Last week I had to go to London for 2 days on a training course (hence over 4 hours of uninterrupted reading of Mrs Pettigrew). Since my training was in South Kensington, just round the corner from all the museums, I decided to treat myself to a trip to the V&A museum, which is my favourite museum in London. I had a nose around the glassware section and then ended up in the fashion section, where they have some new bits and pieces since the last time I visited. The best item was this beautiful polka dot dress, which was made in Paris in 1957. I first saw this dress at an exhibition a few years ago called “The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957.” The exhibition had room after room of beautiful dresses, shoes, bags, underwear and accessories, and was absolutely fabulous. They even had a room full of the Queens couture outfits from the period. You can find out a bit more on the V&A website about the exhibition.
Another dress which I loved was this Charles James dress from 1938 – beautiful and slinky and marking the end of the glamorous decade before the war. Brighton Museum has a small section dedicated to clothing, including some lovely Regency outfits, as befitting the Pavilion. If you are ever in the area, it is a great little museum to check out!