Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mary, mirrors and Museum of Childhood

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Mary Katrantzou style.com
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2010, pictures Style.com

I love the work of London designer Mary Katrantzou. She uses a lot of fantastic digital prints in her collections and her last 2010 spring collection was not an exception.

When I saw the pictures of it on Style.com I knew they reminded me of something.

museum of childhood mirror 1

I had been to London Museum of Childhood in 2005 and taken some pictures of an attraction they have in there- a distortion mirror. All the toys and colourful interior reflect in it in a mad psychedelic way, it just looked so great!

Mary Katrantzou Style.com 2

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2010, pictures Style.com

Mary’s prints were actually a development of her earlier work- perfume bottles, so I don’t think she had been to the Museum of Childhood for inspiration.

Museum of Childhood London

Museum of Childhood, London

I visited Museum of Childhood again a few days ago. My friend’s colleague Helen Carter, who is a designer and also teaches fashion in University of East London, was opening her exhibition there- a collection of very cool Sindy dolls from the 60’s.

Museum of Chlidhood Sindy dolls


Museum of Childhood is worth checking out, they have got some nice stuff there, lots of good research material!

And its all free!

Museum of Childhood boy's jacket

Museum of Chlidhood girl's dress

Museum of Chlidhood toy ducks

The house itself is fabulous too - it was built in the 19th century for some agricultural exhibition.

When you go, don’t forget to take some nuts for the squirrels who inhabit the park that’s next to the museum.