V&A Course: London Couture
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Explore the luxurious world of mid 20th century London couture, characterised by lavish ballgowns, sharply tailored suits and spectacular court dress.
The London couture industry was renowned for its superb craftsmanship and attention to detail; it attracted designers such as Norman Hartnell and Charles James and was represented by prestigious houses like Lucile, Worth and Hardy Amies. This study day, led by fashion historians Edwina Ehrman and Amy de la Haye, reviews the principal designers, their famous clients, the influential publications, the glamorous photographs, and the international reputation and legacy associated with London couture.