V&A Announces Huge Christian Dior Exhibition

Spanning from 1947 to the present day Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will open at the V&A in February 2019 to trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers. The exhibition will present over 500 objects with over 200 rare haute couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, … Read more

When Film Costumes Are Recognised So Will Their Designers

While archiving significant film costumes is now commonplace many gems of the first century of film are lost. More to the point, many efforts to preserve these pieces as collections have failed despite huge collector interest.  The reason comes down to a historic failure to recognise the significant contribution of the female-dominated world of costume … Read more

Controversial 1920s Speedos to Feature in New V&A Museum

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A pioneering swimsuit design that caused outrage almost a century ago is to be displayed in the V&A’s new museum in Dundee, Scotland, opening September 15, 2018. The Speedo “racerback” costume for men was produced in the 1920s when swimsuits were made out of wool and had sleeves for greater concealment of the body. The … Read more

Recreating the Grande Descente of an Ocean Liner

V&A exhibition Ocean Liners Speed and Style recreates grande descente of fashion 1920s eveningwear

The luxurious staircase that formed a quintessential part of every elite 20th Century ocean liner was a profound showcase for the outfits of fashionable patrons. The V&A recreated this event in its exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style with a projection of figures descending a mockup staircase in replica 1920s couture eveningwear. For many passengers the … Read more

This “Amateur” Digitised an 18th Century Court Coat

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Christine Yoo Millar saw the Costume Rag’s image of a luxuriously-embroidered French court coat at the V&A in London and felt immediately inspired. Having learned to digitise historical embroidery at Costume College – an annual three-day costuming arts conference in California – she undertook an incredible project that would see her recreate by machine what … Read more

How Toxic is Your Hat?

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Have you ever stopped to think about your favourite vintage hat and its connection to the original Mad Hatter in 1865? Fear not for this is not the Daily Mail health column but just a century ago literally thousands of hat makers received chronic exposure to mercury fumes when felting rabbit furs to make headwear. … Read more

Gems: Who Was This Amazing Mini-Suit Made For?

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You won’t believe this sweet little set from 1765 now on display in the V&A. No, it was not made for a child. While it is cut in the exact same way as an adult garment should be it is too small for an infant. Instead it is thought that this might well be a … Read more