With the birth of the New Look in 1947, launching
into what Christian Dior proclaimed a new "golden
age" of fashion, couture got its moxie back after
necessary restraint and deprivation of the war
years. A new era sashayed in with finery. Today,
this show at the Victoria & Albert Museum marks
the 60th anniversary of the New Look with a
broad-ranging display of the school's best
designers, as well as those they influenced.
From the movement's spearhead, Dior, to
Balenciaga, Givenchy and Pierre Balmain in Paris,
along with London couturiers Norman Hartnell and
Hardy Amies, a trend coalesced. Haute couture
became high-flown, formal, precisely tailored. Here
on display are over 100 dresses, including
daywear, cocktail dresses and evening dresses. To
give a sense of how such confections were worn,
rounding out the exhibition are newsreels,
photographs and Hollywood films, showing the
pieces in their time, on some of the swankest
figures of their day, from royalty to movie stars.
Proof indeed that the New Look is ripe for a brand
new envious gaze.

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