|The Manchester Gallery of Costume|
A couple of weeks ago I went on a very jolly jaunt with a group of friends to The Gallery of Costume in Manchester. The museum has permanent displays of historical costume and fashion history and also hosts temporary exhibitions. We wanted to catch the Dior exhibition and made it on its last day! I am so very glad that we did as it was fantastic!
The exhibition featured Paris and London couture and included day dresses and cocktail and evening wear. It wasn't large but it covered a wide range of styles. Most of the dresses were shown next to photographs of models wearing them at the time. The dresses, bar one, were not behind glass so it was possible to get close up and really see the details and skilled work that had gone into making them. It allowed you to see the fabric properly and to view the dress from several angles. There was also a video of a fashion show from Dior's heyday and some original sketches and lots of information about each outfit.
|Original Dior sketches|
|Original Dior sketches and a roll of garment labels|
So, enough from me, onto the dresses. This is a picture heavy post!
|Cocktail dress and jacket, probably 1959|
|Ligne Aimant, Evening dress, 1956|
|Back view of evening dress|
|Model wearing evening dress|
|Ligne Verticale, day dress, 1950.|
|Details of tartan dress.|
|Similar dress on a model.|
|Ligne Tulipe cocktail dress, 1953|
|Close up of Ligne Tulipe dress bodice|
|Ligne Zigzag, day dress, 1948|
|Another version of Ligne Zigzag|
|Probably Ligne H-line, cocktail dress, 1955|
|Close up of Ligne H-line dress|
|A model in the cocktail dress|
It said that the dress belonged to Faith Eaton who was the Queen's doll restorer (what a job)! It is suggested that it was given to her as a gift by Princess Margaret, whom I imagine would have looked marvellous in it.
|Ligne Corolle (New Look)|
|Cabaret bodice, 1947|
|Bodice modelled by actress Ruth Conklin|
|Ligne Corolle dress on a model|
The circle skirt that the bodice is paired with here was commissioned from Dior in 1949 by the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson.
|Ligne Trompe L'Oeil, cocktail dress, 1949|
|Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor|
|Ligne Aimant, cocktail dress, 1956|
|Close up of the embellishment on Ligne Aimant dress.|
|Back views of Dior dresses|
|Ligne Fuseau, dress and jacket, 1957|
|Close up of Ligne Fuseau jacket|
|Model wearing Ligne Fuseau outfit.|
These next dresses were in a different room and were behind a rope so it was only possible to take front view photos. The light was quite funny in the room, obviously to protect the dresses, so the quality of photos aren't my best. These dresses are all Christian Dior London labelled, the previous ones were Christian Dior Paris. The London franchise was started in 1952 and was a less prestigious label than Dior Paris.
|Evening dress, 1957|
|Cocktail dress, 1956|
|Ball gown, 1954|
|Evening dress, 1957|
|Cocktail dresses, 1950s|
Have you chosen which dresses you would add to your wardrobe?!