Fashion Elixir – Jo Bayley’s Christmas Wish List 2013

What would you like under your tree?

Could it be the latest Gucci handbag with iconic bamboo handles, or a divine Saint Laurent clutch?

Maybe it’s stunning calfskin, satin and mesh heels from Dior or Emporio Armani jewelled flats.

What about the fabulous Tom Ford cats eye sunglasses?

The list could be endless, or possibly like me, a round the world plane trip (dreaming of Business class) would be just the ticket!

I have my route all planned out.

I will be visiting museums around the globe that are hosting fashion exhibitions or are solely dedicated to the love of all things vogue.

Where do I begin?

Well like any task, I start with a list, and in this case a time line. Leaving Sydney in January, I would fly to Japan and visit the Kobe Fashion Museum.

It’s exterior is a fashion statement of its own.

This is the first museum in Japan to specialize in fashion.

The collection is all about helping the Japanese to learn the origins of garments, with ethnic and historical fashions and textile collections.

After filling up on sumptuous sushi and amazing culture, next stop is London, England.

Arriving just in time to take in “Club to Catwalk” at The V&A.

Finishing on the 16th of February, this stunning show takes a look at London fashion through the ’80’s, featuring designers such as Katharine Hamnett, Betty Jackson and the infamous John Galliano.

Next stop is the London Fashion and Textile Museum.

From January 31st till the 17th of May 2014, “Artist Textiles, Picasso to Warhol” is on show.

This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Over 200 rare pieces, many having never been on public display will be highlighted.

Think Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and Henry Moore.

Can you imagine that gift shop!!!

Sensational Ruby flower brooch by JAR creeated for Lily Safra in 2003, courtesy Christies

After a little retail therapy at Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty, I’ll whizz over to the big apple, New York City.

First up in NYC, I’ll squeeze in a visit to the MET and marvel over Jewels By JAR.

Some of you many have read the fabulous article by our publisher Carolyn McDowall on these wondrous jewels.

After reading it, I know it’s must!

It finishes on March 9th 2014.

Next in the city that never sleeps is Trend-ology, on till April 30th at Fashion Institute of Technology.

Located on 7th Avenue at west 27 street, FIT as it is known, houses a permanent collection of over 50,000 garments, accessories, ranging from the mid 18th century to the present day.

Trend-ology examines the vast array of sources from which fashion trends have developed over the past 250 years.

Over 100 objects will be showcased, including pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Rei Kawakubo and Helmut Lang. Fabulous!

Dinner at Buddakan followed by drinks at The Standard, and I’m a happy camper. Then it’s THE jewel in my couture crown.

Opening on May 8th at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, is “Charles James – Beyond Fashion“.

This show is on until August 8th, 100 of the most stunning dresses, no, works of wearable art will be on display for all to see.

I will be clutching my Hermes handkerchief, as I know this will move me to tears. James was known as the “couturiers couturier”.

He sculpted, draped and shaped fabric in a way that had never been seen previously.

With a love of nature, his gowns were known by the names “the swan”, “the four leaf clover” and “the butterfly” to name but a few.

I would have to make a return trip to soak up the genius that was Charles James. Sheer perfection.

When I can tear myself away from NYC, it’s back to the old dart, London.

Will be sure to enjoy a little bit of romance at the V&A with “Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014”.

Featuring Christian Lacroix, Vera Wang, Norman Hartnell (who designed HRH Queen Elizabeth 2nd’s wedding dress) and Charles James (I get to see more of my favourite!), this will be heavenly.

The embroidered silk coat design by Anna Valentine and worn by The Duchess of Cornwall for the blessing after her marriage to HRH The Prince of Wales (2005) will be one of the wonderful pieces on show from May 3rd 2014 till 15th March 2015.

Carolyn says to say she just wants these ‘wedding’ shoes.

While at the V&A, I’ll pop in and soak up “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014”.

While we are on the subject of shoes, check out these stunning Italian numbers.

There are approximately 90 ensembles and accessories created by irrepressible Italian designers.

The show can be viewed from April 5th to 27th July 2014.

Sponsored by Bulgari, it features Pucci, Gucci, Prada and Valentino, seen here with his 1967 collection!

That’s amore!

Feeling all loved up and ready for the continent. At London’s St Pancras, I’ll have a glass of bubbles at the longest champagne bar in Europe while waiting for the Eurostar to Paris.

Pulling into Gare Du Nord, I’ll be dreaming of my suite at the Plaza Athenee, which will have just re-opened in May, after renovations.

Then it’s off to the Palaise Galliera Musee De La Mode.

Housing over 70,000 photographs from 1870 to present day and donations of Haute Couture from Baroness Rothschild, the Duchess of Windsor and HRH Princess grace of Monaco, this is a must for any fashion fiend.

A day at Musee D’Orsay is a must for lovers of impressionist art, my favourite being Cezanne and dinner at Willi’s Wine Bar tops off a perfect Parisian day.

Next it’s Florence, where a visit to the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace and its costume gallery comes first.

The collection includes garments from the mid 18th century to present day, with some rare examples from the 16th century.

Lunch will follow at Pitti Gola E Cantina, always fabulous.

Wonderful wines and delectable food are on offer at this enotecca opposite the Pitti Palace.

The well shod will know about the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. If you haven’t experienced shoe heaven, get yourself there!

Exhibitions run on a two year rotation, so you never need to miss out.

Don’t forget the gift shop! After, a quick browse at Pampaloni.

Exquisite silver wear ranging from salt dishes to fantastic flat wear and jewellery.

One of my favourite boutiques in Florence.

Naturally I’ll squeeze in a trip to the Mall, designer outlet heaven, just outside of Florence.

With any energy to spare, it’s straight to Amsterdam for a morning at the Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses.

500 years of historical bags from the western world are on display here. If you are a handbag girl, this is nirvana!

Belgium is next, Antwerp to be exact and the Mode Museum.

Exhibitions here are on a 2 year rotation, and the collection comprises of over 25,000 items. Admission is free and a visit to the 4th floor library would be excellent.

After all this a little spa treatment on the way home via Thailand could be on the cards.

Pop in to Jim Thompson House for some divine silks, then dinner at Nahm, Aussie expat David Thompson’s mouth watering restaurant.

Finally back to stunning Sydney to write about my adventures.

What a dream trip.

How could I wake from that?

I may sound shallow to some with my designer aspirations.

What I really hope for at Christmas, is that all creatures great and small, could have a hearty meal, a warm safe bed and at least the company of one person who cares.

Dreams and wishes come in all shapes and sizes.

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel et al Ciao

Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle 2013

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