A few weeks back, I finally got the chance to get myself down to the Fashion & Textile Museum to see their latest exhibition: Riviera Style. I know I have been a tad light on the blog posts lately, in the middle of the month I came down with a heavy-duty summer cold. At first I thought it may have been hayfever, so I was wrongly taking hayfever medication to try to sort it out. By the time I realised it was not hayfever, it had fully taken a hold of my system. So I was a bit out of action for a little while, as my immune system is already weakened and put under daily strain from my chronic health condition. As you can imagine, I do all I can to NOT GET ILL, as I know it takes me aggges to shift it! Over 2 weeks later, I still have some symptoms of the ghastly cold, but hopefully it will shift fully soon.
Anyway, back to Riviera Style! I had never been to the Fashion & Textile Museum, indeed, I had never been to London Bridge (the nearest tube station to the museum). Stepping out the tube station in itself was a tad overwhelming, as it is smack-bang in central London, with neck-achingly tall buildings and busy roads greeting me. The museum was a little further from the tube station than I thought it would be, but it was still only around an 8 minute walk.
As I have developed a recent obsession with the 1930s, in particular beach pyjamas (swoon! Also, expect more ramblings about beach pyjamas soon dears..) this exhibition looked right up my street. In truth, I found the exhibition absolutely marvellous, and I am so so glad I went! There were a few pairs of beloved beach pyjamas, in all their billowing glory, Edwardian two-pieces, 1920s swimming costumes, beauty queen swimsuits of the 1950s; and much more.
I also loved the curation and display of the exhibition space itself, spilt onto two levels, the ground floor is partly set out like a swimming pool – complete with beach towels! The upper level showcases 1950s swimsuits and beach sets, and is set out like a beauty pageant line-up. So delightful, and really helped to capture the whimsy and joy of being by the seaside, enjoying a holiday.
I put together a report of the exhibition over on The Vintage News, which includes more pictures than I have included here if you would like to see more!
The exhibition has actually been extended, originally it was due to close at the end of August, but is now running until 13th September 2015. View the details on their website here.
Until next time dears!