The Victoria & Albert Museum wanted a grand setting designed for 2007’s major fashion exhibition. The exhibition’s narrative spanned the years 1947-57, the Golden Age of Couture, taking Christian Dior’s seminal New Look collection as a starting point and juxtaposing Paris and London as the hubs of couture and fashion. The aim was not only to present over one hundred couture outfits from the museum’s own collection as stand alone pieces of design, but also to deliver an insight into the systems of haute couture from creation to production, and to place the designs within their larger cultural and social context.
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