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The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 Paperback – 3 Sep 2008
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'Captures a time when dressing was an elegant art' Elle
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. "The Golden Age of Couture" features stunning 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.See all Product description
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The original volume (pub. 2007) cost thirtyfive pounds, brand new. I would have blinked a bit before laying down my hard-earned beer vouchers... but with a bit of a hunt you can find this at less painful prices.
Original gowns and suits. Original photos of original gowns and suits.. & a good bit of information about ten amazing years (ok, there are one or two photos of wartime creations...). A good addition to my collection.
The introduction simply explains the idea of the exhibition - but in the reviews on the Internet site, there is no mention of this book being a simple guide to the V & A exhibition! i wouldn't have wasted time and money ordering a guide to an exhibition tha was on 5 years ago!!
I have finally started reading the first chapter, but find little interest on the whole.
Very disappointing. I find it difficult to order other "couture" books that interested me.
What I especially liked was to finally see a picture of the model Bettina. This is the one and same individual that Vivienne Westwood named her Bettina jacket after. easy to see why
If you have any young aspiring designers in your household then this is essential reading
If you're looking for a gift for someone who's is studying fashion or photography or as in my finance's case, is fascinated by the fashion and designs of the era and would enjoy looking back at such beautiful designs, you will not go wrong with this book!!!
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