The golden age of couture : Paris and London, 1947-57
February 3, 2010
In 2010, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec will present The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London, 1947-57, an exhibition illustrating one of the richest and most strikingly memorable decades of fashion history.
Opening with the revolutionary “new look” unveiled by Christian Dior after World War II, the show highlights the pinnacle of haute couture that revolved around Dior and his contemporaries.
The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London, 1947-57 recalls the effervescence and spontaneity of the post-war years, when Paris reinvented fashion with a vast panorama of creations signed by the likes of Cristóbal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Balmain and Jacques Fath, and London followed suit with its own elegance styled by Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Victor Stiebel and Michael of London.
The exhibition presents more than 200 designs and features some hundred creations, among them day outfits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns worn by international high society and Britain’s royal family. Fashion photography is also well represented, with highly modern pictures by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and others. Documentary films, clips from Hollywood movies, audio documents and a wide assortment of archival material complete the presentation.
Drawn chiefly from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, the exhibition debuted at the V&A and has since toured to venues including the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, and China’s Hong Kong Heritage Museum.