Alas I am limpy once again. My sciatica struck during the snow and it's still here... unfortunately I got no sympathy on the tube because, it seems, most tourists think that injured or disabled people look like Tiny Tim. Obviously I have no right to walk slowly looking relatively normal, or try to do normal things. Grr. I wouldn't mind so much but bar stairs, I'm actually quicker than the average tourist is, so their request to the person hanging on to the handrail and wincing as she walks to speed up were a bit rich to say the least.
Anyway, my sister and I made it to the V&A to catch the end of the 'Kitty & The Bulldog' mini-exhibition and the new fashion galleries. I like fashion history and my sister likes Japanese sub cultures, so between us we made up one cultured visitor. We also like anything a bit OTT and wearable. You can't beat it whether it's a hooped velvet skirt from a Victorian wedding or a lace and pearl cuff from Japan. When we were looking at the 1850s section of the fashion galleries, my sister quipped that I would be normal sized then. Heheheh indeed. I would be mighty and tall! On reflection, the crinolines would also have hidden my gigantic feet too. But there wouldn't have been any central heating so I would probably have burned myself to a crisp as I rashly edged nearer and nearer to the fireplace in my purple velvet monstrosity.
Kitty & The Bulldog charts the evolution of the Japanese Lolita sub-culture, and the cross-over with British movements such as punk. As you might have guessed my favourites were the Punk Lolita outfits. I coveted pretty much everything in the sets, especially the cat bag. Looks like the pair of us have a wardrobe zoo fascination obviously. Who doesn't
Twin Sis liked the Sweet Lolita's bunnies in a basket.
The exhibition is only on until the 24th February, and entry is free. It only comprises of a few cabinets, so be sure to plan in a visit to the new Fashion Galleries and Jewel Rooms. Oh yeah, and have a cuppa in the world's most ornate cafeteria...
All details may be found at the V&A Website.