Bask in the True Blue-Blooded Essence of Couture

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So you missed out on Montreal Fashion Week? Don’t you fret. You’ve been given another chance at front row seats to experience couture in all of its glory. From February 4 to April 25, the very fashionable Victoria and Albert Museum in London is holding an exhibition of couture circa 1950’s at our very own Musée national des beaux-arts.

The show, the Golden Age of Couture: 1947-1957 – named after Dior’s very own descriptive of this post-war era – is an extravagant melting pot of luxurious designs from icons such as Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain, Fath, and countless others. More than 250 original creations ranging from gowns to period footwear and haute couture accessories can be admired in this almost private showing of our masters’ craft.

Dior shoes

Paris and London have long been unsurpassed capitals of glamorous elegance and impeccable tailoring. This exhibition does nothing less than lure you into a world of aristocratic beauty that once was reserved for the very wealthy. Visitors will gasp as they take hold of Balmain’s delicate dresses and petticoats, or Vivier’s coral and diamante embroidered satin shoe. You’ll be delighted to know that the museum even showcases Dior’s trendsetting Bar suit.

Bar suit

This is surely an event that cannot be missed. And while it is a bit out of the way in Québec city, it is well worth the weekender… and a chance to snatch up a few exclusive (and oh so reminiscent of the old city) items from Myco Anna’s ethical collection, or a Marie Dooley signature dress for a lavish Saturday night in our capital.

dress fath

Enjoy the show… and the shopping!

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