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The golden age of couture : Paris and London, 1947-57 / edited by Claire Wilcox.

Contributor(s): Wilcox, Claire | Victoria and Albert Museum.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : V&A Publications, 2008Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some col.) ; 31 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781851775217 (pbk.).Subject(s): Fashion design -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century | Fashion design -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century | Fashion design -- France -- History -- 20th century | Fashion design -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 391.00904
Contents:
Dior's golden age : the renaissance of couture / Claire Wilcox -- Inside Paris haute couture / Alexandra Palmer -- Material evidence : London couture, 1947-57 / Amy de la Haye -- Perfect harmony : textile manufacturers and haute couture, 1947-57 / Lesley Ellis Miller -- Dior and Balenciaga : a different approach to the body / Catherine Join-Diéterle -- Cecil Beaton and his anthology of fashion / Hugo Vickers -- Intoxicated on images : the visual culture of couture / Christopher Breward -- The legacy of couture / Claire Wilcox.
Introduction / Claire Wilcox -- Dior's golden age : the renaissance of couture / Claire Wilcox -- The new look / Claire Wilcox -- Inside Paris haute couture / Alexandra Palmer -- Jean Desses / Sonnet Stanfill -- Jacques Fath / Eleri Lynn -- Material evidence : London couture 1947-57 / Amy de la Haye -- Miss Virginia Lachasse / Amy de la Haye -- John Cavanagh / Amy de la Haye -- Perfect harmony : textile manufacturers and haute couture 1947-57 / Lesley Ellis Miller -- Embroidery / Claire Wilcox -- Dior and Balenciaga : a different approach to the body / Catherine Join-Dieterle -- Balenciaga : master tailor / Lesley Ellis Miller -- Cecil Beaton : and his anthology of fashion / Hugo Vickers -- Lady Alexandra / Eleri Lynn -- Intoxicated on images : the visual culture of couture / Christopher Breward -- Richard Avedon / Abraham Thomas -- Erwin Blumenfeld / Abraham Thomas -- The legacy of couture / Claire Wilcox.
Review: "The Golden Age of Couture celebrates a momentous decade in fashion history that began with the launch of Christian Dior's famous New Look in 1947 and ended with his death in 1957. It was Dior himself who christened this era fashion's 'golden age', a period when haute couture thrived and Paris enjoyed renown worldwide for the luxurious creations of designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy. While never competing with Paris in terms of glamour, London also proved itself a burgeoning fashion capital, boasting Savile Row, the undisputed home of bespoke tailoring, and prominent couturiers such as Charles Creed, Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell, who dressed debutantes, aristocrats and the royal family."--BOOK JACKET.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This sumptuous book, now available in a deluxe paperback edition, focuses on Parisian and British couture during the decade that Christian Dior described as fashion's 'golden age'. Stunning gowns and exquisite tailoring from designers such as Balenciaga, Hartnell, Amies, Balmain, Givenchy and Dior are accompanied by evocative photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Cecil Beaton. The skill and craftsmanship of haute couture, the inner workings of the exclusive design houses, and the inspiration behind some of the most famous styles of all time are revealed in detail.

Originally published: 2007.

"This book is published in conjuction with the exhibition "The golden age of couture : Paris and London 1947-1957" at the V&A (22 September 2007-6 January 2008)."

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 218) and index.

Dior's golden age : the renaissance of couture / Claire Wilcox -- Inside Paris haute couture / Alexandra Palmer -- Material evidence : London couture, 1947-57 / Amy de la Haye -- Perfect harmony : textile manufacturers and haute couture, 1947-57 / Lesley Ellis Miller -- Dior and Balenciaga : a different approach to the body / Catherine Join-Diéterle -- Cecil Beaton and his anthology of fashion / Hugo Vickers -- Intoxicated on images : the visual culture of couture / Christopher Breward -- The legacy of couture / Claire Wilcox.

1. Introduction / Claire Wilcox -- 2. Dior's golden age : the renaissance of couture / Claire Wilcox -- The new look / Claire Wilcox -- 3. Inside Paris haute couture / Alexandra Palmer -- Jean Desses / Sonnet Stanfill -- Jacques Fath / Eleri Lynn -- 4. Material evidence : London couture 1947-57 / Amy de la Haye -- Miss Virginia Lachasse / Amy de la Haye -- John Cavanagh / Amy de la Haye -- 5. Perfect harmony : textile manufacturers and haute couture 1947-57 / Lesley Ellis Miller -- Embroidery / Claire Wilcox -- 6. Dior and Balenciaga : a different approach to the body / Catherine Join-Dieterle -- Balenciaga : master tailor / Lesley Ellis Miller -- 7. Cecil Beaton : and his anthology of fashion / Hugo Vickers -- Lady Alexandra / Eleri Lynn -- 8. Intoxicated on images : the visual culture of couture / Christopher Breward -- Richard Avedon / Abraham Thomas -- Erwin Blumenfeld / Abraham Thomas -- 9. The legacy of couture / Claire Wilcox.

"The Golden Age of Couture celebrates a momentous decade in fashion history that began with the launch of Christian Dior's famous New Look in 1947 and ended with his death in 1957. It was Dior himself who christened this era fashion's 'golden age', a period when haute couture thrived and Paris enjoyed renown worldwide for the luxurious creations of designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy. While never competing with Paris in terms of glamour, London also proved itself a burgeoning fashion capital, boasting Savile Row, the undisputed home of bespoke tailoring, and prominent couturiers such as Charles Creed, Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell, who dressed debutantes, aristocrats and the royal family."--BOOK JACKET.

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