|The purpose built Bowes Musuem|
This 1970s Transparence dress has a Chantilly Lace
back and was the dress used in the photo used for
the Museum's advertising campaign.
This is the Broken Mirror haute couture evening jacket
and skirt - you cannot see the embellishment on the back of
the velvet jacket in this photo but the gold embroidery on
the front is by Lesage and quite beautiful.
|A close up of some of the hats on show.|
There were lots of design sheets on display with cloth swatches
pinned on them- I found these fascinating to see up close.
Another side room showed the toile mock ups for various
designs, even these were precisely made.
This cabinet showcased the trimmings - buttons and sequins etc
as well as a lovely beaded scarf/shawl.
|Every kind of button possible seemed to be here!|
This collage photo shows closes ups of the amazing embroidery
samples which were on display.
Proceeding through to the second room of exhibits there
were several distinct themed areas to see - this is the Art area where
you will find works inspired by artists such as Mondrian.
|Here you can see some of the details.|
|Beautiful sequin doves adorned the back of this cape.|
The famous Mondrian Dress - but note the 2
behind as well with lips and a heart.
|This section was Haute Couture and my favourite|
section of the whole exhibition.
My favourite dress of the exhibition is this 1959 Cascade
creation by YSL for Dior
And this raspberry coloured dress with tulle is the
1958 Zepherine YSL for Dior and was kindly loaned
by the Palais Galliera (one of my favourite haunts)
in Paris for this exhibition.
In the next section called Masculin/Feminin were some
superb examples of tailoring. The needlework is so sharp!
Opposite you find Transparence which shows
YSL's creations using very see through materials.
Not sure I would (could) wear one of these!!!
|The final section is Spectaculaire with very|
|I really liked this display! It is SS1990 Homage |
to Zizi a black organza sequinned sweater
with embroidery again by Lesage - not that
you could see it as it was too far away
The exhibition was really well curated and I
enjoyed the groupings of designs.
|It was hard to leave the exhibition so I back |
tracked a bit and revisited some of the dresses
to view the detail - here another example of
beautiful bead work.
This 1970s Charleston dress was
fabulously beaded and sequinned as well.
|Lovely photos were dotted around to |
add to the enjoyment.
|As well as various articles and video vignettes.|
If you want to catch the exhibition you have until 25 October 2015 before it finishes. The Bowes Museum itself is worth a visit and has a fabulous musical automaton silver swan which is wound up and played every day at 2pm. The only other automaton of its kind is the Peacock at The State Hermitage in St Petersburg Russia.
Bowes Museum - www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk
The Museum's blog is well worth a read too for behind the scenes info here
Fondation Pierre Berge - website here
Palais Galliera Paris - website here