V&A Gallery of Fashion

V&A Gallery of Fashion_coverSpanning four centuries, the V&A’s Fashion Collection is the most comprehensive in the world, housing unrivalled collections of dress, accessories, shoes and hats from the seventeenth century to the present day.

This concise volume perfectly encapsulates the collection, from rare eighteenth-century gowns and exquisite eighteenth-century bodices to 1930s evening wear, post-war couture and show-stopping ensembles by contemporary designers.

Fashion designers represented include Charles Frederick Worth, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Mary Quant, Stephen Jones, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

This 160-page, hardcover, coffee-table-worthy book features stellar items from the Collection and is co-edited by Claire Wilcox and Jenny Lister.

Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of Fashion at V&A. She has curated many exhibitions including Vivienne Westwood (V&A 2004) and The Golden Age of Couture (V&A 2007).

Jenny Lister is a Curator of textiles and fashion at the V&A. She co-curated the V&A exhibitions Swinging Sixties (V&A 2006) and Grace Kelly Style (V&A 2010).

V&A Gallery of Fashion is distributed in Australia by Bloomsbury Publishing and is available at all leading book retailers.

For more information about the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), visit: www.vam.ac.uk for details.

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