Ocean Liners at the V & A : Dior and Dietrich

Friday night was members’ preview of the V & A Ocean Liners exhibition. So I expected glamour.  Some rather lovely film sequences of ballrooms, and, entertainingly,  a windswept deck fashion show on film.

And, of course, glamour means Dior:

Blog Feb 18 Marlene Dietrich SuitA Christian Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich arriving in New York on the Queen Elizabeth in 1950.  And here she is with a few captivating stills from a film of her posing in a suit by Adrian (memo to self: look him or her up) on the Queen Mary in New York 1939: Blog Feb 18 Marlene Dietrich 2

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Other clothes to see?  Quite a few and an on-deck “swimming pool” to show off the period swimwear, with an Ocean liner steaming away (yuk! look at the smoke) in the background: Blog Feb 18 V&A Ocean Liners 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Louise Dahl Wolfe photographs….Dior and other things

Now we are into dark January, so some of the time things can still seem black and white.  Before it closed, I managed to get to the exhibition of Louise Dahl Wolfe’s photography at the Fashion and Textile Museum.  What did she photograph?  Dior, of course.

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But also portraits – and who could rival M. Dior?  Vionnet, quite possibly.  I love this portrait of her taken by Louise Dahl Wolfe:Blog Jan 18 Louise Dahl Wolfe Vionnet

It’s a beautifully made suit on an intelligent woman, and I love both the shock of white hair and the way it is captured.

Picking a third and final photo, how about:

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The label beside it said

“Looking at Matisse at the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1939:

The models wear jackets of nageiore [no, I’ve no idea] feathers from the department store Bonwit Teller in New York.  Dance 1 was completed by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) in 1910 as part of a commission, and sold by the artist’s son to Walter P. Chrysler Jr (1909-1998) in 1936.  The painting was given to the Museum of Modern Art in the 1960s by Nelson A. Rockerfeller (1908-1979).

Harpers Bazaar, July 1939.”

There’s so much history in that, and captured in 1939.  Nudes and Feathers.  And simply a great photo.

 

 

I’m dreaming of a (Black and) White Christmas

For Christmas Day I am going traditional and dreaming of glamourous films in black and white.

In a perfect fantasy there will be Dior. So here is a selection in black and white:

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Not many visitors were dressing for the occasion, perhaps initimidated, but hats off (or, rather, on) to this lady in the grand tradition:

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And just in case that’s not enough, for a Christmas bonus a whole wall of black and white:

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Stars under the Dior Label

So far I have shown Mr. Dior’s dresses, but the Paris exhibition covered designers under the label as well.  I will leave aside Yves St. Laurent as he deserves his own space – I went to a big St. Laurent retrospective at the Bowes Museum last year.  I did, of course, take in his own museum in Paris as well.  But back to Dior.

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That’s Gianfrance Ferre.  As is this:

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And how could anyone omit Jean Paul Gaultier (who also had his own splendid exhibition at the Barbican a couple of years ago – yes, I went):

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And Marc Bohan:

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I’m stopping there as I’m very much into the vintage feel of the exhibition so Raf Simons isn’t included although I’ve mentioned the lovely Flo in the film Dior & I, and maybe when I’ve uploaded a fair few more of my Paris exhibition pics – more to come – I’ll look at a couple of still from that.

Lipstick Red Dior

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The third (I think) room of the exhibition was given over to a display where full sized gowns, reduced size models (more on this later) and hats, shoes and bags were all mixed up together.

So today’s theme is lipstick red

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Even when I’ve only posted two dresses I find it hard to pick between them.  Here are more:Blog November 17 Dior9

 

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