One room of the display is dedicated entirely to designer's sketches, all of which are guaranteed to induce serious cases of admiration - and maybe a sprinkling of envy. Speaking as someone who is physically incapable of drawing anything other than perfectly plump cats and pigs, I found this room packed full with elegant illustrations to be particularly inspiring.
Before leaving the exhibition after about 90 minutes of 'oohs' and 'aahs', a few more flamboyant surprises were delivered including dazzling headdresses, a Lobby Boy hat from the incredible Grand Budapest Hotel film and most strikingly, this year's Fairy costume designed by Jonathan Lipman for Dressed by Angels. For the last twenty years, the company's emblem has been a fairy and in keeping with that, this year's fairy-costume vision was sprinkled with a dash of 'modern magic' without losing the expected elements of traditional beauty. I mean, if that doesn't make you want your old fairy costumes and accessories back from when you were eight, I don't know what could.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed this brief walk through parts of Dressed by Angel's history as much as I have! Needless to say, considering there are over 100 costumes on display to study and admire, there's much more to experience along with videos and further information - consider this to be the starter to the main course. If you're interested in visiting the fabulous Dressed by Angels Exhibition (175 Years of Costumes), more information can be found here and tickets can be purchased for designated time slots over the next three months. Enjoy!
Dressed by Angels
Old Truman Brewery,
15 Hanbury Street,
London, E1 6QR
Note: I was provided with complementary tickets for this exhibition, however all opinions are my own.