Szeged slippers

We can state that the slippers of Szeged are one of the most important Hungaricums. They are used since the Turks invaded the country and legend says they sometimes became friendly to fight the Turks. Before the slippers women mainly wore boots.
The special features that make Szeged slippers unique are:
1. They have a small (3-4 cm) heel.
2. The head part of the slippers go all the way to the heels and does not end at the peg.
3. They come at many colours but there is always embroidery on the front.
4.  They can also be decorated with pearls or a pom-pom.
The slippers became so popular that every region developed its own version of it, such as ‘Matyó’ or Serbian slippers. Although they had their golden age in the 19th century, when the industry was blooming, there days there are only 2 traditional shoemakers left.

Today I went to the Móra Ferenc Museum In Szeged to see an exhibition that is dedicated only to the famous slippers and I absolutely loved it! It tells the history, the preparation process in a very interactive way with pictures of women wearing the slippers . The highlight is a pink design of a current artist.
Click here to find out more about this exhibition!

Click here if you want to see how the slippers are made:

Official website of Szeged slippers

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.

Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding

Yesterday Prince Harry married the former American actress, Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel. Meghan’s new title became Duchess of Sussex. We can state that the world’s tearful eyes were watching this beautiful event. Now let’s take a look at what people were wearing.

First of all let’s talk about the wedding dresses. The first one is a Givenchy design and with this neckline and headpiece it reminds me of the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Funny Face.

The second dress is very simple but more modern than the first one. It was designed by Stella McCartney.

Ready to 💃🕺🏻 #royalwedding

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge wore this light beige outfit for the event.

Prince George reminds me of little Mozart, we have to say that he looked very elegant and Princess Charlotte was a true lady who stole the event with her angel-like looks and sweet waving.

Amal Clooney’s marigold dress is also the design of Stella McCartney.

Tennis player, Serena Williams wore a Versace gown.

Victoria Beckham wore one of her own designs, a navy blue midi dress with red heels.

Oprah also wore Stella McCartney for the wedding.

And now you can watch the wedding ceremony by clicking to the video. But I warn you, take a box of handkerchiefs. Try not to cry when Harry tells Meghan she looks amazing!

Wishing this lovely couple all the happiness in the world!

Best of Met Gala dresses 2018

On 7th May the annual fundraising event of the Metropolitan Museum in New York took place. The ball is the initiative event of the year’s fashion exhibition. It’s a very high profile event full of celebrities. Each year the ball has a theme and this year it was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ and holy moly it was spectacular! Here are the dresses I liked the most:

(To avoid any copyright problems, I’m just going to link in the Instagram photos of the celebrities they posted about themselves.)

Blake Lively as usual looks like a goddess, this time with a medieval twist.

Winter is coming 🏰🐉❄️🐺🏰

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Zendaya dressed as Joan of Arc is the most creative outfit.

🗡

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Art in art. Ariana Grande wore a dress with the Sistine Chapel on it designed by Vera Wang.

I went to da met and was super Italian

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Only Rihanna can rock a Pope inspired outfit.

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I always have some doubts when it comes to combining green with blue or pink and red. But I absolutely love Katherine Langford‘s cape:

Gigi Hadid looks like a beautiful swan. Or a flower. Or both.

stained glass by @versace 👼🏼

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Let us stop for a moment to admire Anne Hathaway‘s red dress and that headpiece:

This is how the ‘Queen of the Earth’ would look like. Spectacular, Rita Ora!

 

Favourites of April 2018

Book experience of the month:
I was very curious about Margaret Atwood’s The handmaid’s tale, so I started the month by reading that. It turned out to be less disturbing than the series, but I’ll get to that later. Even though the book sets place in the dystopian America, it poses painfully real questions the current situation of women.
When I was in Budapest, I bought a Poket book called Dairy of a madwoman by Géza Csáth. Although I like the novel, I think it can be very hard to read and understand for people who has never learned psychiatry before.

Audiobook experience of the month:
I got to the 6th Harry Potter book, the Half blood prince, and I know it means that this series will soon end… So I try to enjoy the story as much as I can. I still can’t forgive Ron for fooling around with Lavender Brown. Seriously, what was he thinking?!

Movie experience of the month:
I want to catch up with the Oscar movies, so I watched Three billboards outside Ebbing. Previously I thought this will be a very sad movie, but I was positively disappointed. The movie focuses on the characters, they have enough time to develop until the end and all together gives a great opportunity for the actors in it. I really liked the performance of Woody Harrelson.
Then I moved on to The shape of water and I liked that movie even better. This one became the best movie of 2017 and it won three more Academy awards: for directing, best music and best production design. Very impressive, isn’t it? The story takes place in the 1960’s and is about two extraordinary lovers. Extraordinary, because Sally Hawkins plays a deaf cleaning lady who falls in love with a creature from the sea.
Last but not least I finally got to see last year’s fashion movie, Phantom thread. It is a very interesting story about a dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) who meets a woman, Alma, who becomes his muse. But is it enough for Alma as well? Can she become a real partner to the artist?

Series experience of the month:
After reading the book, I started watching The handmaid’s tale by Hulu as well. I have to tell you, it’s more shocking than the book and it has many changes as well. For example, Luke doesn’t survive in the book and Ofglen kills herself. I’m very excited to see Alexis Bledel in such a role, amazed by Elisabeth Moss and I can’t wait for the second season!

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to Budapest this month to see the Daalarna Fashion Show and it was the best fashion experience ever! Find out more about it here.

Daalarna Fashion Show 2018

On 13th April I attended my very first fashion show ever. Hungarian designer Daalarna – Benes Anita introduced her new collection, Sunset. Here is the campaign’s trailer:

This show attracts many fashion lovers every year, so me and my friend bought the tickets when at the exact moment they became available. Normal tickets cost 5000 HUF and VIP tickets were 15000 HUF. First we we went for the normal ones, but at the end of the show we decided to go for VIP next year. 🙂
There were two shows that day, one at 16 pm and one at 20 pm. The gates for the second show opened an hour earlier, so we got there at 19 pm. A huge line was spiraling already but it moved very first. After our tickets were checked, we got an armband and could enter the main room of Millenáris in Budapest.
The catwalk was surrounded by sand to imitate the beach scenes that appears in the trailer. There were 6 rows of beautiful white seats, the first 2 were reserved for VIPs. After securing two seats for ourselves we went around to check out the panels. Dilmah, Vöslauer, Catrice, Air France, Omorovicza Cosmetics were present giving away free stuff. We drank pink Rosé champagne and ate some very fancy swallow-sized food and went back to our seats.

Daalarna stage

The show started with the Sunset Collection’s trailer and then with 40 minutes of awesome music and beautiful dresses followed. First the evening gowns that were mainly blue and purple, then the wedding dresses. Lace and pearls appear very often in Daalarna dresses with flimsy skirts and beautiful detailing. The models’ hair were made like they just got out of the ocean and their make up consisted of sparkly crystals.

At the end all of the models came out together surrounded by applause and the designer herself came out as well.
After the show people could pose with models and in front of a poster.
Everyone got a gift package while going through the gates to get outside. It contained a Vöslauer water, a Catrice mascara, a Persil sample and the contact information of the panels’ owners.

I loved this show very much, can’t wait for next year! ❤

Daalarna official website

‘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.