The Golden Age of Couture

The Golden Age of Couture

Paris and London, 1947-57

Book - 2007
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In 1947, Christian Dior's "New Look" was greeted with both shock and delight, making headlines around the world. Accompanying the exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum in September 2007, this lavish book focuses on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, the decade Dior hailed as fashion's "golden age."

The "New Look" symbolized a new femininity. The full skirts and hourglass silhouettes were considered highly decadent, synonymous with luxury and prosperity, in marked contrast to the austerity of the WWII 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 Dior as well as from such designers as Balenciaga, Balmain, and Givenchy, along with evocative photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton.

This beautifully designed book reveals the skill and craftsmanship of haute couture along with the inner workings of the exclusive design houses, and the inspiration behind some of the most famous styles of all time.
Publisher: London : V&A, 2007.
ISBN: 9781851775217
Branch Call Number: 746.92 Golden
Characteristics: 224 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ;,31 cm.


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Dec 26, 2009

A beautifully illustrated book on the greatest era in women's fashion. Its numerous essays enlighten the reader on the skill, creativity, and strategy involved in creating and selling haute couture. Many of the outfits are breath-taking and so stylish that it becomes difficult to date them. A real escape and a pleasure to read. A good follow-up read is "Dior in Vogue" also available through the library system.


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