Spotted this lovely window display at Dover Street Market. Barbie’s 50th isn’t so very interesting to me but it’s an iconic visage. This one represents the first Barbie, I think. It looks great in the window, a nice play on dolls, mannequins, miniatures and over-sized Jeff Koons sculpture.
I like it even better that, Dover Street being Dover Street, the website tells me who designed and who made the display. They take their presentation very seriously there. Very much fashion as theatre as fashion.
I always find it a great place to mooch about in, although I like to take a fashionable friend as my ‘in’. I rarely buy anything but it’s as relevant as going to see an exhibition in the fashion court at the V&A.; The range of labels is impressive and spot on. It’s great to be able to examine the workmanship on the Azzedine Alaïa dresses and try to work out the cut on the Comme des Garcons’ pieces.
There are usually some interesting in-house exhibitions and the staff aren’t sniffy at all.
And when you’ve debated over buying another covetable, sweetie-like Comme wallet or purse, there amongst the clothing is a Rose Café (the subject of one of my very first blogs) and a Labour & Wait, for that essential curated ironmongery purchase.
Andy Hillman is such a great set designer. Check him out: http://hillmanstudio.com/profile/