Sunday, 20 November 2011

A cool man in a cool museum

I really never get tired of the V&A Museum and it can be explored in so many ways. This week I went to see a fashion show with Peter Jensen and fell for the museum's little bookshop and wine bar, which have taken the best of the museums vibe and added a cozy neighborhood feel to it.
You feel a bit intellectual sitting on a low bar stool surrounded by interesting books, which makes The Reading Room a stimulating place to hang out on your own or sipping a glass of wine with a friend. Don't bother looking for the bar inside the huge museum itself (I tried that!). It's located outside and a little away from the V&A close to the other cafes and restaurants near South Kensington tube station. Go before or after a trip to V&A (check out the great postmodern exhibition about art and style in the 1970s to 1990s at the moment)…or just go to refresh with freshly squeezed lemonade and read a book or catch up on your text messages..
I went before and after going to a Fashion in motion show, which this week featured the brilliant Peter Jensen and his clever, playful design. He sent one fun, quirky and beautiful design after the other down the runway in the Raphael Gallery. He is the design world's most inspiring story teller.
And when Elvis stopped singing and the eclectic mix of weird and wonderful music faded away Peter Jensen himself just peeped out underneath the rabbit in neon light and quickly disappeared behind the wall with black and white interior details painted on. Very modest and very cool as always. He is a Dane to be proud of and he certainly suits the cool museum V&A, which has an amazing way of mixing progressive and contemporary new ideas in with ancient Greek Sculptures and arty gems from a distant time.