London Couture 1923-1975 British Luxury
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London Couture 1923-1975 British Luxury £50
Hardback, 344 pages, 300 illustrations
This is the first book to examine this luxury industry , internationally renowned for its superb craftsmanship and attention to detail. A team of expert authors have delved into the archives of prestigious designers, textile suppliers and fashionable journals to create a fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of the 'London Look' and its origins.
Stunning garments are put into their historical context by a wealth of never-before-seen archival material-from beautiful prints by celebrated photographer Norman Parkinson, to the elegant, original illustrations of Francis Marshall. The great designers and houses, from Norman Hartnell and Charles James, to Hardy Amies and Worth (London) Ltd, are all included and their legacy traced in contemporary couture.
Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion & Textiles at The Bowes Museum was invited to profile Peter Russell. Although a well-known couturier in the 1940s and 50s, he is one of the designers analysed in the book that have been largely forgotten and undocumented until now. Her research reveals that Peter Russell was not only a supremely skilled designer but he was also a fascinating character.