More than 100 dresses will be on display including daywear, cocktail and evening dresses made for society and royalty alongside photographs by Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon and original Hollywood and documentary film. There will be audio recordings, textiles and archival material such as bills of sales and letters. More than 95 per cent of the dresses are from the V & A’s own fashion collections.
Dress and petticoat by Pierre Balmain. Dress: silk grosgrain with Swiss embroidery; Petticoat: boned silk and net. Given by Mrs G. Sachet, V&A: T.349&A-1975© V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum
To coincide with the exhibition The Golden Age of Couture: Paris & London 1947 - 57 the Gallery is also presenting a range of public programs, lectures and events. Bendigo Art Gallery is open daily 10am to 5pm (except 25 December).
Evening Dress by John Cavanagh© V&A Images /Victoria and Albert Museum
And if you're no where near Victoria then you can pacify yourself with a visit online to the V & A Image library at the Victoria Albert Museum.