London Fashion Week presents the perfect timing for the launch of the latest highly-anticipated exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum. Situated across the road from the British Fashion Council tents the exhibition, whose launch party attracted the likes of Kate Moss, Jemima Khan and Mario Testino goes on until the 6th January. It looks at the development of bespoke clothing from 1947 - 1957, an era that Christian Dior coined "The Golden Age".
[images courtesy of V&A]


Despite the the work done by women during wartime as the men returned from battle Europe was in a nostalgic mood and re-establishing traditional gender roles was part of this. People were beginning to feel more optimistic about the future and womenswear was becoming an important part of the economy. The curator explained how she carefully chose the outfits on show (mainly consisting of dresses and day suits) from the V&A's archive which holds 80,000 classic pieces.


If you are a fashion fan then you will definitely appreciate seeing this exhibition in the flesh. You will see toiles, patterns, miniature mock ups of dresses and videos; it's a feast for the eyes and a trip down memory lane for me. I used to love poring over fashion books as a child and this exhibition covers all the designers from the era from Dior to Balenciaga and lesser-known names such as Worth. There are three rooms, the first reveals the construction that went into each garment and the re-emergence of couture after the war.

The second room showcases some of the fabulous fashion images by celebrated photographers like Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon and leads into a catwalk style exhibition of magnificent tailored pieces. The penultimate display is the showstopper, evening dresses by the dozen in silk, tulle, crepe that will make you 'oooh' and 'aaah'. You will definitely leave astounded at the craftsmanship that goes into each garment and wondering whether fast fashion a là Primark is really that much of a good idea.
[images courtesy of V&A]