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The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 Paperback – 3 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: V&A Publishing; 01 edition (3 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851775218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851775217
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book for followers of fashion, designers, photographers, actually anyone who just likes to nosey about in the past. Inside you'll find outfits for day wear through to evening dresses and even some information about the couture houses and how they operated (looks like hard work).
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.
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I was given this for Xmas and it kept me enthralled for many hours. I am a designer myself and aspire to the standards of Haute Couture so it was truly a joy to have all the detail and personal stories brought to life. As with all V&A publications, the illustrations are of superb quality and the narrative engaging and well-written. I can recommend it to anyone with an interest in Fashion.
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Format: Paperback
A review had awakened an interest. The illustrations are of high quality and brought back memories of how we used to look in those days after the war years. The book is certainly good value for the money.
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Yet another "Book of the Film", sotospeak. A volume to accompany one of the rather spectacular exhibitions that London's Victoria & Albert museum does rather well. Didn't manage to get to this one (rats!), but I can console myself with this book... and it is very good. Ten years of high (and off-the-peg..) fashion in both London & Paris.
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.
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I loved every page of this book! It is packed full of history, information and glorious images. Anyone with an appreciation of aesthetics will love this book.
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Yet again Claire Wilcox and the team pull off another superb publication. Fashion is such an integral part of life and this book goes a long way to show what impact it had on women post war.

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
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my friend for her birthday and she loves it so much that as a thank you she bought me a Tiffany necklace! What more do you need to know?
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!
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Format: Paperback
The photos of the book remind me the dresses that I used to find as a child at my grandmothers closet! As an amateur fashion designer it gives inspiration of how clothes should be! A must buy!
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