Couture – up close and personal

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You’ve probably seen couture garments beautifully displayed in exhibitions but have you ever got up close? 

Last week, thanks to friend and wonderfully talented womenswear tailor Dara Stringham, I did.

We went to a small and very intimate presentation at the Fashion and Textile Museum hosted by the curator, Dennis Nothdruft.

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect but I was just as excited as all the master tailor and tailoresses in the room that day.

Dennis introduced us to 27 haute couture and couture garments, some from a private collection. Clothes which had been created by the houses of Dior, Chanel, Elisabeth Arden, Balenciaga, and YSL gave us wonderful insight into the history of fashion and dressmaking brought to life through a woman's wardrobe.

We were allowed to handle, inspect and photograph the workmanship and details of each piece. White cotton gloves were worn throughout.

 

 Dior 

Dior 

 Dior 

Dior 

 Chanel

Chanel

 Functional pocket detail 

Functional pocket detail 

 Sleeve detail

Sleeve detail

 Courrèges - space age

Courrèges - space age

 Courrèges - investigation

Courrèges - investigation

 Post-war Britain 

Post-war Britain 

 Sleeve detail 

Sleeve detail 

 Anna Belinda 1970s vintage Liberty print

Anna Belinda 1970s vintage Liberty print

 Button detail 

Button detail 

 Versace couture

Versace couture

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Meanwhile Dara was getting involved with what was going on with the stitching and construction, reminiscing back to the days when she learned her trade. If you want to check out her work Dara is on instagram.