Tate Britain made our (well my) week last week by inviting us to the opening of the Pre Raphealite exhibition. it opens on September 12th, but we will be there on Monday so will tweet and Instagram our views for your immediate pleasure!
The thing is, what to wear?
The Pre-Raphs were my A level art subject, at 17 all I wanted was hair like Lizzie Siddal and some ruffle-shirted poet -type wooing me with romantic notions and sketching while I sat about draped in sumptuous velvet dresses from Laura Ashley and Droopy & Brown. I had a poster of John William Waterhouse’s Lady Of Shalott on my bedroom wall for ages, although my all time favourite PR picture is Fredrick Leighton’s Flaming June (see below). I got over the clingy arty-type male pretty quickly (way to needy) but never my lost addiction to velvet or the Pre-Raph movement.
After a bit of searching, I found this lovely iris print black silk maxi dress from Tucker (at Liberty) which I reckon would be perfect for the modern Pre-Raph wardrobe. I wont really be buying it (it’s £350 and it’s a maxi dress…we all know that spells trouble outside of the holiday environment) but it is beautiful.
But I could also be tempted by the gorgeous Richard Nicoll Stella silk dress to evoke the hues of Flaming June, a bit obvious maybe? And certainly a bit pricey at £410, although it looks hugely useful.
Or I could perhaps nip over to the very pretty Somerset range, from the quite Pre-Raph-looking designer Alice Temperley, it’s her first collection for John Lewis and well priced and full of gathered flourish. The spot mesh tunic (tunic is a word the Pre-Raphs would have liked) in black is lovely at £89, as is the silk pintucked-and-frilled-cuff cardi in black at £79. It’s a very romantic range, with strong Pre-Raph overtones and I’m quite keen to see it in real life as it has been selling really well, according to John Lewis.
Whatever, the outfit will come together on the day. I’m not sure what the rules are on photo taking at the exhibition but I’ll try for a few covert ones so make sure you check in with us on Monday and look at the Instagram page.
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