Thursday, 6 March 2008

The V&A Exhibition of The Golden Age of Couture

The V&A Exhibition of The Golden Age of Couture was such as amazing experience! A couple of girlfriends and I went to the Victoria and Albert museum for a day out and I’m so glad we did, their fashion exhibition didn’t disappointment. Some garments where obvious one-of pieces full of class, and others wouldn’t look out of place on the red carpet today for example an evening dress by Pierre Balmain. This pink rose printed appliqué silk gown looks like something Lily Allen would wear it’s strapless bodice is nipped in at the waist and then magically flares out creating an astonishingly elegant silhouette. Vogue declared that ‘eventful skirts were Balmain specialty’.

You could conclude that famous designers have been influenced by these past designers. A red lipstick evening dress by Jean Dressès is very reminiscent to Valentino’s signature gowns, which is not surprising as Valentino worked with Dressès before becoming a couturier himself. This dress with its wonderful structure is full of romance, beauty and femininity.

Other Key pieces included ‘Flowers of the Fields of France’ a ceremonial gown by Norman Hartnell, which was worn by Her Majesty the Queen and a green silk brocade evening dress by Herbert de Gevenchy.

The show is well worth taking a look at if your interested in clothing!

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