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
Those with a predilection for royal grandeur would do well to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s current exhibition of Qing Dynasty garments, “Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City.” Chronologically spanning the dynasty’s rule (1644-1911) and various genres of dress—from festive to military wear—the elaborate robes reflect Chinese ceremony, military tradition, and more, each piece tailored to represent social mores and constructed of gorgeously-printed textiles.
The exhibition runs through 27 February 2011, and tickets may be booked in advance by clicking here. Visit for the chance to get in touch with your inner emperor/empress.
Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
When: 7 December 2010 – 27 February 2011
The 1940s New Years Eve party at Ilketshall St Andrew Village Hall is now in it’s third year.
For a bit of proper vintage community spirit bring along your own drinks and a plate of food for all to share.
Tickets are just £3 on the door, there’s free tea and coffee from the NAAFI and you can dance the New Year in to swing sounds from DJ AV8 Record Hop and Pals.
Tel Andy for more details 07788966640. 1940′s Allied Services or Civilian Dress Code preferred.
Ronnie Londons Groove Lounge New Years Eve Party
Nottingham’s only MOD night playing you the best of Northern Soul, Beat, Tamla, Hammond and RnB on NYE. Top Nottingham DJs and a room decked out to take you back to the 60s.
Come down to make it one to remember, out with 2010 and in with 2011!!
Where: The Grosvenor, Mansfield Rd, Nottingham. 8pm to 1am
How much: Tickets Only (please see below to contact Ronnie for details)
Contact: Via Facebook (click on picture) or contact Ronnie London himself on 07778002589
Aloha ~ it’s the New Year Polynees-up starring The Bikini Beach Band!
New Years Eve see the Bo Nanafana Social Club taking a trip to Hawaii. There’s magic from Bob Percy, music from DJ Lornegerie and The Shellac Collective and The Scantily Clad on walkabout and hula duty.
As ever if you arrive early there’s a free dance lesson with Swing City Dance Class.
Tickets £25 available from the Rock Collection or online via the Bo Nanafana Website