Archive | June, 2012

Ballgowns – a touch of class

18 Jun

Nothing to do on Friday and fancy some girly entertainment? Turn off TOWIE and head to the V&A’s newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.

The exhibition covers British glamour, ballgowns and Eveningwear from classic old school designers including Norman Hartnell, seventies big gun Zandra Rhodes, and contemporaries like Alexander McQueen dressing Royalty and Red carpet royalty for sixty years.

The first thing you notice as you wander round is that we just don’t have enough OCCASIONS anymore. I don’t know about you but I don’t own any broaches, evening gloves or anything made of diaphanous chiffon and if I did I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it. When you look at the beautiful dresses you long, just for a second to swish your way into a ballroom. In fact as we walked round I think I started to stand up straighter and walk with a more elegant gait.

The notion of owning a hand made, ball gown showing great craftsmanship and made of heavy, quality materials is a really alien in these days of Primark. Whilst there’s a big dose of elitism attached to these beautiful objects ( a years wages for the average Joe AT LEAST ) there is also an air of true elegance that makes you long for the poise and grace that must of gone with being corset-ted to the eye balls.

The new mezzanine level is beautiful and the gallery space is a great place to wonder round. Outside the exhibition The Stylist were camping out, there’s an awesome shop and a pop up bar with cocktails not to mention the rooms and rooms of free exhibitions ( including jewellery if you’ve got the stamina )

In conclusion I’m going to practice my air of feminine mystic and sign up to some of the awesome sounding summer program in the hope that if I can’t borrow one of the gowns, I could attempt to make one.


Where : V & A, Gloucester Rd is the nearest tube ( West London! )

When: Till Jan 2013

How much: £7 for students

Summer program : scroll down, you have to pay but it’s GOOD


YH World Wins Funding!

13 Jun

We are always looking for a way to continuously work with even more young people and funding helps us to do this. We recently won a funding bid from ‘Awards For All’ to run music video workshops at Workshop 44 in Hackney. Working with a small group of young people aged from 9-17 years old we planned a music video for local artist AG.

The music video is now finished and looks great! It was screened at the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy during a music questions and answers session and we got some feedback from some big radio and video names out there. One of our young journalist’s Kara covered a story on the session and the feedback that we were given for the YH World website.

The group did a brilliant job and our video guy Tom Hadrill has created a masterpiece with the video shot a few weekends ago.

Here’s the finished result:

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy boasts ‘star’ qualities

13 Jun

YH World has been rubbing shoulders with some big music names as part of the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy in Hackney. We have been facilitating and youth mentoring journalism workshops as part of the academy to try and motivate and inspire young people to get into a creative career.

We have been lucky enough to witness Rita Ora giving a Live Lounge performance for Radio 1 and have a questions and answers session with both Rita Ora and Delilah. This was a great opportunity for both us and all of the young people involved.

There will be lots more opportunity all the way through to the end of June with the Academy. This will involve lots more opportunity to hang with celebrities, write for newspapers, create a video with professionals, build your own music beat and get lots of careers advice all for free.

Rita Ora live at the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy:

Get involved and #takeiton with the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy. Head down to the Hackney Picturehouse and sign up for some of the brilliant opportunities!


By Michelle Stannard

Take it on with the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Academy

6 Jun

As part of the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy YH World are working alongside Poached Creative and Art Against Knives to run journalism sessions.

The first session was all about the branding for the blog that will be created as part of the academy. All of the young people involved were full of brilliant ideas and all really inspired to #takeiton

There were three teams and all of them came up with brilliant ideas. After voting which idea was best everyone agreed that they wanted a mash up of all of the different ideas included in the overall branding of the blog.

Check out the three brilliant brand ideas here:

There are many sessions on offer as part of the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy including radio, film and tv, comedy, Q & A masterclasses, fashion, music, business and of course journalism.

There is also the chance to get careers advice from professionals and those who already know like Adam Deacon, Labrinth, Jamal Edwards, Plan B, Leona Lewis and many more including djs from Radio 1 and Radio 1Extra.

If you want to ¬†sign up for any of the workshops then email or to find out more visit the BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra Academy’s Facebook page.


By Michelle Stannard