What is the collective noun for a gathering such as this? A bevy of beauties? A scolding of seamstresses? (True collective noun, apparently.) I think I’ll go with a melody of maidens. All I know is that I spent last night surrounded by a bunch of truly beautiful women. For example, just LOOK at Roisin of Dolly Clackett…
Someone give this woman her own fashion line, please.
Last night was our gathering at the V&A for the Ballgowns collection. I have two top tips for visitors to the Victoria and Albert museum:
- Friday night at the V&A must be one of London’s best kept secrets. It’s so civilised – no marauding school groups. They serve cocktails and have a DJ! The whole place has a really chilled vibe.
- Whatever you do, don’t try to go out for a Friday night drink in South Kensington. It was rammed, and if it hadn’t been for the magnificence of Fehr Trade, our evening plans would have turned out disastrously.
But I’m getting ahead of myself! First, we gathered in the main entrance of the museum.
Then we peered at beautiful dresses:
There was much inspection of sewing items in the museum shop:
After which, we retired to the Pub From Hell, from which Melissa led us to the Restaurant Of Salvation.
We were extremely privileged that The Secret Life Of Seams brought along her copy of Gertie’s new book, freshly delivered to her office. Never has a book been passed around with such reverence. See how everyone is gazing adoringly!
And, of course, there was the requisite and highly necessary flirting with waiters. Dibs and the Machine didn’t let us down…
The evening had its stressful moments. (NEVER try to go to The Anglesea Arms in South Kensington.) But, otherwise, it was heaven on a stick. I met so many wonderful people and feel very privileged to have made yet more new sewing friends. It really was a Melody of Maidens.
THE BLOGGERS WHO ATTENDED
PLUS a new blog soon to come from one of our attendees!