Long before Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen dressed Britain’s The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Belinda Bellville and David Sassoon were the go-to couture duo for high-society women in the public eye. London’s Fashion and Textile museum is looking back at their work with a new exhibition set to open to the public on the 20th September.
The exhibition, which also celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary, will look at how from the 1960s onwards, Bellville Sassoon became the label of choice for aristocrats, offering luxurious workmanship with a fashion-forward approach that differed from traditional couturiers of the time. Over 150 pieces will be on show, demonstrating how the debutant era of ‘coming out’ parties and balls gave way to the Swinging Sixties and a new generation of celebrities.
The label’s royal clients included Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Princess Michael of
Kent, as well as Princess Diana, who no doubt contributed to its enormous expansion in the 1980s, when designer Lorcan Mullany further developed the ready-to-wear business as well as the association with Vogue patterns.
Of the exhibition, head of the museum Celia Joicey said: ‘Bellville Sassoon’s designs epitomise high-society glamour. They reinvented British couture in the second half of the 20th century, and their designs wonderfully evoke a world of debutantes, socialites, weddings and royal celebrity.”
You can find the Fashion and Textile Museum on 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF