Author: BOLAJI BABAFEMI

J’Adior! Record-breaking Dior Show Totes and Tees Flew off the Shelves

Dior and fashion fans were still zig-zagging round the block 48 hours before the show closed at Albertopolis on 1 September. The V&A’ s most popular show in history had had its equivalent of an encore after it was extended for a further seven weeks. A first run at Paris’ Musee des Arts Decoratifs which closed in early 2018, had also become one of the city’s most visited of all time. Even sales of the specially designed tote bag to commemorate the show at £25 a pop had been limited to three per customer. A sophisticated queuing system was operational and stopped right at the first room of curated exhibits. But Monsieur Dior had not always been a darling of the masses, sparking protests in fashion capitals with his radical reinvention of the hemline in 1949. Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor bemoaned the fate of some thirty of her most striking dresses after Dior lowered the hemline to 15 1/2 inches, but agreed with Dior’s new revolutionary length dresses. The designer felt that skirt lengths should …

D-Day: WWII Hero who Planned Normandy Landings at his Old School

General Bernard Law Montgomery was especially chuffed to be back in his old stomping grounds, St Paul’s School for boys in Hammersmith, west London, where he’d been a pupil from 1902 to 1906. The school had been commandered to serve as the headquarters of the 21 Army Group. What filled him with so much pleasure was that he was now ensconced in the High Master’s office with its distinct terracotta facade. From here he would go on to mastermind Operation Overlord which culminated in the D-Day Normandy landings on 6 June 1944. He lived across the road in Latymer Court where ‘A’ mess was established. Normandy Landings It was in the boardroom that the Allied commanders, led by General Dwight Eisenhower and Montgomery planned the invasion and liberation of German-occupied Europe, including the D-Day landings. King George VI and the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, visited them here to approve the plans on the 15th May 1944. Operation Overlord started on the beaches of Normandy, on the 6th June. Operation Neptune Codenamed ‘Operation Neptune’ and often …

Duchess of Cambridge to Add Gloss to Portrait Gallery Gala

Duchess of Cambridge will attend the 2019 Portrait Gala, a special event at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 12 March. The Gala, hosted by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and by Edward Enninful OBE, British Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Portrait Gala Committee, will see artists, friends and supporters of the Gallery come together for an evening of art, live music and entertainment to raise funds for the Gallery’s Inspiring People project. The duchess is a photography enthusiast and regularly takes photographs of her family’s milestones including her children’s birthdays. She is a patron of the NPG and regularly attends special events at the gallery which has seen her grace Vogue’s 100th anniversary exhibition which also featured her on the fashion bible’s cover. The event itinerary includes a DJ set by Mike Skinner; a live performance from saxophonist Jess Gillam and pianist Zeynep Özsuca; a photography studio by Miles Aldridge, set amongst the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian Galleries, and a private view of the exhibitions Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures …