30 May 2009

A day of hats and cupcakes.

We managed to catch the last day of Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at the V&A which features some fabulous creations, the earliest dating from 600BC!

The exhibits were arranged into material, for example plastic, papers, etc and grouping them together as they did just showed how differently designers work with the same material. Truly fascinating. I particularly loved the milliners workshop they had created in the center, complete with sketches, boxes of fabrics and ribbons and of course the wide variety of modern and vintage millinery blocks.

If you missed the exhibition the V&A did publish a beautifully illustrated book to accompany the show which can me purchased on the V&A website.

Afternoon tea in South Kensington.

After being totally blown away buy the fantastic colours and shapes of the hats at the V&A, we finally manged to get to the infamous Hummingbird Bakery and managed to arrive at a perfect time, scoring a free table and avoiding the usual massive queue.

We went with their recommendations and bought a Red Velvet and a Rocky Road, the RV was delicious, as was the RR once we had managed to chisel pieces off with a fork and brute force!

Hummingbird bakery has two outlets in London, one in South Kennsington, the other in Notting Hill Gate.

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