The Golden Age of Couture
Paris and London, 1947-57Book - 2007
The Golden Age of Couture features stunning gowns and exquisite tailoring from designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Hartnell and Dior as well as evocative photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Cecil Beaton.
This beautifully designed book explores couture from the post-war era to the global success of the major brands by the late 1950s, at which point fashion began to change, influenced by the 'youthquake' of the early 60s. The skill and craftsmanship of haute couture, the inner workings of the exclusive design houses, their clients and the inspiration behind some of the most famous styles of all time are revealed.
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A beautifully illustrated book on the greatest era in women's fashion. Its numerous essays enlighten the reader on the skill, creativity, and strategy involved in creating and selling haute couture. Many of the outfits are breath-taking and so stylish that it becomes difficult to date them. A real escape and a pleasure to read. A good follow-up read is "Dior in Vogue" also available through the library system.
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