Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
The exhibition 'shop', was being held at the Rochdale heritage centre and was a 'memorial' to the shop windows of the stores in Rochdale. It was a really good exhibition as it had written information about each type of store and had windows set up with the type of merchandise that they would typically sell. I found that it could be quite useful for my dissertation. If only for the old photographs of shop fronts :)
Thursday, 24 September 2009
While visiting Liverpool recently I stumbled across the Cath Kidston shop. Cath Kidston is my favourite brand in the world and I love everything about it. The shop was just as I had expected... beautiful. Its visual merchandising and window displays goes against everything most high end department stores go by, the window and inside the shop was cluttered but it worked. The brand image is considered and it just shows how important this is when thinking about visual merchandising.
"A chance to see the very latest contemporary art coming out of one of the world’s most exciting cities – New York – the capital of the contemporary art scene and hot-bed of cultural creativity."
I am slightly worried if this is best of the latest contemporary art. The exhibition was questionable and I found it hard to find anything that I could take away with me. There was nothing in this exhibition that could help me in my third year, or at all. o well you win some you lose some...
"This major restrospective exhibition brings together captivating images from Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated photographers of the twentieth century. Renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style, Beaton's work has inspired many famous photographers including David Bailey and Mario Testino. The exhibition covers five decades of Beaton's career capturing 50 years of fashion, art and celebrity. Highlights include portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.The exhibition reflects the astonishing talents of the photographer who was also a writer, artist, designer, actor, caricaturist, illustrator and diarist. There are four sections in the exhibition covering Beaton's career and capturing 50 years of fashion, art and celebrity."
I visited the Cecil Beaton exhibition at the Walker gallery, Liverpool. Being interested in fashion photography, when an opportunity to see the works of the famous fashion photographer, I jumped at the chance. The exhibition wasn't quite as good as I thought it may have been. The work shown was good but the majority was portraits. Before visiting the exhibition I didn't realise how many famous people Beaton had photographed and it was exciting to see all of the portraits and the relationship he had had with each person. I particuary liked the image of Marilyn Monroe and of course the most famous Audrey Hepburn. I would liked to have seen more images related to fashion although it was very interesting to see the work he had produced. Although the exhibition was a little bit of a disappointment I am really glad I had the oppurtunity to see images that I hadnt previously been aware of. It was a real honour to see his work for myself.