Month: September 2007

Revising history: Haute couture

From the Guardian: Dress yarn sheds light on haute couture:

Few dresses have as intriguing a tale to tell as the 53-year-old Dior Zemire ensemble which stars in the Victoria and Albert’s imminent exhibition of 1940s and 1950s haute couture. Not only does this dress illustrate the story of how dressmaking was replaced by ready-to-wear fashion, but its history features flooded cellars next to the Seine, a spell in an amateur dramatic dressing-up box, a chance discovery at auction – and a mystery eventually solved thanks to a Guardian article.