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Dior and Balmain at The V&A

October 12, 2013

The other day I went to meet my brother from work. He was running a bit late, but it’s all good because he works at one of my favourite museums in London The V&A. So after I’d picked myself up some dinner in the fantastic cafe I went to drool over some fabulous vintage and antique clothing.

The V&A is well-known for it’s fabulous collection of fashion dating hundreds of years. There is just so much there and I love seeing what they currently have on display. My favourite fashion eras of all time are early regency 1930s and 1950s. The V&A doesn’t disappoint when it comes to getting a good fix of these eras.

As someone who mostly buys and wears 50s fashions I thought I’d have a good look at the 50s clothing and these were my 3 absolute favourites. In another world where I am rich I would have a big collection of fifties couture and I’d like this sort of thing in it!

Embroidered silk organza evening dress trimmed with sequins, rhinestones and ostrich feathers by Pierre Balmain

Printed silk evening dress with applique details by Pierre Balmain
Cellulose acetate satin evening ensemble lined with silk with a boned net underdress by Christian Dior 

Aren’t these amazing. Since I will never own anything this spectacular I will settle for more everyday fifties fashions that women just like me would have worn sixty years ago. If you could have any fashion item and money was no object what would you choose?

The pictures in this post are a little dark as the lighting is very low in museums to avoid fading and you can’t use a flash!


  • Reply
    October 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    If money were no object, I’d probably pick a very early Chanel, made of jersey and very sporty!

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    October 13, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Oh, that last Dior ensemble – love the colour!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    October 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

    My word, these are stunning! I swear, I actually let out a wee little gasp when I saw the second and third. Thank you for fueling my vintage couture daydreams all the more with these photos, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply
    Melissa Massey
    October 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hello Catherine,

    The V&A is my favourite London museum too! Took quite a few pics of the costumes there a while ago (some beautiful vintage swimsuits – did you see them?). I’ll have to dig them out / go again!

    1950s is definitely my era too – I would go for the Chanel!

    Melissa x


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