The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957, Part II


Evening dress (on the cover) by Pierre Balmain. Printed silk, 1957.

Evening dress by Jean Desses


Dress designed by Jean Desses, modeled by Jeannie Patchett, photographed by Norman Parkinson, 1950.


“Cygne Noir” (Black Swan), designed by Christian Dior in faille and silk velvet. Autumn/Winter 1949-50 collection. Given to the V&A by Baroness Antoinette de Ginsbourg.

Photograph by Cecil Beaton, 1953


Surprisingly for such a beautiful dress, there’s no more information included in the book, other than the year and the photographer.

All photographs taken from “The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957“, edited by Claire Wilcox.

Second in my series on the Victoria & Albert Museum Couture exhibit at the Frist Center in Nashville. Click here for the first post.

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