During my trip to Belgium I was absolutely thrilled when my friend showed me BOZAR in Brussels, which is currently hosting the exhibition 'The Belgians - An unexpected fashion story', putting the focus on the history of Belgian fashion and its most recognised designers. Apart from showing works by the famous Antwerp Six (Walter van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee), it also features more recent design icons such as Martin Margiela, A.F. Vandevorst and Raf Simons. On the whole a very informing and lovingly put together exhibition, that no fashion enthusiast should miss!
The National Portrait Gallery is one of my all time favorite museums to visit and I still find myself looking back to the fantastic David Bailey exhibition I had seen last year. When I heard it would now host 'Audrey - Portraits of an Icon' featuring my all time favourite style muse and actress, Audrey Hepburn, I of course had to see it! Although I had expected the scale of the exhibition to be bigger (especially because you do have to pay an entrance fee of 10GBP) it still served its purpose in telling the enchanting story of a Danish born ballerina, who became to be a film star. I found the exhibition to be particularly nice, as it does not only include the iconic and known portraits of Hepburn, but also images of the actress in her early years as a performer, for instance starring in her first Broadway play 'Gigi'. Also, I loved reading about her life long fashion partnership to Hubert de Givenchy which eventually turned into a close friendship. Givenchy, who is now in his eighties, described their relationship as a kind of 'marriage' expressing his love and admiration for the actress in his recently published collection of sketches called 'To Audrey with Love'.
In her first Broadway play 'Gigi' at the age of 22
Hepburn and Givenchy
Hepburn looking beautiful at the age of 61
Continuing the theme of Belgium which has conquered my heart this month, I simply have to mention these delicious, little works of art we tried whilst in Brussles. Although, chocolate might be the most obvious choice of treat when visiting the capital (which we had loads of, too!), I was very keen on trying another Belgian specialty, called 'Merveilleux'. These little balls of goodness are made by hand in the patisserie and consist of a meringue core, which is lathered with cream and sprinkled with chocolate shavings, nuts or caramel brittle. While this might sound quite indulgent and heavy, these sweets are, in fact, super light and delicate and I highly recommend you to try them the next time you find yourself in Brussels!
This visit actually took place about 1 year ago - why write about it now, you might ask? Because it marks my one year anniversary of living in London! It's hard to believe it has been a year since I moved to the UK and began studying at LCF and I'm so happy I did. Thus, 'Sketch' holds a special place in my heart, as it hosted my first official British tea time experience. By now, Sketch is a well known institution in London, obvious reasons being the incredible and eccentric interior design and modern art collection, as well as the truly divine selection of patisserie, sandwiches and freshly baked scones. The restaurant is, indeed, on the more expensive side but given the very special setting and experience absolutely worth the money!
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