My trip to Warsaw has transformed from what was supposed to be a search for fashion in Eastern Europe into cultural serendipity. I’ve been so busy lately visiting art galleries, museums and running from one exhibition opening to another that I’ve almost forgotten the sole purpose of my voyage… Well almost. I simply can’t help myself and my need to share beautiful images of what I find so irresistible in the capital of Poland… It’ s Beyond My Control!
I haven’t abandoned my fashion projects at all, in fact, I shall be sharing with you some of the most brilliant Polish designers soon but you have to bear with me and for now enjoy images from my oasis in a sea of snow within the kingdom of ice, the Palace on the Isle.
The Palace on the Isle (also known as the Baths Palace), a magnificent neoclassical building that was the residence of the last King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1732-1798).
I’m not a historian, so please consider this to be a broad overview of his fascinating contribution to history. King Poniatowski was the first foreign royal to be awarded membership to the Royal Society. He’s also credited with founding Warsaw’s National Theatre, a school of Chivalry and establishing a Commission of National Education – arguably the first nationalised education system in the world. Also, as a keen patron of the arts, he sponsored many writers and painters, works of which totalled nearly 3000 paintings and several of which can now be seen in the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.