The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon exhibition

Catherine Poole


The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon exhibition


For my arts award I am looking at creating a serious of photos depeicting dresses and the jornuey of a dress within these as I was intreged in the type of dress or style I could include I decided to visit an exhibition within the lonond fashion and textile museum.

Recently I went to visit the Fashion and Textiles museum in London to see an exhibiton called the glamour of belville sassoon which exhibited various high fashion couture dresses. The exhibiton ahd a wide variety which showcased different eras sucha s 1950s and 30s. I found the exhibition very inspiring and helpful to my arts practice. As well as the dresses there were patterns and graphics printed and you were able to look through as they were exhibited in books. The exhibition had a lot of information and gave me a lot of knowledge about coutre and bespoke dresses as well as the purpose and ideas behind them such themse were unique and fantasty and creating theatrical expressions through dresses.

In general the exhitbion had a classical appearance as the dresses were exhibited behind glass and showcased the importance and deicate features fo the dresses. The exhibition was in a circle and central compostion as you walked around and through to navigate your way. The progression of the dresses and the eras was shown as you went though the exhibition as well as this one thing I found very obvious was that the exhibition had a dull format that was enhanced by the lighting.

I found that the dresses from the 50s era were my favourite as they had transitional elemstn that would still look got today as well as the frilling and shapes to the dress there was also elements of contour and definitive and intricate detaisl that ki found inspiring. As wellas this there were wporks form a range of designers who were both well known and lesser which I found interesting.

Overall I found the exhibition helped me in my inspirations and ideas for my arts practice as well as finalizing my ideas in to what factors I want. Although the areas of presentation and how I could present my photos did ot help me the most as the format of the exhitbion was completely different. The exhibition helped develop my ideas of dresses and what qualities  I want to achieve within my practice.


“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 glamour 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.


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