Vintage fashion fans should make space on their bookshelves for the huge tome that is 1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook.
Whether you are a serious buyer, or simply want to swoon over some exquisite clothes, WilliamVintage's deluxe collection of vintage fashions are now available from a temporary outlet in London's Selfridges.
Collectors and women's vintage fashion enthusiasts will be thrilled to here about the vintage couture auctions starting at Christie's from this November.
Opening today at London's Somerset House is a new exhibition called Dior Illustrated. Subtitled René Gruau and the Line of Beauty it looks at the work of illustrator René Gruau who created iconic fashion imagery for Dior in the 1940s and 50s.
Gruau worked for some of the most famous couture houses and style magazines of the period but is best known for his collaboration with Christian Dior, for whom he created the marketing images for Dior's first perfume, Miss Dior, in 1947. The exhibition includes some of his illustrations for Dior parfums, alongside the original bottles. Gruau's fashion illustration remains influential today and there's the opportunity to see some of his sketches, alongside some of the haute couture dresses that inspired them, providing a glamorous snapshot of the era.
The exhibition runs until 9 January. Tickets cost £6, with concessions at £5.
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The big brands love to jump the gun on seasons, but every so often there's a piece that bears buying well in advance. This Off Shoulder Knit Dress by Christian Dior might not get a run out until the Autumn, but with looks like these it's certainly worth talking about.
Channelling a classic Dior look from the late fifties and early sixties, the dress has all the femininity and sharp sex appeal of early Dior designs. The off shoulder neckline shows just enough flesh to counterbalance the formality of the pencil skirt and professional bodice design. With a high, defined waist it creates those killer vintage curves you can't deny.
Get it online from Browns now for £900.