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Artistic Videos

For your enjoyment... 



Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Millinery In The Making: Inside the Studio of Millinery Artist Stephen Jones


Born in Cheshire, and schooled in Liverpool, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies.  By 1980, Jones and opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London's Covent Garden.

In 2009 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, he curated the hugely popular exhibition 'Hats, an Anthology by Stephen Jones', breaking attendance records around the world.  In addition his hats are also collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris.





Lace Making in Burano, Italy

  The island of Burano has been world famous for lace making since the 1500s.  The Venetian legend says that lace-making in Burano started when a man who was heading off to sea   gave his beloved an intricate piece of seaweed. Pining for him, she took out her needle and copied the design.  The more practical story is that these island women were experts at mending their husband’s  fishing nets, so when lace making came along they took to it naturally.  There are senior signoras working there who have been making lace all their lives.  




 Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Spotlight on the V&A Jewelry Collections


The V&A has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewelry in the world.  Over 3,000 jewels tell the story of jewelry in Europe from ancient times to the present day.





Fabric Dyeing in Chinchero, Peru


Natural Fabric Dyes - A skilled Quechua woman demonstrating the use of cochineal beetles and other natural ingredients in dyeing wool. They are skilled weavers using traditional wooden hand looms and craft out beautifully weaved items.





Dyeing and Batik in Nambia, West Africa


Traditional tie dye and batik fabric dyeing techniques used in West Africa.  Two-part short film series including "Kola Nut and Indigo Dying" and "Traditional Tie Dye and Batik".





 Theatre de la Mode

The Effort To Save Paris as The Fashion Capital of the World During WW2.

  Do you know about the Theatre de la Mode? It was an effort to save the fashion industry in France during WW2 when Hitler tried to make Berlin the capital of fashion. These renowned fashion designers and set decorators collaborated and worked day and night, dashing from building to building amid post-war power outages to sew, paint and create these amazing dolls, their clothes and accessories, and their sets by hand. Do give it a look... it is a fascinating story.   




 Toy Paper Theatre or "French Toy Theatre"

Pollock's Toy Store, London

  Benjamin Pollock's London Toy Shop specialized in vintage and retro toys, Victorian toy theatres (originals and reproductions), books, puppets, music boxes and other traditional toys.  One of the oldest toy shops in London, it originated in Covent Gardens Theaterland and was run by Benjamin Pollock after he inherited his father-in-law's paper theatre collection and business, until his death in 1937.   Pollock's daughters then moved the store to Hoxton Street opposite the famous Brittiania Theatre until bombs damaged the building during WWII and forced it to close.  It reopened again in Covent Gardens as remains there today.  Learn more about Pollock's Toy Shop.  


Madame de Pompadour

Gorgeous dresses of Madame de Pompadour, the lover of France's King Louis XV and a strong patron of architecture and an advocate for the arts as well as being an artist herself. She was in charge of the King's schedule and was consulted on the Treaty of Versailles. Madame de Pompadour was educated, became an accomplished singer, actor and painter, and was friends with Voltaire. She was responsible for the advancement of elegance and the Rococo style.