Yesterday was one of those just perfectly wonderful days where you go to bed thinking ‘Aaah, how lovely!’.

My two friends in the V&A garden with one of the structures from the 1:1 Architects Build Small Places and my almost perfectly sculpted ball of ice cream bought from the icecream trolley in the garden.

I was lucky enough to be invited by two lovely, happy and arty girls to a cultural day of seeing London exhibitions. Well how could I not accept when that’s my passion anyway?!

I love going to see things in London (hence the ‘Shows and Must Sees’ list in my sidebar) but I often end up going alone because there’s no one else quite patient enough to go round with me…
But my dear galfriends, being the interesting and learnered girls they are, were the perfect company for a day packed with exhibitions at the Tate and V&A (but lets not forget the giggles and the evening of too many bottles of wine!)

Grace Kelly Style Icon:

I’m sure many of you have heard (mixed) reviews and talk about the Grace Kelly exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum, well I went along to see if what I had read agreed with my shiny thoughts on the real thing!

Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra In ‘High Society’ 1956 Eric Carpenter/MGM (Kobal Collection) Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait of Grace Kelly, New York, 1955. © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld 2009 and
Paying just £4 entry as a student set the show off to a good start for me yet knew it would be a fairly small one as it was hosted in the ‘Fashion’ space of the V&A. The exhibition featured a wonderful array of artifacts, all grouped by the subject of being style related. From lots of full length gowns that made you step back and think, ‘wow that tiny star actually once wore these’ to stacks of her favourite avantgarde sunglasses to posters from some of her 11 films.

Knowing noubt about her before I ventured into the space, I was all too happy to learn about the lady that Mika sings about through charming film clips, accompanying info plates and by peering at the clothes she wore. Despite some delightful (and praise worthy to the V&A) pieces, there was a big hole missing. Where was the wedding dress which had been glorified so much by the highlighting title of one of 4 sections – ‘Bride’? It was really quite a major piece not to be able to see so perhaps the section could have been missed out or, I dunno, maybe they could have stuck a fancy cardboard cut-out of her in there.. just saying..

Beatrix Potters Peter Rabbit:

The nostalgic dreamer in us continued to be satisfied in a delightful free exhibition of Beatrix Potters’ Peter Rabbit. I’m reading her biography at the moment so this was a must see.

You are taken on a journey of initial rabbit sketches to the letter to a sick child which first inspired the book right to a wall of all the Peter Rabbits published in all countries.

The printing stamps used to mass produce Beatrix’s illustrations

I was so touched and excited to see this – Beatrix’s letter to her friends’ sick child which I have read about in her biography. She wrote him many stories in her letters and luckily he kept them all, enabling her to copy her first drawings and publish the story for all children to read.
The entire book told through illustrations along 2 walls.

Beatrix was truly an amazingly talented illustrator, she practiced constantly and scrutinised her subjects, using wildlife as her comfort, friends and drawing inspiration. You can see this here in her frantic sketches of her pet Rabbit Peter Piper, her chosen Peter front cover illustration and other enchanted scenes of animals and their make believe worlds.

Please come back and see what else I saw on my day of Power Viewing!


  • Daisy July 23, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    >I adore the V&A, lovely post !

  • Daisy July 23, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    >I adore the V&A, lovely post !

  • E is for Eleanor July 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    >Beatrix potter is amazing! My favourite childrens author! Such a lovely day you had 😀

  • WeShop July 22, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    >Great reviews (and I'm suffering today after a little too much wine with a friend too!). Would like to see the Grace Kelly one when I'm next in London. xx

  • Diana Mieczan July 22, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    >That is so cool…I can see you are enjoying your summer:)

    ps: I hope you had a change to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!

  • the style crusader July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    >oh goodness. i still haven't been to see the grace kelly exhibition yet. this looks like such a great day. and can i just say… i saw that little gif of you via twitter with the bin… it was hilarious! xx

  • Hannah July 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    >Thanks for the comment, I feel like a right dunce for getting the dress wrong but shhh no one will know…! I'm going to Peter Rabbit on Wednesday, can't wait. Afterwards we're going to see Toy Story 3 after so yey! Thanks to you Shows and Must See tab there is lots more I want to see now so thanks for that =)

  • Hannah July 22, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    >I went to see the Grace Kelly expo last week (I wrote about it on my blog) and really enjoyed, however I did think £4 was a bit steep seeing at it was so small (glad I didn't have to pay more as a student)!! The wedding dress was right at the front of the fashion space introducing the Grace Kelly expo (picture on my blog again). I really want to see the Peter Rabbit one too =)