Wednesday, 18 January 2012

the Golden Age of couture - V&A Museum.

London Fashion Week presents the perfect timing for the launch of the latest highly-anticipated exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum. It looks at the development of bespoke clothing from 1947 - 1957, an era that Christian Dior coined "The Golden Age".

If you are a fashion fan then you will definitely appreciate seeing this exhibition in the flesh. You will see toiles, patterns, miniature mock ups of dresses and videos; it is a beautiful exhibition to see. There are three rooms, the first reveals the construction that went into each garment and the re-emergence of couture after the war. The second room showcases some of the fabulous fashion images by celebrated photographers like Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon and leads into a catwalk style exhibition of magnificent tailored pieces. The penultimate display is the showstopper, evening dresses by the dozen in silk, tulle, crepe that will make you 'oooh' and 'aaah'. You will definitely leave astounded at the craftsmanship that goes into each garment and wondering whether fast fashion a là Primark is really that much of a good idea.


After visiting the V&A it opened my eyes into the world of Fashion and the different types there are out in the world, such as Contempary Fashion, Fashion in motion, 20th,19th and 18th Century Fashion, The Golden Age of Couture, Weddings, Fashion drawing and illustration, Cultural Fashion and so much more. Its exquisite and offers knowledge to gain and be inspired by.
I was particularily inspired by the article I found and also saw in the exibition on designer Atsuko Kudo, which was a latex ballgown. Kudo is a fetish clothing designer, and like McQueen, he doesn't follow the rules of wearble fashion. The couture latex is beauifully created and the pattern placed on the dress is unique which exubes creativity and thoughtfullness.

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