Sunday, 30 August 2015

Brighton Part 4

This is quite a random one I was hoping to go through a lengthy description of what I encountered. I couldn't think of  nothing  else to write, so I decided  to  post it despite being late.  

I  Started out exploring more of Brighton in the afternoon and planned to go the museum; on my way to it I passed a small, bizarre raising money for a local hospice. It was selling an array of home-made condiments, children's toys, books and jewellery.    

I ended up purchasing two bracelets for £1 each other and 50p for a pair of earring and had the label intact. 

The Museum 

On Museum located in the Pavilion Gardens opposite the Brighton's Pavilion. The building was originally built in 1802 - 04's; George IV stables commissioned William Porden to design and build the stable. Formerly, the museum began in 1861, housed in Brighton Pavilion, later outgrew the Pavilion and moved to the stables. In 1910, it featured an array of Impressionists artist. Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Matisse, and Gaugin. Recently the misuse has undergone over ten million renovations to restore the Pavilion ground improving the educational facilities.

 The museum consisted of mismatched exhibitions, of Brighton's history. The exposition included an Egyptology   Victorian and art deco collection of furniture, cultural and religious displays, a selection of portraits,  performance Gallery and my favourite a fashion exhibition.

The dress is faux Victoriana inspired created by Charles James, which was made for the Countess of Rosse's  to wear a ball in New York. The dress was featured in Vogue.  When first encountering the display I was fooled into believing the it was a Victorian ball gown and surprised to find out the date. 

I adored this dress and was beautiful, ethereal ascetic with the accent of Gothic inspiration with its black silk, lace and velvet bows.

The cape was designed by James Charles for the Countess of Rosse, and appropriately named the "spider wrap",  which is stunning something donned by Lilly Munster or Morticia Addams wardrobe.

My favourite exhibition; it display a range of clothing donated by different people linked with Brighton and Hove. The collection expands from the 17th century right up to early noughties. Exploring the evolution fashion over the years and its change, and remained a reflection of self-expressionism, at the time representing social values and cultural revolution. These are a selection of my favourite exhibitions.

The first outfit on the right was tradition Goth outfit from 1980's
The second outfit on the left is from late 1990's incorporated influence of the matrix and fetish scene.

This costume made from black floral silk in 1915 

The costume was made by a local seamstress Madam Hawkes in 1880. The elegant outfit was designed for high tea or strolling in the park. I love the rich, deep burgundy with rich silk taffeta would be a perfect outfit for Mina Harker to wear in a production of  Brams Stoker Dracula.

The museum had a collection of war propaganda posters - this was my favourite poster for personal reasons. During the second world, my maternal Gran worked as a gun Turner in munition factory. I stood there imagining her standing looking at the poster and feeling the desire to do patriotic duty to assist with the war. My Gran died when I was a teenager and post made her feel tangible.

Playing with squirrels 

After my visit to the museum, I walked around the Brighton Pavillion and noticed one of the security guards feeding the squirrel with peanuts, which incredibly entertaining along with attracting passersby to take photos. Usually, if I ever encountered squirrels the scamper off and avoid contact with humans. I assumed the security guard the regularly fed the squirrels, and it did offer a grand opportunity to get some decent pictures of the squirrels, as squirrels are sometimes too elusive to photograph. He even give me some peanuts to feed the squirrels which was fun.

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