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

While we were in Nashville a few weeks ago, Joe took me to the Frist Center to see The Golden Age of Couture Exhibit, organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The Frist is the only place the exhibit will be shown in the United States.

Postcard of Evening dress in silk taffeta by Crisobal Balenciag;, Paris, about 1955

Below are a few of the first pages of the Guide Book, giving a brief overview of some of the features of the exhibit. (Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them enough to read, and clicking on the magnifying glass will increase the size even further. Please excuse the notes I made.)

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957 will run through September 12, 2010. According to the Frist website, the exhibition broke all records when it opened at the Victoria & Albert in 2007. It was a wonderful exhibit and if Nashville is at all accessible to you or you are especially interested in fashion history or beautiful clothes, it is well worth the trip.

One added bonus was getting to “people watch”. It was an interesting mix of attendees, and I did notice that several of the younger women were more attractively dressed than most of us who can remember this time period.

Over the next few days, please check back to see photos from the lovely book I bought in the gift shop.


Filed under 1940s, 1950s, Clothing, Current Events, England, Events & Museums, Fashion, Femininity, Fun, Gloves, History, Internet links, Jewelry, Purses, Tennessee

3 responses to “The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957

  1. Carla,
    Thanks so much for coming to see the Couture exhibition at the Frist Center and for helping spread the word! It will be gone before we know it. Sept. 12 is the last day, and The Birth of Impressionsm exhibition opens Oct. 15. Whistler’s Mother is one of the paintings that will be here! We hope you’ll come back.

    • How kind of you to visit my blog! We were in Nashville (my first visit there) to go to the cancer center at Vanderbilt. The couture exhibit and the museum itself are fabulous (I’ll be doing a post soon on the museum building itself). If we lived closer (we are in north Texas), I would have gone several times because it can’t all be taken in during one visit.

      I chose Vanderbilt because of how impressed I was by the way your city responded to the awful flooding. It is a bright, shining city and I would love to visit again.

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