Drop me off at the Fashion Collection at the Victoria & Albert in London or the Museum of Clothing in Madrid and I will be content. I think it all started when I began watching old Audrey Hepburn movies as a child. I was mesmerized by the elegance with which she wore Givenchy’s beautiful dresses. Obviously, with this kind of sophisticated taste in fashion, by the time I got to high school, I wasn’t going to wear some frilly gown to the prom. Come on, it was the 80s…you know exactly what I mean — ruffles, puff sleeves, and A-lines!! To counter the hideousness that was prom dresses of the 80s, I went round to the local vintage shop, La Di Da, and bought a gorgeous 1950s silver moiré taffeta tea-length dress. It wasn’t Givenchy, but it was his style and it looked fab. It even had the original price tag from Furchgott’s on it — $14.95!
So with this in mind, it should come as no surprise that I was quite excited when I happened upon the Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon. Housed in an industrial warehouse with cement floors & walls, this museum is a design lovers delight. Quirky, funky, & mod, this collection runs the gamut from furniture to shoes to lip-shaped sofas to bookshelves. Definitely check it out to get your kitsch on!