MILLIONS of people around the world tuned in on April 29 2011 to watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The royal couple tied the knot at Westminster Abbey, before travelling to Buckingham Palace for the infamous kiss on the balcony. Who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress? British designer Sarah Burton designed Kate’s iconic dress. She is the creative director for the label and luxury fashion house of Alexander McQueen. The dressmaker and designs were kept secret until the day of the wedding, and only when the Duchess stepped out of the car was the designer revealed. A number of names were in the running, but Sarah Burton emerged as a frontrunner early-on, causing bookmakers William Hill to suspend bets two weeks before the wedding. Kate's bridal shoes were also designed by Sarah Burton for McQueen and were made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The Daily Mail later reported Sarah explaining the … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s wedding dress – who designed it, how much did it cost and where is it now?
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If you miss the antiques and crafts fairs this week but still want to go shopping, check out these permanent markets for old and new collectables Alfies Antique Market Visible from the railway tracks as you head out of Marylebone, this former department store has become home to over 150 dealers selling ceramics, kitchenware, pictures and much more. Also a top spot for vintage fashion. 13-25 Church Street, NW8 (020-7723 6066). Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. www.ealfies.com. Grays Antique Market This Grade-II listed building (formerly a W1 plumbing merchant) and nearby mews house around 85 dealers selling jewellery, vintage fashion, toys, glass and books. Unusual treasures include Islamic and Asian artworks. 58 Davies Street, W1 & 1-7 Davies Mews, W1 (020-7629 7034). Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. www.egrays.com. Boubon Hanby-Arcade This centre, opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall, has 22 dealers in Art Deco and Art Nouveau, silver, porcelain and lighting. Small furniture (suitable for London flats) is a … [Read more...] about 6 of the best antiques and crafts markets
LETTERS from some of the great literary and cultural figures of the last 150 years, including HG Wells, William Morris and Auguste Rodin, have been discovered in the archives of a leading Scottish art school. Messages from the famed author of The World of the Worlds and The Time Machine and the famous French sculptor are among a cache of letters described as “gems”, found in the collections of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The letter were penned to the artist and GSA director Francis Henry Newbery, known as Fra Newbery, when he led the school from 1885 to 1918. Loading article content They were found by Rachael Jones, an archivist who is working on papers relating to directors of the institution. The cache also contains letters from the designer and social reformer William Morris, discussing proposed lectures in Scotland in 1889, a correspondence which might provide new information on the art school’s most famous student, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. … [Read more...] about Lost in time: Letters from iconic names found in art school cache
BACK in the early 1990s, I spent a year teaching English in Japan. One of my schools thought it would be interesting for me to learn some Japanese skills, which is why I found myself taking part in shodo – Japanese calligraphy. When done properly, this can be a beautiful thing: each kanji or Japanese character captured with an artistic swish of the brush. Unfortunately for me, shodo custom insisted that people use their right hand. As someone very left-handed, this left my attempts looking like someone at nursery had been having a fun time with ink. Calligraphy as an art has existed as long as people have been writing manuscripts. It subsided in the west with the arrival of the printing press in the fifteenth century, but has enjoyed regular renaissances since then. The first of these happened in the late-nineteenth century with the work of William Morris and the growth of the arts and craft movement. In the UK, Edward Johnston emerged as the pioneer and father figure of modern … [Read more...] about Calligraphy is a skill that taps into ideas of mindfulness, that fits in with slow movement principles and kicks back against technology
Redrow Homes is opening the doors of its new show homes this weekend at the Badbury Park development near Swindon. The show homes will be open from 10am to 5.30pm on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February, for visitors to drop in with no appointment necessary, to view at their leisure. The Redrow sales team will be on site to answer any queries about the properties available on this latest phase of development. Visitors will be able to explore the homes from Redrow’s Heritage Collection which take their design inspiration from the soft colour palettes and traditional structures of the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1920s. With a combination of two, three and four-bedroom detached, semi-detached and terrace family homes, the development is conveniently placed just three miles from Swindon and near the M4 and A419 with its fast links to Cirencester and Gloucester. Situated on the edge of the Coate Water Country Park, looking out on charming Cotswold … [Read more...] about Show homes inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement open