The V&A current exhibition is The Golden Age of Couture, Paris and London 1947-1957. I'd give my eye teeth to see this, but sadly don't think I'll manage it. However, lucky me received a beautiful surprise package from a London friend with a postcard book from the exhibition and I've been flicking through it lovingly almost every night since, thank you darling Miss Finn.
The fashion is fabulous. The photography of the fashion is sublime. I think I was born in the wrong era. Just look...
Left, 'Zémire' evening ensemble by Christian Dior, shown without jacket. Vogue (French edition), September 1954. Photograph by Clifford Coffin. Right, Ready-to-wear copy of 'Zémire' by Susan Small, silk satin. Vogue (British edition), November 1954.
Shoes by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior. Pink satin embroidered with metal thread and sequins, Paris about 1958.
And on the topic of shoes, the V&A have a Design a Shoe Competition. Shoes are an integral part of any fashion style, and this was particularly true during 1947-57.
If you are inspired to create you own shoe design then you can submit your design to the V&A where it'll be judged by none other than Professor Jimmy Choo OBE.
If shoes aren't your thing, you can also design a couture inspired dress.
Dress and petticoat, Pierre Balmain, Paris.
The V&A has many events and courses, so if you live in London take advantage of these extra activities. For those of us not in London, all is not lost. The V&A have a series of three short podcasts about the Golden Age of Couture have been produced to accompany this exhibition. The podcasts feature interviews and insights from those involved in the world of couture.
The Golden Age of Couture exhibition runs September 22, 2007 - January 6, 2008.