Japanese, Russian and French connections

Speaking to Ali Taghavi, the New York Fashion designer, as he socialised in London and visited ‘Future Beauty,’ at the Barbican, we mused on whether Fashion follows money, or money Fashion.
30 Years of Japanese Fashion in the centre’s stunning Art Brut building is ‘mind-blowing’ as promised. Students choose to take control, noting, drawing and observing radical concepts which defied prevailing conventions.
Viewing visionaries Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto’s uses of ancient Art forms, in creation of new ways of dressing, there was wondrous balance between spaces and exhibits, in a breath-taking Fashion event, AW 2010/2011.
Meanwhile in other parts of the city there were links between Serge Diaghilev’s genius collaborations with Picasso, Matisse, Chanel, Stravinsky, Cocteau, at the V&A, and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ at the Palace Theatre.
Both high culture 20th century ‘Ballet Russes’ and populist entertainment, West End musical theatre, depend for their success on the pure creativity of choreographers, composers, actors, singers, dancers, costume designers and in the case of ‘Priscilla’, CAD lighting inventors. I loved how accessible these delights were to packed houses, birthday girls, out on treats, and the devoted and absorbed gallery fans who travel internationally to join the celebrations.

Image: Hilary Alexander immediately replied to an email, when I began writing my book, so I asked Anton Storey to put her in his lovely illustration of Liberty’s of London. Above right:  she looks as if she’s enjoying herself.

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