Fashion illustrator (and Vintage Secret favorite) René Gruau is known for creating iconic images for Christian Dior during the mid-20th century. Gruau’s aesthetic lent itself to capturing the glamour and elegance that the House of Dior embodies to this very day—think fluid lines and quintessentially feminine imagery.
From 10 November 2010 through 9 January 2011, Somerset House will host a Gruau retrospective titled “Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty.” This is your chance to see Gruau’s creations up close, from his work with Dior Parfums to sketches for the house’s Haute Couture line.
During the program’s run, visitors can also attend one of many talks, Late Studios creative workshops, or a special documentary screening related to the exhibition. Visit the Somerset House website for full details about upcoming events. Vive le Gruau!
Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty
When: 10 November 2010 – 9 January 2011
Where: Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, Strand, City of London WC2R 1LA
Price: £6.00, £5.00 concessions, under 12s free
Come and get showered with Studio 64’s very special brand of ‘fairy dust’ this Christmas at The Brickhouse as Studio 64 returns after a sell-out run in August.
Produced by and starring international burlesque sensation Agent Lynch, this show inspired by the legendary New York night club Studio 54 will play host to a heady-70s disco inspired rotating line up of cabaret guest stars including: Resident superstar aerialist Roxy Velvet, Burly-pole wonder Glory Pearl, Showgirl supreme Kitty Bang Bang, Hurly Burly star Laurie Hagen, Donald Choi Hula extraordinaire and resident Parisian boylesque superstar Brian Scott Bagely will return with his Christmas disco balls in full spin.
All this hosted by cabaret legend and disco chanteuse Kiki Kaboom. Expect, mirror ball snowflakes, white sparkling reindeer, and an explosive robotics finale. Disco definitely isn’t dead.
3 Course Dinner Including Entertainment £59.50
3 Course Lunch Including Entertainment and Glass of Bubbly £49.50
Friends and pro-femme artists Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton have married their nonpareil visions for the curation of “Here Today,” an exhibition featuring the work of 11 contemporary female creatives, themselves included. In a very vintage-friendly fashion, the duo has chosen works which take historical ideas and bring them into the 21st century.
Multi-media art, including paintings, sculptures, found objects and more by the likes of women including Sonia Blair, Lakhi Sangha, and Kathy Barber will be on display during the show’s run. Nostalgic, yet modern; political, yet funny; the exhibition is an exploration of the past’s effect upon the present, as viewed through a feminine lens.
Here Today, Curated by Tinsel and Twinkle
When: 3 December – 8 December 2010, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: At the Outside World, 44, Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP www.theoutsideworld.co.uk
The Chap’s legendary “Night of a Thousand Waistcoats” returns after last year’s tenth anniversary party, for the Second Grand Anarcho Dandyist Ball. Moving the location to the much larger and grander Bloomsbury Ballroom, London’s only remaining original Art-deco ballroom, this year’s extravaganza will set the precedent for an annual Chap Ball, each party striving to be even more spectacular than the last.
Guests will leave the 21st century behind as soon as their immaculately shod feet reach the bottom of the entry staircase. The breathtaking grand ballroom will immediately sweep them back to the heady 1920s and 1930s, aided by delicious retro cocktails served by our partners Bourne & Hollingsworth.
Your extremely louche host will be Nickolas Grace, the actor who played Anthony Blanche in the original Brideshead Revisited, who will be “charming thwough the gwille” for the entire evening. In the Grand Ballroom there will be a full cabaret line-up, topped by the irrepressible Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, giving an exclusive live preview of his brand-new longplayer, “I Say!” This evening of old-world jollity will also include wandering acts among the guests, including Viv the Spiv, Escalado horseracing and the legendary “Chap Room”, where guests may dictate a letter to a 1950s secretary and have it delivered on a silver salver to another guest by a butler.
The dress code will be: 1890s decadence, 1920s villainy, 1930s glamour, 1940s spiv. Anyone arriving in Polyester will be politely asked to stand near a naked flame and handed some tweed. Guests with valuable overcoats may rest assured that this year’s Ball will offer a fully operational cloakroom.
To book tickets click here, or call 0207 7724 1617
Dress code: strictly the finest attire, no exceptions. Think chiffon, mink, and three-piece suits to match the opulent environs of Adam Street, the highly regarded Members Club and event venue.
Our favourite DJ twosome, The Broken Hearts, will join Francois Dirty South, Society House jazz band The Alan Weekes Quartet and Troylus Searll to entertain you throughout the evening, which promises a host of hedonistic delights. Anticipate a midnight visit from Father Christmas himself, and a few more surprises for aesthetes in attendance.
Atomic Events, producers of specialist 20th Century escapes, invite you to spend a leisurely Sunday browsing and buying beautiful vintage items from around the UK, Europe and North America for both men and women seeking that individuality. Join them from 10am in the morning till 4pm in the afternoon (£4.50 entrance, £3.50 consessions and students with id), where you can also enjoy sumptuous Cream Tea’s, Cakes and Sandwiches at our new Vogue Tea Room, served by Mr Lyons Nippys, in between all that shopping.
Featuring 60 of the most inspired and savvy dealers from around the country, with the widest selection of vintage and vintage inspired merchandise from the 1920′s to the 1980′s, from exquisite faux vintage lingerie to formal outerwear, you will find it all at Vintage Vogue.
Sunday 5th December is the last Vintage Vogue Fair for 2010
The Sports Centre
Middleton Hall Lane
Essex CM15 8EE