Today, I managed to successfully be that "organised" person and do something I mentioned to a bunch of friends 3 months ago; to get out of London and get our asses to Brighton Museum to check out their Fashion Cities Africa exhibition, and I'm so glad we did it.
I'm trying to find new ways to see my favourite people more, whilst getting out and about and experiencing some of the awesome stuff going on. If I'm honest I barely researched the exhibition I just knew that I wanted to see and support it.
So I called upon a few of my Fly Girl Collective ladies and put my organised hat on. One doodle poll and a few train time, screen shots later, I was at the station watching the ticket machine spew out 24 tickets. TWENTY FOUR?(Why on earth in this day and age we need so many individual bits of paper is beyond me. I thought these were austere times and that London's travel was getting cussed out enough to do better... I digress.)
We've all had that experience where you go to the trouble of planning and arranging something that is a little more effort than usual, only to find that it's disappointing, lacking in thought or substance and perhaps even worse still, is over in 10 minutes. Fashion Cities Africa, is far from this! Brighton Museum is situated in the picturesque grounds of The Royal Pavillion. It's beautiful! Imagine polo on the lawn with a tinge of the Taj Mahal. There's something very regal about it all.
The exhibition costs a reasonable £5.20 and for that you get three beautiful spaces that walk you through the different styles, fabrics, prints and shapes unique to each country.
I was schooled on the bespoke lace patterns inherent to Nigeria, saw an outfit that screamed Solange's wedding dress and catwalk gowns born out of Moroccan shapes and style.
Visually the collection is stunning, but If you're like me, not being able to touch the material will drive you crazy. Thankfully, the curators must have known we were coming. They have a little dressing up box, mirror and backdrop for you and your clan to play with. We adorned ourselves with big framed sunglasses, sequinned cardigans, fur collars, head wraps and pearl cladded clutches.
With your creative juices flowing, you are invited to contribute your own design, inspired by your visit and leave a little piece of you behind on display. Look at our girls slaying!
I loved the shape of the mannequins bodies. They gave life to the fabric and gave it a story.
I go to exhibitions, visit the theatre, and all that good stuff because I want an attack on my senses. I wanna be immersed and taken on a journey, to learn, to smile, to think and see things from anther perspective.
We ended our day trip with a good old pub roast. I can recommend the friendly service and chicken roast in The Pump House on East Street. You should definitely grab you homie, lover or friend and take a trip to Brighton.
Let me know if you've already been and what you thought.