Well as you know, there is nothing that floats Clem’s boat more than staring at clothes. So of course when I was last in London I went to the Chintz exhibition hosted by the Fashion and Textile Museum. It’s a fabulous space but only ever focuses on one exhibition at a time. So frustrating we need a Museum FULL of clothes, not just specialised exhibitions. That said, the exhibition was wonderful.
Bermondsey, the area where the museum is located, has a lovely chilled out vibe to it, full of coffee shops and delis. If you are in the area, take the time to stop for a coffee and relax.
The Chintz exhibition was beautiful, well of course it was, it was chintz. I know it fell out of favour when Laura Ashley went a bit mad with it in the eighties. But real chintz is stunning. Just look at the pictures. What was also wonderful was a chance to look at all the old clothes, looking at the pleats and folds, the fastenings and stitches. I find that history comes alive the most when I can almost see the people that wore the clothes; the arm that slipped into that sleeve, the fingers that pulled on that ribbon. A piece of of thread snapped off in the teeth. These clothes were once worn and torn by people who just like us, woke up and got on with the the task of living as good a life as they could.
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Liz Hurley as well as being the owner of this blog, runs a bookshop in Cornwall, right by the sea and writes books. You can buy them in her shop (of course), Waterstones and other outlets, as well as Amazon.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing and when she’s not writing, she’s walking. And when she’s not doing any of that she’s binging on box sets and sleeping.
This website is for her fictional works. Her Cornish non-fiction titles and walking guides can be found at https://www.cornishwalks.com