The golden age of couture : Paris and London, 1947-57 /

"The Golden Age of Couture celebrates a momentous decade in fashion history that began with the launch of Christian Dior's famous New Look in 1947 and ended with his death in 1957. It was Dior himself who christened this era fashion's 'golden age', a period when haute coutur...

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Other Authors / Creators:Wilcox, Claire.
Other Corporate Authors / Creators:Victoria and Albert Museum.
Format: Book
Language:English
Imprint: London : V & A, 2007.
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Retention:Retained for Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST) http://eastlibraries.org/retained-materials
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Summary:"The Golden Age of Couture celebrates a momentous decade in fashion history that began with the launch of Christian Dior's famous New Look in 1947 and ended with his death in 1957. It was Dior himself who christened this era fashion's 'golden age', a period when haute couture thrived and Paris enjoyed renown worldwide for the luxurious creations of designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy. While never competing with Paris in terms of glamour, London also proved itself a burgeoning fashion capital, boasting Savile Row, the undisputed home of bespoke tailoring, and prominent couturiers such as Charles Creed, Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell, who dressed debutantes, aristocrats and the royal family."--Jacket.
This lavish book focuses on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, a decade that Christian Dior described as fashion's 'golden age'. Dior's 'New Look' collection of 1947 shocked and delighted the fashion world, creating a style that symbolised a new femininity.The full skirts and hour glass silhouettes were considered highly decadent, synonymous with luxury and extravagance, in marked contrast to the austerity of the war years. Nevertheless, the 'New Look' caught the public imagination and ushered in a period of remarkable creativity.<br> The Golden Age of Couture features stunning gowns and exquisite tailoring from designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Hartnell and Dior as well as evocative photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Cecil Beaton.<br> This beautifully designed book explores couture from the post-war era to the global success of the major brands by the late 1950s, at which point fashion began to change, influenced by the 'youthquake' of the early 60s. The skill and craftsmanship of haute couture, the inner workings of the exclusive design houses, their clients and the inspiration behind some of the most famous styles of all time are revealed.
Item Description:"This book is published in conjuction with the exhibition "The golden age of couture : Paris and London 1947-1957" at the V & A (22 September 2007-6 January 2008."
Physical Description:224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 31 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781851775200
185177520X
1851775218
9781851775217
Author Notes:Claire Wilcox is senior curator of the Furniture, Textiles, and Fashion department at the Victoria and Albert Museum and lecturer at the London College of Fashion.