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29-09-2007
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Here are a few other (better) images they had posted as postcards... arg.





I'm pretty certain this is a Balenciaga, but I can't seem to find it in the exhibit highlights except as a postcard. x2



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Day Dress by Horrockses Fashion

The traditional focus of couture was the creation of high fashion garments for private clients. However, sales to department stores and wholesalers became increasingly important after the war. Some designers created ready-to-wear collections specifically for the export market, using the mass-production and sizing methods developed in the USA, and the sale of home dressmaking 'couture' patterns in Vogue and other magazines made the couturier’s ideas available to a wide audience and proved to be both lucrative and popular.
Ready-to-wear dresses such as this from Horrockses Fashions combined the fashionable couture silhouette with youthful and innovative textile designs, and would have appealed to women of different ages and social backgrounds as the perfect summer dress. These dresses were relatively expensive and were popular with members of the Royal Family - but working women would save up to buy one, often as a honeymoon outfit.

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Design a Shoe Competition

Shoes are an integral part of any fashion style, and this was particularly true during 1947-57. Clothing rations ended in 1949, and a new sense of frivolity, femininity and extravagance emerged. Decorative details such as bows, buckles and beadwork were in. The court shoe with its pointed toes and narrow high heels, an early version of the stiletto, was a crucial element to the Christian Dior look. For men the traditional lace-up remained popular. New styles started to emerge from 1947 as well as revivals such as the ankle boots that were back in fashion by the 1950s, and the first Chelsea boots with elastic sides were made in the late 1950s.

If you are inspired to create you own shoe design then you can submit your shoe design into a competition judged by Professor Jimmy Choo OBE.
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Ooooh, thank you SomethingElse!

I am dying to see this exhibition - I even pre-ordered the catalog on Amazon.

(Btw, if you are in the States, it's less expensive on Amazon US than through the V&A - but it appears to take much longer. I don't know why it's still on pre-order when it obviously already exists in the V&A shop.)

Now, about those tickets to London...

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That Lily of the Valley Givenchy gown is heavenly!

I love the vintage Dior shoes too.

Thanks for posting all these pictures.

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V&A exhibit' : the Golden Age of Couture Paris & London, 1947-1957
from Sept, 22th 2007 to Jan, 6th 2008 @ Victoria and Albert Museum...
must be a MUST SEE exhibition...
did someone go???
did someone buy the catalogue???

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The launch of Christian Dior's New Look in 1947 marked the beginning of a momentous decade in fashion history, one that Dior himself called the 'golden age'. Celebrating the end of war and the birth of a new era, it set a standard for dressmaking and high fashion that has rarely been surpassed.
In Paris, couture houses such as Balenciaga, Balmain and Fath attracted worldwide attention for elegance and glamour. London was renowned for formal state gowns by court dressmakers and impeccable tailoring by designers like Hardy Amies.
The production of couture was important to the prestige and economy of both France and Britain. While traditionally catering for wealthy private clients, the couture houses also sought new markets. As the decade progressed, they created perfumes, opened boutiques and licensed their designs to foreign manufacturers. By the late 1950s, the leading couture houses had become global brands.
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Thanks, BerlinRocks! Model_Mom started a thread here.

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I'm going on the 3rd of January before Spice Girls.
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Thanks, BerlinRocks! Model_Mom started a thread here.
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maybe some mods should erase or merge...
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OMg those are Nice Dresses!!

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I just went to the V&A webpage -

http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/micros...ture/index.php

and they've added all sorts of interesting things. There are podcasts, lectures, a shoe design contest judged by Jimmy Choo and oddly, a pattern for the 1953 Day Dress by Horrockses Fashion:


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I think I may have to make it! :p

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If any of you are in Victoria, Australia, this exhibit is now at:

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View St
Bendigo VIC 3550


7 December 2008 - 22 March 2009
From the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, this exhibition explores one of the most glamorous and remarkable decades in fashion history. Starting with the impact of Christian Dior’s New Look after the Second World War, it looks at the work of Dior and his contemporaries during the period when haute couture was at its height.

(And yes, I'm terribly jealous. I found this thinking it was Victoria, BC in Canada which is near me... )

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^ I'm really excited about this exhibition. Bendigo is quite a drive away from the city but I think it will definitely be worth it. I'm planning to go with my mother sometime next year.

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I actually scanned some of the images from my own copy of the book that was released coincided with the event.You can see more from my blog...



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Avedon and the New Look
Hi, thanks for all this amazing posts and pictures...
I'm studying RICHARD AVEDON's work on that period, when he started collaborating with Harper's Bazaar... I REALLY need some more pictures to work on. Does anybody have something more to scan for me? :p

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