|Creators:||De La Haye, Amy|
Until the 1970s fashion history and curation privileged elite Parisian haute couture. Subsequently radical fashion, world dress and sub-cultural style have been fore-grounded. This project was commissioned by the V&A to redress this balance, focusing upon London couture, an area of British fashion which lacked academic and museological scrutiny. I case studied the work of leading couturier Catherine Walker.
My research questions in curating this exhibition were to compare this business with the Parisian industry (identical apart from not staging a show); to identify the couturiers signatures (influenced by 1930s bias cuts and flesh tones; lingerie; flowers and a preoccupation with flattering the feminine body) and reveal the commissioning and crafting of a couture garment. This evidence was not in the public domain. I contextualized Walker’s work within a continuum of London couture by examining the paper and clothing archives of historical couturiers at the V&A; and undertook research at Vogue House and LCF’s Special Collections.
Curatorial processes involved selecting and displaying garments, and writing exhibition texts, which engaged with the research themes. The accompanying book, (exhibition legacy and dissemination) forms the first academic scrutiny of a contemporary London couturier’s work and history of this previously overlooked area of London fashion.
|Type of Research:||Show/Exhibition|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
Amy de la Haye
Fashion in the context of the museum
I am writing a book, with LCF colleague Judith Clark, on the discipline of curating fashion for Yale University Press. As a trained dress historian and museum curator I will explore history and current practice and Judith, as a qualified architect and exhibition-maker, will focus upon design and installation issues. It centres around the 1971 Cecil Beaton exhibition at the V&A. To be published 1912.
With Valerie D. Mendes, I am writing a book about the archive of the House of Worth, which is housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It contains evidence about the couture house’s later, and lesser known, history from the 1890s through to the 1950s and its recent revival.
I would like to develop another curatorial project, possibly on fashion in the Edwardian era.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
Research Centres No Longer Active > Fashion, The Body And Material Cultures Research Centre (FBMC)
|Date:||01 May 2002|
|Funders:||V&A Museum, Catherine Walker, Universal Mannequins|
|Related Websites:||http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/15396.htm, http://www.fashion-body-materialcultures.org/research.php?sh=1&p=16|
|Event Location:||Dress Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London|
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|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||02 Dec 2009 21:48|
|Last Modified:||26 Sep 2011 13:48|