Beautiful embellished dress from Miss Selfridge
Absolutely love this Victoria Beckham inspired dress from Asos!
Paris or London
Body and watercolour, charcoal and pencil, pen and Indian ink on coloured paper
Museum no. E.685-1997
This was drawn for Harper’s Bazaar around 1955. It shows a glamorous evening dress by Christian Dior (1905-57), featuring a full skirt and elaborate bustle bow.
Body and watercolour, charcoal, Chinese white, pen and Indian ink on coloured paper
Museum no. E.686-1997
This illustration features an evening dress by the London couturier Victor Stiebel (1907-76), drawn for Harper’s Bazaar in 1953. Stiebel liked using bold, contrasting stripes in his designs, and also typically referenced historical dress with voluminous panniers and bustles.
You must amaze. You must offend. You must excite.
These were the words of advice given to us by fashion journalist Colin McDowell. A fascinating lecture by a man, who has worked in the fashion industry and who has published many books and now writes for The Sunday Times Style.
It was refreshing to feel as if as a student today we have a chance to make an impact in the fashion industry, and that as students there is faith in us for when we graduate to make an impact.
These visiting lecturers have given small pieces of interesting insights into the beginnings of designers such as John Galliano, who at first was seen as a joke, with his designs and toile’s literally being thrown away if was not there early enough to save them!
Colin McDowell also spoke of the possibilities that designers in the east could bring to the west, for years the west have had great influence over fashion in the east, however this may be all about the change.
Did you know that the little black dress was inspired by the black dresses that maids wore in the early 20th century? Chanel took this inspiration and created a series of little black dresses with white collars, an American copywriter coined the term ‘little black dress’ and it has stuck ever since!