Retro-tastic!

Back in December, Boo Brown and I visited Prague for three days for the Christmas Markets (read more here)

Whilst we were there, we visited the Národní Museum on Vinohradská 1, where we had been told that an amazing retro exhibition was on show.

Now of course, loving our retro stylings we duly visited it to see what it was all about. I have to say, we were really pleasantly surprised by what we found!

I had included a few of the exhibition photographs in my Prague post, but there were just too many! What better than a post based just on the Retro exhibition, as it is still showing until the 31 May 2017.

The exhibition is split into two sections; the first is clothing and accessories, the second lifestyle including children’s toys.

The first section really was what we had gone there to look at. The stunning dresses, shoes, jewellery, and settings. The history of the garments and their designers. The modern reproductions based on past styles. We couldn’t wait to see it all.

We arrived at the museum and purchased a ticket just for the exhibition. It cost approximately 120czk which translates as around £3.80 which was a low price considering the amount of exhibits we would be seeing.

Walking inside we were immediately hit by a large glass display holding around eight or nine dresses. Placards explained what the dresses were, their materials and their date of design.

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The Audrey Hepburn Style Dress

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Checked Coat Dress

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I want this dress!

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Shawl collar and Strapless Prom Dress

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Chiffon Party Dress

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Organza Party Dress

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Reproduction Dress made in the 1990’s

Some of the cards even had a swatch of material for you to touch.

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1930’s Style Gown

Many of the outfits were displayed in a diorama where furniture and even the wallpaper that was popular in the day was used. Art Deco chairs, writing desks and even a sports car were used in the displays.

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Art Deco style clothing and furniture

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The perfect Tea Set!

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Terrific Transport

One of my favourite sections was a set of shelves holding comparisons. A real 40’s shoe against a modern day equivalent. A hat from the 30’s and one from the 80’s. It really showed you how fashion has transcended the years and styles go around in cycles. What was fashionable in the 1940’s is doing the rounds again now, nearly 80 years later.

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Vintage Versus Reproductions

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Old versus New

There were so many pretty dresses that we fell in love with. Dresses that would not look out of place on a catwalk, or at a dinner party even now. I wished that I had several of them in my wardrobe as I know they would get so much wear.

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I would SO wear this!

No fashion style was left out; from bras to crinolines, Duffel coats to Wedding dresses, hats to kimonos. All were included in the exhibition and they left us with severe dress envy. Even the parasols were just too pretty not to want.

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Wedding Gowns through the Years

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Old Style versus Modern

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Parasol’s and Kimono’s

I honestly could have spent hours wandering around, admiring the clothing that they had on display. Sadly we soon came to the end of the display. Or so we thought!

Going into a second section we were in a area devoted to lifestyle and family. Most of the displays were interactive, so you could turn items on, write on an old fashioned typewriter and construct toys. There were old sewing machines and patterns, televisions and computer consoles.

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Everything for the Home Sewer

For me, it was like walking back into my childhood in the 80’s and 90’s. I remember having typing classes at school, and the need for carbon paper. I remember the dial style telephones and the televisions that needed to the element to warm up before you got a good picture. It really was like walking back in time.

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Vintage radio’s and reel to reel tape machines

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Big Bulky heavy typewriters to Small compact and lightweight ones

The exhibition is a fabulous way to spend a couple of hours. Whilst your children might not enjoy the clothing so much, I am pretty sure they will have great fun trying out all the old fashioned equipment.

If you happen to be in Prague between now and the end of May, you really should pop down to Vinohradská 1 and give the Retro Exhibition a go, especially if you love fashion from all decades.

Till next time,

Tx

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  • This looks amazing! Love stumbling across exhibitions like this when away. Oscar de la rents was doing one when I was in San Francisco … I was in dress heaven.

    C x
    CurvyGirlThin.com

    • Oh wow! I would have loved to have seen that one honey xx

  • This had to have been such an amazing experience for you! I am in awe at the sheer beauty of so many of these vintage dresses, I see so many that I would love to own as well. Amazing exhibition x

    • I literally wanted them all Sarah, even though I knew they would fit me!!! xx

  • I would have loved looking at those beautiful gowns and anything retro or vintage is fab. I can see why you would go x

    • I can see you wearing so many of them Ana, you would look so stunning in them! x

  • Rhiannon-Skye Boden

    You took some great shots and the florals you were wearing were gorgeous! It seems like a lovely exhibit!

    • It was a great exhibit, and I was so pleased we managed to go to it x

  • What an amazing exhibition! I love looking at retro items and thinking about the people that would have worn them.

    • Me too! These were very thought provoking, given where they were and many from a time of conflict and communism too x

  • lisa prince

    i bet you just wanted to wrap it al up and take it all home x

  • What a great looking exhibition, I love the look of the dresses x

    • Me too Rhian, I would love to get a couple made in my size! x

  • Melanie Williams

    This looks marvellous, love retro! The dresses, the bags…in fact everything 🙂 x

    • Me too Melanie! If I could have taken it all home, I would have x

      • Melanie Williams

        I would have happily helped you 🙂 x

  • I love looking at retro/vintage clothes. That look amazing. What a great exhibition. xx

    • We had a great time wandering around as it was all so beautiful x

  • Some of these dresses are absolutely gorgeous! I particularly love the full length grey piece with the peplum to the waist x

    • That was one of my favourites too Chanette! Just stunning x

  • What a fab exhibition! I love going to things like this x

    • I really enjoyed it and hope to find something similar closer to home to go and visit x

  • Unsigned, Emmie

    I can’t (never tried to) pull off the retro look but definitely envy those who can!! Some of those dresses are beautiful!!

    Emmie xo

    • You would be surprised honey. Vintage clothing seems to suit every body type and I wear nothing else but Vintage now. Why not give one a go? xx

  • Madeeha

    Nice exhibition. I love vintage dresses. They are so classy and stylish.

    • They really are! Such a different kind of classy too x

  • How amazing do all of those dresses look. Prague is always somewhere i have wanted to go!x

    • Prague was lovely, and the exhibition was amazing too x

  • francesca

    What a beaut exhibition! I love the audrey hepburn inspired dress!

  • Hayley

    Your hair looks amazing! This sounds like a great exhibition!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    This looks like a very interesting exhibition. Thanks for sharing

  • Donna

    Ah this looks like so much fun and so interesting!! That wedding dress is totally wow! I would love to go to this!

  • Shannon Ritchie

    I adore vintage clothing, this exhibition would be something for me!

    • It was a great display, I just wish it was closer to home! x

  • Fantastic exhibit. I love the retro fashions and these just made me wish I could pull off the look. xx

    • Have you every tried it? You might be pleasantly surprised x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    The purple spotty dress is lovely. That’s definitely something I would wear.

    • Me too! And the checked one. And the grey peplum one. And the…. Oh let’s face it I would wear them all! x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Oh wow you must have had an amazing time the dresses, shoes and bags look lovely I’m hard pressed to chose just one favourite I must say.

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Wow! That is so cool – I love your hair too!

    • Thank you Harriet, It has taken a lot of practice! x

  • fashion-mommy

    I love Art Deco so that section would definitely have delighted me, that chair is amazing.

    • I fell in love with that chair and would love to own it!! x

  • With Love, Lottie

    These look fantastic I love that first dress! I’d love to visit Prague x

    • My favourite is the checked dress. I would happily wear it! x

  • oh wow as always you amaze me with your style and I love the retro look and feel and have a room in my home dedicated to this era

    • Thank you Emma! I am envious that you have a room in your home in this era. I would love that so much! x

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    This sounds great! I love that you can actually see the evolution of style, it’s so interesting to see how it’s changed over the years

    • Isn’t it just! I loved every exhibit in the museum x

  • wow this looks amazing .. I have been to prague but didnt had chance to visit this