Take A Fashionable Trip Around The World

Fashion is an expressive art form that influences our sociocultural reflector; it surprises, excites, and brings out the creative side to everyone. Therefore it is not unusual that museums are being dedicated to this dynamic form of art, presenting collections of previous trends and famous pieces that made the world what it is today. These are worth the visit!

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

It’s only right that we begin in one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris. This museum houses more than 81,000 costumes, textiles, and accessories, containing history combined with endless innovation. From its opening in 1905 the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has seen exhibitions and collections come through its rooms filled with detailed embroidery, printed cotton, silks, laces and wonderful tapestries. If you are in the romantic city of Paris this year anytime before September, be sure to take a look and wonder through the intimate exhibition on Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten.

Museo de la Moda, Santiago, Chile

In the vibrant South American city Santiago, Chile there is a wonderful treasure. The museum focuses on 20th Century sportswear, with a large display on Chile’s 1962 World Cup gear. Founded in 1999, by the Yarur Bascuñán family, Museo de la Moda is funded by donations, allowing the collection to keep growing, with now a total of 10,000 items from 5 B.C. to the present.

Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

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In this Institute lies an enormous collection of historic costumes, there is no surprise the displays exhibit famous and intricate pieces with Anna Wintour fundraising for the space and representing it as an advocate. This museum is definitely worth your time, presenting over 80,000 costumes from their archives and being conveniently in the heart of this happening city.

The Gucci Museum, Florence, Italy

This iconic brand has celebrated their journey through time in the centre of Florence, beginning from what made them famous; those beautiful leather luggage sets. As you walk through the rooms, you will find yourself in a time capsule of fashion, from cars, apparel, specially made award gowns, pottery and shoes. The two level museum is a must see, and if you have had a long day of site seeing and want to relax, take some time out to view the movie in the theatre or relax in the café and bookstore downstairs.

Everyone of these museums has a unique display that should be seen at least once through your travels. They all house the timeline of style throughout the decades and present day. Reminding us all that ‘Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten’ – Gucci.

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By Amy Miller

June 10, 2014

Top 7 European Destinations For 2014

Whether you’re heading overseas to escape the wintery weather approaching or simply just require some inspiration for your next trip, definitely add this into your favourites tab. A European summer is like no other, offering a rich sense of culture, food, architecture and unlimited white-sand beaches. Explore our favourite European destinations just in time for your next holiday.

1. Cinque Terre, Italy

This picturesque sea-side village might be plastered all over your Pinterest, but it’s beauty is most definitely in the details. With plenty of vineyards to visit, cafe’s offering the local Mediterranean cuisine and the ocean right next door it’s definitely a hidden gem.

2. Zurich, Switzerland

If you’re interested in an alpine adventure, head up to Zurich which is one of the most underrated European cities. The city combines old architecture with modern influence, lots of shopping (duty free, that is) and lets not forget it’s the birthplace of Lindt chocolate.

3. St Tropez, French Riviera

Full of tourists heading out for some sun during the annual Cannes Film Festival, St Tropez has been a holiday destination to the rich and famous since the early 1950’s. Yacht’s line the harbour, the water is crystal clear and the world famous Plage de Pampelonne is just around the corner.

4. Hvar, Croatia

One of the busiest places during the summer season, Hvar is otherwise known as party central to the many tourists that stop by for some sun. Apart from the annual music festivals, there are many family-friendly locations such as Falko a hideaway near the beach, bike riding through the old town, and tasting some of the best wines Croatia has to offer at Divino.

5. Berlin, Germany

More than just another destination for a keen history buff, Berlin is home to many museums, bars and art galleries that are sure to keep you occupied during your stay. Otherwise known as one of the best value cities in Europe, there is so much to do and see free of charge. Some activities include visiting the East Side Gallery to admire work from local artists or even having a relaxing picnic at Gorlitzer Park.

6. Prague, Czech Republic

Both the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, Prague is known for it’s numerous museums, galleries and cinemas which come alive in the spring-summer months. Continue east to Letná Beer Gardens which offers a variety of drinks and a bite to eat.

7. Hania, Greece

Located on the large island of Crete, Hania boasts a mainly Venetian influence which is highlighted in the architecture straight down the to cuisine. Tavernas are popular meeting places to eat, drink and dance, while remaining close to one of the many boutique hotels found on the island. There are many places to swim, hike and kayak to explore the large island in all of it’s beauty. 

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 2, 2014