The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore

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

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Accompanying the popular 2007 exhibition at London's V&A, this well-presented 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. The Golden Age of Couture features beautiful gowns and exquisite tailoring from designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, and Dior as well as evocative photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton.

  • Authors: Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator of Fashion at V&A 
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Date published:  January 2008
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851775217
  • Product Dimensions: 31.0 x 24.0 cm