When Christian Dior launched his famous New Look in 1947, he both delighted and scandalized the public (all that fabric!), and sparked a golden age of creativity in the Couture, which lasted until his death a decade later. Along with fellow fashion luminaries of the day - including Cristóbal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain and celebrated London designers such as Hardy Amies, Charles Creed and Norman Hartnell - a new standard in impeccable workmanship and design was set, one that has rarely been surpassed since.
The next best thing to being able to travel back in time to the glamorous Maisons of Mode in Paris and London is probably The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957, a new exhibition organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London which enjoyed record-breaking attendance at its London launch, and its subsequent presentations in Australia, Hong Kong and Canada.
The international tour lands at the only US venue on June 18, 2010, the Ingram Gallery of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, where it will remain on view through Sept. 12, 2010.