Fashion history I.: Medieval noble dresses

As I was walking around in the Castle of Siklós, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing dresses that were displayed on wax statues everywhere. Those big skirts made me think how lazily we are dressing ourselves these days compared to that.

What did I learn from the exhibition?
Velvet, baize, linen, silk, lace and brocade were the most common materials for noble clothes.
There was no difference in the colour palette of men’s and women’s clothing. Green, yellow and red were the most populatar colours.
All of women’s dresses had a massive puckered skirt and the sleeves of the upper gament were getting wider from the elbow to the wrist.
The decorating elements on women’s clothing in general were lace, embroidery and pearls.
Decorated headpieces made the outfit complete. Only maidens could walk in the town with uncovered hair.
Jewelry were made of gold, silver and gemstones.
Men wore tight trousers with shirt and a coat on top of that.
The coat’s margin was covered with some kind of fur (such as marten, sable or ermine).
The accesories of men were the decorated buttons on their jacket.

‘All the Rage’ fashion exhibition in Wroclaw

In July 2016 I visited the National Museum in Wroclaw where in that time was an extraordinary exhibition of clothes and accessories that has been worn by the elite in the Communist era /1945-1989/. While ordinary costumers couldn’t afford silk dresses or any kind of designer clothing, privileged people of that time followed the fashion trends of Paris. There has been Polish designers and brands who released their collections frequently such as Moda Polska, Cora, Telimena and Dany, their products were unavailable to the public and made only for export. The exhibition was organised by Małgorzata Możdżyńska-Nawotka and Joanna Regina Kowalska and it debuted in Kraków first. According to Ms. Nawotka, ‘It makes an attempt to examine fashion as an area of artistic creation and designers’ creativity’. The exhibited items included dresses, overcoats, jackets, jumpsuits, evening gowns, wedding dresses, hats, clutches and shoes. It was open to public from May to August 2016.

Photography exhibitions in Budapest

Attila Hupján: World shift
12.02.2018-04.03.2018. 10-18 h
K11 – Király utca 11., Budapest 1075

Looking at the world through a pinhole while it’s moving… This is how the artist got the amazing results of his photographs. By looking closer, you may recognise some of Budapest’s popular sights like Nyugati Railway station.
A room full of artistic wonder… – I thought when I visited the exhibition last Friday.

Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters
28.02.2018-20.04.2018. 10-18 h
Műcsarnok – Dózsa György út 37., Budapest 1146

The main event of Budapest Photo Festival will be the American artist’s that commemorate famous paintings and photographs, only with a small twist, that is John Malkovich playing all the characters. Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, André Kertész and Irving Penn are just few of the original people this exhibition pays a tribute to.
Can’t wait to see it in April!

Things that would be awesome to happen

When your life is pretty great, it seems stupid and ungrateful to wish for even more. So instead of making a bucket list, I made a list of all the things that would be fantastic to happen. Maybe none of them will, but if only one does, I’ll be astonished.

  1. To have my own photography exhibition (If you are a regular reader of my blog, you won’t need an explanation. If you are new here, it’s time for you to read more! :D)
  2. To synchronize someone in a movie (Many people told me during my life that I have a unique voice, and I try to think they said the truth.)
  3. To learn how to play the piano (Piano has the most beautiful sound of all musical instruments for me.)
  4. To ride a Vespa (Hopefully in Santorini!)
  5. And to ride a jetski (To feel like I’m one of Charlie’s angels, of course!)
  6. To meet someone who is famous all over the world (I mean, someone extremely famous, like Colin Firth or someone from the Big Bang Theory.)
  7. To swin with dolphins (I may have to learn how to swim first… or not. I hear these professional dolphins can take care of anything.)
  8. To hug a pug (Pugs are the kings of animals. If you think otherwise, maybe you should reconsider your whole life…)
  9. To see all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies (Audrey Hepburn is my icon in many ways. I admire her style and her aura, her acting talent, and how nice she was to other people. I watched all her movies I could find but I’m unfortunately not finished with them.)
  10. To visit Paris, Santorini, Indonesia and Japan (These are my top dream destinations, but I have so many of them, that I think they deserve their own blog post.)

Salvador Dalí exhibition in Szeged

“Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy — the joy of being Salvador Dalí — and I ask myself in rapture, what wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?“ /Salvador Dalí/

Due to the 10th anniversary of REÖK Palace in Szeged, it hosts a great collection of litographies and etchings of the surrealist Catalan artist, Salvador Dalí. The pieces of the exhibition came from the Gallery of Art in Prague, which I saw a couple of years ago on a trip. So obviously, I was pretty excited to see this artwork again. I always admired him, not only because he was a extremely talented artist, but also because he built his empire and the ‘Salvador Dalí brand’ like a true genius.

The 60 pieces contain not only the master’s work, but also Portrait of Salvador Dalí by Josef Nálepa…

Josef Nálepa: Portrait of Salvador Dalí

…and my greatest discovery of the exhibition: Václav Chochola! I always loved this photograph of Dalí holding an egg, I even have it as a badge on my bag, and now I got to know, who took it! When I got home, I searched for the internet for more information about this photographer, and I found some very amazing facts. He was born in 1923 in the Czech Republic and he started publishing his photos (mainly of sport events) when he was only 16 years old! He studied photography in Prague and had his first studio in 1943. He took pictures of people like Louis Armstrong, Marcel Marceau and between 1968-1969 also of Salvador Dalí, when he repeatedly went to Paris. Chochola unfortunately died in 2005 but his daughter and grandson became photographers as well and they are handling his inheritance.

REÖK Palace hosts many exciting exhibitions. In the last couple of years I’ve been to a Marylin Monroe and a Miró exhibition and saw the year’s contemporary paintings, press photos and the artwork of John Lennon.
Click here to find out about the current events of REÖK Palace!