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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Golden Age of Couture

To celebrate the birth if modern fashion there is a exhibition, "The Golden Age of Couture" at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition marks the anniversary of Christian Dior's "New Look" launch in 1947, which marked the beginning of the "golden age". The exhibition's assistant curator Eleri Lynn said New Look began a period of unparalleled creativity when designers like Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Hubert de Givenchy and Dior all worked in the same city. The exhibition allows visitors to follow the lives of the great couturiers and the houses they founded, and find out more about their training, careers and work. It explores the connections and events that link the earliest days of couture in Paris and London from 1947 through to 1957. Alongside the tailored suits, petticoats and Dior's tight-fitting "Bar suit", the museum's website allows Internet surfers to submit a short video about "your" dress, create a couture-inspired 1950s frock or have your own shoe creation judged by Professor Jimmy Choo. The interactive part of the exhibition also includes three short podcasts featuring interviews and insights into the era from the creative director at Hardy Amies, the family of high society couture client Lady Alexandra Dacre and Balenciaga's press officer Percy Savage

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