Inspired by Rothschild Species

Creatures & Creations: Art by Platon H and designs by Mary Katrantzou inspired by Rothschild species, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, until 29th October 2017 (Wed-Sun)

Lionel Walter Rothschild and a tortoise, early 20th century;
Waddesdon (Rothschild Family) Photo © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

The inspiration for this exhibition that combines digital art, fashion and animal specimens is Walter, 2nd Lord Rothschild and nephew of Waddesdon’s builder Ferdinand. Walter who lived at Tring Park. He was fascinated by natural sciences – birds, butterflies and giant tortoises. He even had zebras trained to draw his carriage. He was held in esteem and many species – creatures and plants – were named after him and known as ‘Rothschildi’.

Creatures & Creations, Waddesdon Manor.
Photo Derek Pelling (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

 

Designs by Mary Katrantzou, Creatures and Creations, Waddesdon Manor.
Photo Mike Fear (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor (50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourteen Rothschild species – birds, butterflies and insects – have been the inspiration for the Greek artist Platon H’s digital collages which use their abstract natural patterns while the noted fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has created three couture gowns that celebrate the beauty of their nature. Combine this with specimens from the Natural History Museum at Tring, originally founded by Walter and opened in 1892 and it is an exhibition of wide appeal and imagination!

Galapagos Giant Tortoise from Tring Natural History Museum, Creatures and Creations, Waddesdon Manor.
Photo Mike Fear (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor (14)

waddesdon.org.uk

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring

 

London Fashion Month – celebrated!

Those of you walking past the large railway arch window of the retail design agency gpstudio at 74 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 will most likely have had your attention drawn by the remarkable decoration painted on it.

It is the work of the fashion illustrator Jacqueline Bissett who was approached by gpstudio to illustrate her take on what she had seen at some of the London Fashion Week Shows – think House of Holland, Armani, Bottega Veneta and Havva!

gpstudio’s Gregor Jackson said: ‘Fashion illustrator and artist Jaqueline Bissett’s painting on our Arch Window has blown us away and attracted much attention. As an artist Jacqueline is a perfect match for us bridging fashion, art and retail. We were thrilled to have her paint live at gpstudio for Fashion Month.’

 

You will be able to see it until 14th April 2017.

 

http://www.jacquelinebissett.com/

gpstudio.uk.com

A HUGUENOT LEGACY

Fabric of the City, Cass Bank Gallery, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1, until 31st July 2015

Fabric of the City (c)Stephen Blunt

Fabric of the City
(c)Stephen Blunt

While this may not appeal to all it is an interesting exhibition in that it celebrates the heritage of Spitalfields which thanks to the influx of Huguenots became the leading textile centre in the 17th and 18th centuries. Indeed as I write this I see a fragment of an exquisite mid-18th century Spitalfields silk dress hanging on the wall in front of me.

Fabric of the City (c)Stephen Blunt

Fabric of the City
(c)Stephen Blunt

Hosted by the The Cass, London Metropolitan University the show has been curated by their course leader Gina Pierce who invited 14 leading East London-based textile and fashion designers to take part. These designers have created unique pieces that reflect and carry on the traditions of the Huguenot weavers in our present age.

Fabric of the City (c)Stephen Blunt

Fabric of the City
(c)Stephen Blunt

 

Fabric of the City Exhibitors:

 

Opening hours (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat) 12-4

(Thurs) 12-8

Fabric of the City (c)Stephen Blunt

Fabric of the City
(c)Stephen Blunt

http://www.thecass.com

 

GUY BOURDIN – 2 “TAKES”

Here is “take” 1

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker, Embankment Galleries, South Wing, Somerset House, London WC2, until 15th March 2015

Guy Bourdin  Vogue Paris, May 1970  © Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin
Vogue Paris, May 1970
© Guy Bourdin

In this show, the largest ever held in the UK, Guy Bourdin’s career as a fashion photographer is delineated from his early days as a protégé of the Surrealist photographer Man Ray to a master craftsman who photographed fashion for magazines such as Vogue Paris and brands like Charles Jourdan and Chanel creating a world both colourful and strange. This was achieved by making the product play the second leading part to the image.

Guy Bourdin British Vogue, September 1975  © Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin
British Vogue, September 1975
© Guy Bourdin

This is encapsulated through colour and black-and-white images and Super-8 films (he was among the pioneers of fashion film). As well as being a self-taught photographer he had always been a painter and a selection of paintings, sketches and working drawings illustrate how this helped his approach to his photographic images. A highlight of the exhibition is the 1979 Walking Legs’ campaign for Charles Jourdan which is being shown in full.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brings us to “take” 2

 

Guy Bourdin ‘Walking Legs’, Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3, until 28th March 2015

Guy Bourdin  Charles Jourdan, 1979 © Guy Bourdin Estate. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Guy Bourdin
Charles Jourdan, 1979
© Guy Bourdin Estate. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

The gallery compliments the above show with this one focusing on the 1979 Charles Jourdan campaign. The locations were photographed on a car journey from London to Brighton – other than the locations all that can be seen is a pair of mannequin legs and Charles Jourdans’s creations.

 

 

www.somersethouse.org.uk

 

michaelhoppengallery.com

Abbott and Holder

BRIAN STONEHOUSE M.B.E. (1918-1998), Abbott and Holder, 30 Museum Street, London WC1, until 23rd December

The Checked Dress. Watercolour and gouache with fibre-tip pen on pink paper. Shaped for layout. Signed. For Vogue, circa 1955. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 24.5x18 inches (irregular). Framed size: 32x25.25

The Checked Dress. Watercolour and gouache with fibre-tip pen on pink paper. Shaped for layout. Signed. For Vogue, circa 1955. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 24.5×18 inches (irregular). Framed size: 32×25.25

This selling exhibition of forty works celebrates the recently published Brian Stonehouse: Artist, Soldier, War Hero, Fashion Illustrator (by Frederic A. Sharf with Michelle Finamore, Curator of Fashion Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts). The museum is where the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf collection of Brian Stonehouse works is housed.

The Sports Shirt. Charcoal and ink with pastel. For an American fashion magazine, probably Vogue, circa 1960. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 23.5x15 inches. Framed: 31x21.5 inches

The Sports Shirt. Charcoal and ink with pastel. For an American fashion magazine, probably Vogue, circa 1960. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 23.5×15 inches. Framed: 31×21.5 inches

Stonehouse, a young art student studying fashion illustration, joined the Royal Artillery at the beginning of the war but soon became a part of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). He was sent to France as a radio operator but three and a half months later was caught by the Gestapo, tortured, given a death sentence and then selected for slave labour He spent the subsequent war years in three French prisons and five concentration and labour camps, including Dachau. He still managed to continue to draw in some of the camps.

The Yellow Bathing Costume. Watercolour and gouache on tan paper. Shaped for layout. For an American fashion magazine, probably Vogue, circa 1955. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 21x16 inches (irregular). Framed: 29x23.5 inches.

The Yellow Bathing Costume. Watercolour and gouache on tan paper. Shaped for layout. For an American fashion magazine, probably Vogue, circa 1955. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 21×16 inches (irregular). Framed: 29×23.5 inches.

Whilst at the preparation for the War Crimes Tribunals he fortuitously met an American Major Harry Haller who encouraged him to come to the USA and there he did society portraits. Vogue’s fashion editor Jessica Daves liked his artistic style and as a result of this in 1952 he became the first new fashion illustrator the magazine had taken on since 1939. He remained with them until 1962.

A Well Dresssed Man. Charcoal, ink and gouache on blue/grey card. For an American fashion magazine, probably Vogue, circa 1960. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 26x15 inches. Framed: 33.5x22 inches.

A Well Dresssed Man. Charcoal, ink and gouache on blue/grey card. For an American fashion magazine, probably Vogue, circa 1960. Provenance: The artist’s estate. Stamped ‘Stonehouse Estate / A and H’ verso. 26×15 inches. Framed: 33.5×22 inches.

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Brian Stonehouse: Artist, Soldier, War Hero, Fashion Illustrator by Frederic A. Sharf with Michelle Finamore, Curator of Fashion Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Brian Stonehouse: Artist, Soldier, War Hero, Fashion Illustrator by Frederic A. Sharf with Michelle Finamore, Curator of Fashion Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

http://www.abbottandholder-thelist.co.uk/brian-stonehouse-vogue/