art documenting trip to Amazonian rainforest, free ends 12 December.

Gauguin at the Tate Modern until 16 January

Bridget Riley on at the National Portrait Gallery until 20 march

Treasures from Budapest: European masterpieces from Leonardo to Schiele at the Royal Academy, ends 12 December, £12

Newspeak: British art now – part II, Saatchi Gallery, free til 16 January

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929, ends 9 January at the V&A, £10

Shadow-catchers: camera-less photography at the V&A until 20 February, £5

Poussin to Seurat: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland at the Wallace Collection until 3 January, free.

Another World: Dali, Magritte, Miro, and the Surrealists, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh until 9 January, £7