Fashion in Motion : Ashish – Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Fashion in Motion at the Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the many reasons that this is my favourite museum in London. Apart from being close to where I live, I spent a lot of my time there in university as a constant source of inspiration and the museum has grown and changed since then. I discovered the Fashion in Motion series previously when they showed the incredible clothes of Ralph and Russo.
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This special series of events allows people to attend a fashion show and see clothes as they are coming down the runway. There is nothing like sitting in a fashion show watching models walk up and down and seeing the clothes how they are meant to be worn and how they move. This is the reason why the fashion industry is perceived to be so glamorous with fashion shows being streamed live on the internet, but most of us don’t get the chance to sit in a fashion show and see what it is all like.
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To fit in with the Indian season at the V and A which is going on throughout the museum to celebrate the new exhibitions on offer (Fabric of India and Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection – Which you must see!) last month Ashish was the subject of Fashion in Motion. I had heard of the brand previously when I worked at Browns and always loved the playful and embellished style. I was also eager to bring my mum and my auntie who were in town to this as it is an eye opening experience going to a fashion show and I love that you can do this for free in such a beautiful setting which is something the V and A does so well.
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We were seated, the lights dimmed, the music started and the models strutted out one by one to the photographers at the end of the runway.
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Forgive my photos but the Ashish signature embellished sparkly sequin dresses did something to my camera. I love the different effects that the sequins had on my camera lens and I came out with vague but very sparkly photographs of the outfits.
Designer Ashish is based in London but originally from India, this retrospective of his personal highlights from his collections was shown in the Fashion in Motion catwalk. From glamorous sequin dresses, to playful sportswear pieces adorned in rainbow colours, and frayed metallic denim there was something for everyone.
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Outfit after outfit the embellishment increased, which probably added to the weight of the dresses. But the models glided past us in their beautiful sparkly get ups.
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From sparkly beaded tassels, to patterned sequin patterns, and placement prints everything was adorned with beautiful embellishment and you couldn’t take your eyes off each model as they went past. Even the menswear was highly adorned, even though it is not for every guy you can’t deny that it looked great on the catwalk and the workmanship was labour intensive and created a beautiful effect.
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Seeing these photos have prompted me to think about my party dresses for the festive season and I feel like I need a fully embellished dress to in keep with the festive season.
I love the beautiful, rich colours which are made even more beautiful simply by the fact that they are in sequin format. I have been gearing up and getting myself ready to go back to Hong Kong for Christmas with my family and every girl needs a hand full of party dresses just in case you end up going to some soirees.
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Just seeing these photos again has inspired me to try and get my hands on a fully sequinned which embodies the playful spirit of Ashish. The high street are filled with these dresses at this time of year, Miss Selfridge has a great vintage inspired collection of dresses and ASOS has some great ones which are just as fun, brightly coloured and very much remind me of Ashish. If you can’t afford a real one this season then have a look at these, I have my eye on one already, plus I have bought some new ones to keep me looking great while partying this Christmas.
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From left to right: Walls embellished mini-dress – 657748 – was £150.00, NOW £105.00 / Dazzle disco longline tunic – 657272 – £60.00 / Sequin crop top mini dress – 711439 – £95.00 / 8th sign irredescent sequin maxi dress – 765697 – was £150.00, NOW £105.00 / Star ombre t-shirt dress – 684438 – was £120.00, NOW £84.00. All available on www.asos.com.
Follow me on instagram to keep up to date with what I wear this festive season. But if you can afford one then you can buy Ashish at Browns and the night that we went there was a handy pop up shop set up in the entrance of the V and A. We managed to see up close and personal the incredible work that goes into these garments, plus they are heavy so get yourself to the gym before you think of stepping out in one for a whole night of fun.
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Have you been to Fashion in Motion before? Which one? What did you think? What are your must have party dresses of the season?
Check out the V and A website for the next Fashion in Motion and information about their current exhibits.