While Christian Dior is obviously not British, the V&A houses an exceptional number of Dior garments, including the famous Bar suit. In “the Image that Launched a Thousand Misconceptions" by Jonathan of kickshawproductions.com, the iconic image commonly associated with the original Bar suit of 1947, or the ‘New Look,’ is put under question. What are your thoughts? It’s an interesting topic to consider, both specifically in regards to Dior and in the wider realm of history. Ultimately it brings to the forefront the importance of questioning what “we know” to be true.
I’m currently reading “Dior" by Alexandra Palmer so this was an interesting article to stumble upon. Enjoy!
In “The Working Life of Museum of London,” various employees from the Museum of London post on a wide range of topics including the fashion and dress department. Beatrice Behlen, the Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London, often writes academic posts centering on the fashion department of the museum. I was able to find an archive for all the posts she has written, with topics ranging from acrobat costumes to events occurring within the museum. Take the chance to look through her posts - I plan on spending some time with the blog this weekend!
Sonnet Stanfill is the Curator of 20th Century and Contemporary fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Because the museum is such a force in the fashion and dress history world I thought it was appropriate to include a link to this article here. It’s a great source of insight for those of us interested in the field. Have a read and enjoy the build up to Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 - an exhibition I’m very excited to see!