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In 1947, Christian Diors New Look was greeted with both shock and delight, making headlines around the world. First published to accompany the acclaimed exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2007, and now available in paperback, this lavish book focuses on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, the decade Dior hailed as fashions golden age. This sumptuous book offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes of some of the worlds most exclusive fashion houses and reveals the inspiration, skill, and craftsmanship required to create these iconic styles. Stunning gowns and exquisite tailoring by Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, and of course Dior, among others, are captured in photographs by Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, and Richard Avedon. Also pictured are the legendary faces of the dayAudrey Hepburn, Margot Fonteyn, Queen Elizabeth II, and more. This book is a not-to-be missed delight.
Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator in the V&A’s Textiles & Fashion department. She curated the highly successful exhibitions Vivienne Westwood, The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace, and Radical Fashion, and edited the accompanying books.