Details From a Private Collection

The gallery showed three iconic examples of late 1950’s and early 1960′s couture, which highlighted aspects of structure, fabric and decoration. The dresses were generously lent by Baroness Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza (she was also known as Fiona Campbell-Walter, Vogue’s Face of 1954). The dresses by Balenciaga, Givenchy and Madame Grès, were shown on transparent mannequins designed by Clark and hung low to illustrate the importance of the inside of couture (revealing for example the rigid corseted interior to Gres’ flowing gown).