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
About the Author
Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator in the V&A s Textiles & Fashion department. She curated the highly successful exhibitions Vivienne Westwood, The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace, and Radical Fashion, and edited the accompanying books."
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I bought it as inspiration for my designs and have found the text to be just as interesting as the pictures. There#s just enough text to give you information about each of the houses. I also like the keys to each picture which, although simple, give a glimpse into the life of the outfit. It benefits from recent pictures from the dresses gifted to the V&A museum in London although I prefer the original photshoots.
I bought the paperback version which has a strong cover and the inside pages of good quality so if your money doesn't stretch to the hardback fear not.
I recommend this as a treat to yourself or for a friend who will love you forever for buying them this present.
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.
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
It is a beautiful and thoughtfully put together book that is truly inspirational, as is anything coming from the V&A.
A wonderful window to a by-gone era. Treat yourself to this lovely book and spend many hours drifting back to a world where women were women, clothes were beautiful and corsets were tight!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was developed to coincide with the V & A’s Golden Age of Couture Exhibition in London in 2007. Read morePublished 8 months ago by GRP
See my review of Michael Pick's Be Dazzled! earlier on my Profile page. I sent away for this in hardback directly from V&A when I recognised poster for the exhibition.Published 14 months ago by Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner
What a golden age. Fabulous photos give a real feel of the era. Beautiful couture shown at its best and make you wish you could turn the clock back.Published on 4 Feb. 2014 by Mrs Lynn Spence
I am disappointed that there are so few photos and even fewer full colour photos of the beautiful ideas and clothes expressed in the book. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2013 by Old cat
This book has some great pictures. I love vintage frocks, especially Dior, and this book has some lovely dresses to look at. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Sue UK
This book is a reference book, it is derived form the exhibition at the V&A some years ago now. It contains beautiful images of garments and fashion photography. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2013 by patterncutter
The softcover, thick paged, heavy, large format book includes beautifully photographed and lushly described fashions, starting from Dior's New Look in 1947 and ending with his... Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by Talvi