Bronze & silver geometric patterned brocade
day dress with decorative fur tippet.
The first dress you see! I love a bit of brocade.
I spent a few days in London recently and went to this amazing exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. It is only on until the 23rd February so if you get a chance to go in the next two days I really would do. It focuses on the timeless elegance of fashionable London couture and the selection of outfits is absolutely stunning. Only a few are behind glass, the rest are on mannequins so you can get quite close up and see all the amazing fine detail.
I thought about writing about the lives of Hartnell and Amies and their influence on couture but then realised that I just want to talk about the beautiful clothes and that others have written huge books on the subject. If you wish to read more about them and the period of couture featured in this exhibition then this book, this book and this book should cover it.
I am showing the outfits pretty much in the order that they are laid out in the exhibition so that it will be a little like taking a tour around it yourself. This is why they are not in period order.
There are lots and lots of photographs to come!
Embroidered silk satin wedding dress for
Miss Oonagh Guinness.
The picture does not do it justice. It is so, so beautiful.
|Close up showing beading round neck, waist and cuffs and|
|Close up of the embellishment on the train.|
I can't imagine how much time and patience this work would have taken.
Evening dress embroidered with
Worn by HM Queen Mary.
Hunting, shooting and fishing green tweed suit.
Worn by Lady Delamere.
Check out the knickerbockers!
Black crepe evening dress with matching beaded
Such a gorgeous dress. One of my favourites.
Prince of Wales check fine woollen suit.
Worn by Mildred Shay.
Made in England. This adds unusual detail.
A sketch of the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth.
I love the Christmas cards. You could use these for inspiration for cards or
for making covered notebooks.
Sequin and feather hats worn by Virginia Cherrill.
I like the colour combination, classic metallic with a
shot of pink.
Gold silk dress with large bow.
Hours and hours of work here, it is so pretty.
Detail of embroidered black silk and velvet coat
with 3/4 sleeves. Known as the Jewel Coat.
Not to my taste but magnificent all the same.
Abstract white leaf printed blue silk day ensemble
of sleeveless dress and long sleeved loose coat.
Another favourite! I need a day ensemble!
Blue and grey fine tweed suit with blue velvet collar
and slant flaps to pockets.
Background - Hartnell 1959.
Ribbed taupe and grey suit with a velvet collar.
These make me want a suit even though I have no need
Blue crepe two piece suit with blue and white polka
dot detail. So lovely yet so simple.
Black and white printed silk three piece suit
with blouse top.
I like the cut and drape of this.
Pale celadon bias gut gown.
Full length view of the Jewel Coat in the background.
Dark red and black printed, glazed man made satin
cocktail dress. Boat shaped neck, fitted bodice,
3/4 sleeves and a full skirt.
I need this dress.
Copper satin strapless cocktail dress with a fitted
bodice and a full reinforced skirt with wide pleats.
Love the colour!
Chartreuse beaded evening dress.
The photo does not do the colour justice. It is a truly
stunning dress. I want it alot.
I don't seem to have written down who this is by
but it is too pretty to leave out.
Ivory silk evening dress with a fitted bodice, sweetheart
neckline and an open back to a full skirt with draped
Foreground. Amies. 1981.
Cream silk taffeta wedding dress with long sleeves.
It has a draped bustle effect held by bunches of white
roses. Worn by the Duchess of Buccleuch.
Embroidered crystal bead vermicelli pattern grosgrain white
Look at all that work!
Satin organza wedding dress worn by Lady Anne Coke.
Embroidered sky blue and white silk faile evening dress.
I don't know that I like this dress but the detail is amazing.
Brown silk satin short evening dress.
This looks stunning but very wearable.
Pearl grey gathered and draped shot silk taffeta cocktail
dress with wrap around panel.
I think this is a really interesting shape.
Scarlet nubbed wool cape with black and white
checked fabric lining.
I would love to have this cape.
Pink and gold abstract patterned brocade evening coat
with long sleeves.
Another lovely piece of brocade.
Sky blue satin cocktail dress with floating fringed sash
and saucer button decoration.
Worn by the Duchess of Leeds.
I bet it looks amazing on.
Pink chiffon and net embroidered cocktail dress with
Worn by Barbara Cartland.
Again, not to my taste but I had to include it because it just screams
Hat close up in next picture.
the flowers were made.
On the left is a wedding dress made by Worth London in 1950. It is a cream damask full skirted , pleated dress with a drop shoulder bodice. Worn by Miss Peggy Cummins.
In the middle is a pink silk organza suit by Michael of Carlos Place in 1960. It is a straight dress with a waisted jacket with 3/4 length sleeves.
On the right is a pale green zibeline butterfly and leaf diamante evening dress made by Cavanagh in 1962. It has slim shoulder straps and a slim bow at the waist. It was worn by Lady Daphane Straight.
Dotted throughout the exhibition were sketches of designs by Hartnell and Amies. This are beautiful works of art, finely drawn with the detail painted in. The photographs are not brilliant but I am including a couple as I don't want to leave them out of the story.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of the exhibition.