Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Tale of Two Cities


If there's time to squeeze one cultural experience into the frantic schedule, it has to be this exhibit. Just a short trot in high heels from the main fashion tents, The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 is a landmark show bringing to life the heyday of couture through precious dresses, the indelible photography of Beaton and Avedon, and rare documentary film footage. A lost version of Dior's 1954 Zemire gown has been unearthed from a Paris basement just in time for the 60th anniversary of the New Look, and stands alongside several of John Galliano's recent homages to "Monsieur." Also highlighted is the work of Givenchy, Balenciaga, and London's Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies.

Photo: Loomis Dean / Getty Images / Courtesy of V&A Museum

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