NoFit State at Eden Project

 An amazing new show by critically-acclaimed circus company NoFit State is the main event at Cornwall's Eden Project this summer holiday.

Labyrinth, which is being created especially for Eden's stunning setting, will blend jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics with surreal circus stunts and live music and dance. Using the entire project as a stage, top circus performers from around the world will move among the audience and overhead on flying trapezes, swings, cradles, tightwires and hoops.

This will be the first time Eden has hosted an evening show throughout the summer holidays and Labyrinth has been created especially to mark the project's 10th birthday. Hailed as the future of British circus, NoFit State are described as "Cirque du Soleil without the Disney and the disinfectant."









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Christina Economou wows Graduate Fashion Week

Istituto Marangoni took part in Graduate Fashion Week for the first time in the show's 20 year history and they justified their inclusion when Christina Economou from their Paris school scooped the International Show Award. The award given to the best International show had another finalist Hang Li Xuan also from the Milan school in the final 3.

Christina's collection was viewed by the likes of Harold Tillman, Hillary Alexander, Karen Millen and several of the recognisable British fashion names who were ever so impressed with her collection. Judged by these images who an doubt them.






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Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II will mark her 60 years on the throne with several celebrations across the UK and it is quite fitting that this reign will be portrayed in Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration to be exhibited at the V&A.



The exhibition will depict The Queen in her roles as princess, monarch and mother and include a number of photographs never before seen, as well as excerpts from Beaton’s diaries and letters.

V&A Publishing has produced a hardback book to accompany the exhibition authored by Susanna Brown, with contributions from Sir Roy Strong and Mario Testino.

For advance bookings visit www.vam.ac.uk (booking fee applies) or call 020 7907 7073


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London College Of Fashion Graduate Fashion Week 2011

London College Of Fashion held its annual Graduate Fashion Week show yesterday 7/6/2011 with some remarkable collections on display.
This year was the first to be held at the new and outstanding venue "The Studio" in central London. The superb surroundings, excellent facilities and the sheer size of the venue clearly impressed several, if not all the guests with one leading fashionista asking to be considered for next year's event.

The show itself, which was screened live at www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/2011/live was pulsating, colourful and well organised with the staff as charming as ever.

With regards to the awards, The Barnett Lawson Award for Best Use of Trimmings went to Charlotte Barry from Liverpool, who was praised for her incredible detailing.
Charlotte Barry
Charlotte Barry


Stine Riis
Stine Riis
The Biddle Sawyer Silks Award went to Stine Riis from Copenhagen for her innovative use of silk with wool, chiffon and patent leather.



Collection of the Year, the most prestigious award of the night was awarded to Nova Chiu from Hong Kong who was judged to have phenomenal technical skill and creative flair.


Nova Chiu
Nova Chiu













Based on the fabulous collections on display, it is fair to say that all the designers were winners on the night and one will hope to see their works gracing several well known figures and publications in the future.

The rest of the pictures including my personal favourites;

Belle Amie

Misty Miller

Daisy De Villeneuve
Jo Wood

Ya Chiao (Rexy Sung)
Ya Chiao (Rexy Sung)


Angela Brandys
Angela Brandys


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