Are you a fan of Fifties fashion? Time to find out!

16th May 2012

‘Brittanica 1951-53′ in Selfridges’ Ultralounge

Fashion is having its Fifties moment at the moment with two gorgeous exhibitions to tie in with the Queen’s Jubilee. I just love the old-school glamour of the nipped in waists, sharp silhouettes and acres of fabric. It’s about as far from disposable high street fashion as it’s possible to get.

Launched last night, Selfridges (just crowned Best Department Store in the world btw!) is exhibiting Brittanica 1951-53, a modern recreation of early Fifties fashion but all from original patterns. Strikingly, the outfits are all presented in shades of grey, like a stylised black and white Vogue photoshoot from the era with splashes of colour coming from the Stephen Jones specially-designed couture hats. Curated by Judith Clark, who was the force behind Selfridges’ acclaimed Washed Up exhibition last year it’s part of a much larger store-wide Big British Bang celebration. See for more details.

Who else but Alexander McQueen?

Over at the V&A it’s a veritable social history lesson with Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 in the newly renovated two-floor Fashion Galleries featuring more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes and Hussein Chalayan, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

Princess Diana –  very pretty, but she’s forgotten the sideburns and cumberband

A selection of royal ballgowns will be also on display, including Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine, plus and gowns worn by today’s young royals and red carpet stalwarts such as Liz Hurley and Bianca Jagger.

‘Brittanica 1951-53′, runs until 24 June in the Ultralounge on Selfridges’ Lower Ground Floor.
‘Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950′, V&A Fashion Galleries, from 19 May 2012 – 6 Jan, 2013.

Posted in: Exhibitions/ Fashion/ Museums

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    mummyinmanolos , May 16, 2012

    Oh wow – stunning article. Luckily I have lots of excuses to go to Selfridges, I’m so there!

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    Kate D , May 16, 2012

    Top tip on the Selfridges exhibition Hero – it looks great. I will check it out! x Kate

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    Edita Lozovska , May 16, 2012

    Love this! Definitely up to see both exhibitions! :) Not many people would be able to pull off the Elvis dress with such grace :)

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      Muddy Stilettos , May 16, 2012

      Yes, agreed! If you enjoy the exhibition, please remember to comment on it on my blog! x