29 Sep 2013

The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon!

I love the Fashion and Textile museum in Bermondsey! Their exhibitions are a real indulgence of colour, lush fabrics, prints and design! Focusing on the glamour of the couture label Bellville Sassoon, including Irish designer Lorcan Mullany, the current exhibition is no exception. I took a few pics of my favourite "details" from some of the many beautiful gowns.  

Rose printed satin ball dress with ivory tulle skirt A modern bustle!
A sculpture!. No need for a necklace with such a detailed neck line! Many dresses had to be designed for a clients specific piece of jewellery with the designer visiting vaults to view the jewels in person as they were too valuable to bring to the salon! One lady visited with  a pen line on her neck showing where her necklace would sit as the insurance would be too expensive to remove from the vault!! 
It must have taken hours to hand embroider and bead these exquisite corset type tops!
I love bows, especially a quirky oversized one tipped upside down to great effect!
I thought the clever woven fabric detail on the chest of the chiffon ball gown gave it a Grecian feel!
Virginal, lady-like and slinky! The blue frock had such elegant attitude!!
Very similar designs....yet the difference a colour can make!
The beading!! And the flattering swathe of fabric in the body....must have taken days to design and actually create!
Princess Diana's going away outfit after her wedding - the simplest and least fussy garment on display. It seemed very forlorn and plane on the dummy...yet worn it came to life.

The exhibition is on until January 2014