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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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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.

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