The Fashion and Textile Museum's latest exhibit features gowns from Bellville Sassoon, an oft overlooked label here in North America bit one prized in the UK. The museums press release describes the show as "Bellville Sassoon has been synonymous with high fashion for over 50 years. As Britain’s foremost couture label from the 1960s onwards, founder Belinda Bellville with designers David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullany, dressed many of the world’s most stylish women, including Diana, Princess of Wales. This exhibition traces the history of British glamor from the couture houses of the late 1950s, to the celebrities who became clients of the company. It also explores the influence of ready-to-wear and Vogue patterns." and we have some shots from the exhibit itself.
Though a lot of the gowns still seem a bit to eighties (mostly due to the fact that it was the eighties when they had their hey day) there are a few earlier pieces that had a decidedly bohemian flare that we love. We scoop up the earlier pieces when we can like this this silk chiffon beauty in the shop now (click to view). And we would give our left arm for that embroidered coat you see just under this paragraph and to the right! If you are in London its a definite must-see. It opened yesterday and runs until January 2014.
For more information visit the Fashion and Textile Museum Website